THIS STUDY IS IMPORTANT…LOW CARB DIETS INVOLVE EATING NATURAL WHOLE FOODS, WHICH ALSO HAPPEN TO CONTAIN “FAT”…BUT UNDER A LOWER CALORIE REGIME, LESS THAN 2,000 CALORIES PER DAY HERE AT FOUR PACKS, FAT REMAINS MODERATE…NOW THIS STUDY SHOWS THAT BLOOD PRESSURE WILL BENEFIT FROM LIMITING CARBS….MORE TO FOLLOW…
In the study, overweight or obese individuals who went on a low-carb diet lost about the same amount of weight as those who cut down on their fat intake and took the weight-loss aid orlistat (sold as Xenical or Alli). However, the low-carb diet produced more favorable effects on blood pressure.
Most studies of weight loss methods have enrolled overweight or obese volunteers who were healthy, aside from weighing too much. The current study, in contrast, enrolled “real patients” with common conditions like diabetes and heart disease, William S. Yancy Jr. of the VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, told Reuters Health. People with these health issues are often excluded from weight loss studies, Yancy said.
He and his colleagues assigned 146 patients to either receive instruction on eating a low-carbohydrate diet, and to start out by eating fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrate daily, or to take 120 mg of orlistat three times a day and receive instructions on eating a lower calorie, lower-fat diet. All of the study participants received diet instructions at group meetings, which were every two weeks for the first six months of the study, and monthly thereafter.
After 48 weeks, the low-carb group had lost about 9.5 percent of their body weight, compared to 8.5 percent for the orlistat group, which wasn’t a significant difference. There also were similar improvements in cholesterol levels between the two groups. But the low carb diet did offer an advantage in terms of blood pressure reduction.