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More weight loss and better heart health with low carb diets

You may have tried a low-carbohydrate diet to lose weight, but did you know that such a diet could also protect you against heart disease?



After one year of comparing weight loss in people who followed either a low fat or a low carb diet, American scientists have some surprising results. At the end of a year, the low carb group had lost on average 4kg more than the low fat group and also showed greater improvements in cholesterol and cardiovascular (heart) health. 

The study, Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets: A Randomized Trial, assigned a group of 148 obese men and women, without heart disease or diabetes, to either a low-fat or a low-carb diet. 

The low fat group had to avoid saturated fats found in meat, whole milk and butter, while the low carb group could eat all of those foods, but were told not to eat white bread, sugary cereals and other high carbohydrate meals.  

“The low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet,” the researchers say. 

Restricting carbohydrate may be an option if you are seeking to lose weight and reduce heart disease risk factors, according to the authors.

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