According to researchers, low carb diets are better than low fat diets for:

  1. Lowering diastolic blood pressure
  2. Lowering triglycerides
  3. Lowering very-low density lipoprotein cholesterol
  4. Increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol

Isn’t that strange.

A low-carb diet consisting of (20 g/d for 3 months) in the form of low–glycemic index vegetables with unrestricted consumption of fat and protein turns out to be healthier than the universally accepted low-fat diet consisting of limited energy intake (1200 to 1800 kcal/d; ≤30% calories from fat).

Strange.

Vegetables & meat are healthier than grains.

Weird.

Who would have guessed that???

BTW, this study was funded by the National Institutes of Health – no Atkins money in sight.

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6 comments

  1. Interesting information and do you think when they refer to “behavioral treatment” they mean something along the lines of assistance/guidance to get people into the right state of mind for this diet? Or something more severe?

  2. behavioral treatment sounds a little creepy doesn’t it.

    I assume they advised them to exercise, get 8 hrs sleep, etc…

    But it still sounds creepy

  3. Went to the study itself:

    Two statements are critical:

    1) Limitation: Intensive behavioral treatment was provided, patients with dyslipidemia and diabetes were excluded, and attrition at 2 years was high.

    SO…the people who have to be on carbohydrate controlled regemins were kept out of the study.

    2) Conclusion: Successful weight loss can be achieved with either a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet when coupled with behavioral treatment.

    Unlike the headline…either way is fine. Best bet…consult your doctor and also a Registered Dietitian before starting on a weight loss program.

  4. 1) All participants received behavioral treatment
    2) Patients with dyslipidemia and diabetes represent a minority in the general population (for now).

    Conclusion: Participants without dyslipidemia and diabetes lost more weight with low-carb than low-fat

    Fun fact #1 – Doctors receive approximately 12 hours of dietary instruction during their entire time in medical school
    Fun fact #2 – The majority of Registered Dietitians that I have interviewed (client referrals) still believe in the validity of the USDA Food Pyramid

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