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    Low-carb diet causes adolescents to lose 21.8 lbs vs 10.8 lbs on low-fat diet


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    Monday, October 25, 2010 6:19 am Email this article
    Adolescent lost 21.8 pounds in three months on a low-carbohydrate diet compared to 10.8 pounds on a low-fat diet according to a recent study. Low-Carb Diet

    Less than 20 grams of carbs per day for first two weeks, then no more than 40 grams

    The low-carbohydrate group were instructed to eat less than 20 grams of carbohydrates for the first 2 weeks, and then no more than 40 grams per day for the next 10 weeks.

     

    Low-Fat Diet

    Low-fat group told to limit fat to 30% of calories

    The low-fat group were instructed to eat no more than 30 percent of their calories as fat.

    “The [low-carbohydrate] diet appears to be an effective method for short-term weight loss in overweight adolescents and does not harm the lipid profile,” the authors of the study concluded.

    REFERENCE

    Sondike S, Copperman N, Jacobson M. Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor in overweight adolescents. J Pediatr. 2003 Mar, 142(3):253-58.

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