Low Carb Diet More Effective Than Low Fat Diet

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Low Carb Diet

People who followed a low carbohydrate, high protein diet lost more weight than people on a low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie diet during a six-month comparison study at Duke University Medical Center. However, the researchers caution that people with medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure should not start the diet without close medical supervision.

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"This diet can be quite powerful," said lead researcher Will Yancy, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a research associate at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "We found that the low carb diet was more effective for weight loss," Yancy added. "The weight loss surprised me, to be honest with you. We also found cholesterol levels seemed to improve more on a low carb diet compared to a low fat diet."

The study is the first randomized, controlled trial of an Atkins style diet approach, which includes vitamin and nutritional supplements. Along with losing an average of 26 pounds, dieters assigned to the low carbohydrate diet

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