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  • Increasing protein intake from 12% to 25% increases weight loss by 8.4 lbs in six months

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    Increasing protein intake from 12 percent to 25 percent increased weight loss by an average of 8.4 pounds in six months according to a recent study. Subjects

    Subjects : 50 women and 15 men

    The study involved 65 people—50 women and 15 men—who were 18- to 55-years-old.

    Subjects : 25 in the high-protein group

    Twenty-five were assigned to eat a high-protein, reduced-fat diet containing 25 percent protein and 30 percent fat.

    Subjects : 25 in the low-protein group

    Another twenty-five were assigned to eat a low-protein, reduced-fat diet containing 12 percent protein and 30 percent fat.

    Subjects : 15 in the control group

    And the remaining 15 people were asked not to change their diet. They acted as the control group.


    Weight loss

    Weight loss : 19.6 lbs vs 11.2 lbs

    After six months, those in the high-protein group had lost an average of 19.6 pounds compared to 11.2 pounds for the low-protein group, a difference of 8.4 pounds, and no change in the control group.


    Fat loss

    Fat loss : 16.7 lbs vs 9.5 lbs

    The amount of fat loss was 16.7 pounds for the high-protein group versus 9.5 pounds for the low-protein group, a difference of 7.2 pounds.


    Large Weight Loss

    Losing more than 22 lbs : 35% vs 9%

    Thirty-five percent of those on the high-protein diet lost more than 22 pounds compared to only 9 percent on the low-protein diet.



    Conclusion : Replacing some carbs with protein improves weight loss

    “Replacement of some dietary carbohydrate by protein in an ad libitum fat-reduced diet, improves weight loss and increases the proportion of subjects achieving a clinically relevant weight loss,” the authors concluded.


    Skov A, Toubro S, Ronn B, Holm L, Astrup A. Randomized trial on protein vs carbohydrate in ad libitum fat reduced diet for the treatment of obesity. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1999 May, 23(5):528-36.


    Dr. Arnie Astrup
    Department of Human Nutrition
    Centre for Advanced Food Studies
    The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
    Rolighedsvej 30
    1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
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