Low-Carb Rules Again

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
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A recent study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association. This study took its participants and had them lose 10-15% body fat. They then tested a low-fat diet, low-carb diet, and a low glycemic diet (similar to the Mediterranean diet) for their benefits for weight management after losing weight.

The problem with most people is they continually lose weight and then put it back on later down the road, sometimes to a greater extent. There are mechanisms explained in the scientific literature that show that weight loss will stimulate appetite. See my article explaining the body fat sepoint http://robbwolf.com/2012/02/15/carb-addiction-cake-is-the-new-crack/. These sscientists were attempting to determine what type of diet would work best at maintianing weight loss.

The low-carb diet actually showed to have better insulin sensitivity then the other two as well as better leptin sensitivity. HDL and triglycerides were also better in the low-carb diet. The low-fat diet, that we are told to eat per the USDA, stacked up the worst in all categories. Maybe this is why we are getting sick? Oh yeah, the low-carb dieters actually burned 300 more calories at rest then the low-fat dieters and 150 calories more then the low-glycemic group.

The study concluded by saying that “The results of our study challenge the notion that a calorie is a calorie.” How long have I been saying this!? This is a well done study and finally something conclusive that shows a paleo type diet to be superior then others when looked at as a whole. Too often nutritional research only looks at smaller pieces. I am excited to see the swing in our favor in the health movement and to finally stop seeing so many sick people.

Here are the links to the study as well as a USA Today article

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/JAMA/24277/jpc120005_2627_2634.pdf (full-text)


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