"This outcome suggests that some aspects of the low-carbohydrate diet
may have had detrimental effects on mood that, over the term of one year, negated any positive effects of weight loss," the authors write.
But the low-carbohydrate diet
was associated with an increase in the average size of LDL particles and produced a less atherogenic pattern of LDL particles compared with the low-fat diet, Ms.
Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues tested the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet
high in vegetable proteins from gluten, soy, nuts, fruits, vegetables, cereals and vegetable oils among overweight men and women with high LDL cholesterol levels.
Now that low carbohydrate diets are so popular (an estimated 10% to 15% of American and Canadian women are on a low-carbohydrate diet
), a growing proportion of women are not consuming enough folic acid from flour products to prevent neural tube defects.
Samuel Klein of the Washington University School of Medicine, the study has also revealed that short-term calorie restriction (CR) with a low-carbohydrate diet
caused a greater change in liver fat content and metabolic function than short-term CR with a high-carbohydrate diet.
In five of these trials--which comprised from 30 to 132 participants--the average weight loss in low-carbohydrate diet
groups ranged from 5.1 kg to 12 kg, compared with an average weight loss of 1.9-6.5 kg in the low-calorie diet groups.
Based on their observations, the researchers came to the conclusion that patients on the low-carbohydrate diet
increased fat burning throughout the entire body.
Another study, by Dr David Ludwig of Boston Children's Hospital, reported that a low-carbohydrate diet
was better than a high-carbohydrate diet in helping subjects keep weight off after they had dieted and lost.
"Instead, if one chooses to follow a low-carbohydrate diet
, then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy ageing in the long term."
In a new and exciting study published in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, (1) researchers explored whether the human body responds better to a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate diet
. This is a question hotly debated among fitness and nutrition enthusiasts as well as everyday people hoping to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
If your doctor advises you to lose weight in order to improve your heart health, would a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate diet
be more effective?
For a study at the University of Stanford, California, 609 overweight people all underwent genetic testing before being asked to follow either a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet
. In both cases they were urged to cut down on added sugar and refined grains and eat plenty of vegetables.