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Monday 12 December 2011

Intermittent, Low-Carbohydrate Diets More Successful Than Standard Dieting, Study Finds

Harvie and her colleagues compared three diets during four months for effects on weight loss and blood markers of breast cancer risk among 115 women with a family history of breast cancer. They randomly assigned patients to one of the following diets: a calorie-restricted, low-carbohydrate diet for two days per week; an "ad lib" low-carbohydrate diet in which patients were permitted to eat unlimited protein and healthy fats, such as lean meats, olives and nuts, also for two days per week; and a standard, calorie-restricted daily Mediterranean diet for seven days per week.
Data revealed that both intermittent, low-carbohydrate diets were superior to the standard, daily Mediterranean diet in reducing weight, body fat and insulin resistance. Mean reduction in weight and body fat was roughly 4 kilograms (about 9 pounds) with the intermittent approaches compared with 2.4 kilograms (about 5 pounds) with the standard dietary approach. Insulin resistance reduced by 22 percent with the restricted low-carbohydrate diet and by 14 percent with the "ad lib" low-carbohydrate diet compared with 4 percent with the standard Mediterranean diet.


Anonymous said...

In 2007 i started the LC route without loads of Expensive Scientific testing....... just drop the carbs and see what happens. Within 1 month i had a pretty definite answer, within 2 years i had done the equivalent of give up smoking. These days looking forward to Christmas i will even indulge in a roast potato done in Goose fat to perfection.
Why ? ........... because i can !!!

Why are we still doing circumspect experiments ? There are enough of these now surely to provide a pretty sound basis to say whether or not there are any adverse effects not counting the one against Pharmas balance sheet.

Anonymous said...

From Carbos blog.

Well I'm more than happy with my 'fad' diet! Yes, it contradicts what most dietitians would recommend, yes it excludes starchy carbs and yes, it would upset the majority of health gurus out there.


For the first time in my adult life I have attained and sustained significant weight loss. I have had a host of health problems cured including depression, sleep apnoea and fatty liver disease. I have a great blood lipid profile. I have bags of energy and sleep like a baby each night. I eat a huge range of vegetables (there's more to life than a spud) and I have discovered new and exciting ways of cooking using a huge variety of spices and herbs. The only thing that limits you in creating tasty meals is your imagination. Oh and I've not had to use any form of medication for diabetes control for the last five years. I row, I run, I swim, play football, what else do the naysayers want? LOL

I don't think life could be much better for me at the moment. Yes it may be 'anecdotal' to anyone else reading this, but it's very real for me. If you are struggling with your blood numbers then perhaps you should keep an open mind with regard to 'fad' diets. If you've got it nailed with the prescribed 'healthy eating' plan then brilliant and good luck to you. Some of us aren't so lucky.