Posted by: 4pack | March 2, 2010

“Ideal Diets”: Medical Study Finds Low-Carb Diets Are More Difficult To Maintain And Thus Result In Lower Weight-Loss Over Time

YES, IT TAKES DISCIPLINE…THE CREATION OF A ROUTINE THAT COMPLIMENTS YOUR LIFESTYLE…THE REASONS TO ATTAIN IDEAL SHAPE MUST BE PART OF WHO YOU ARE…OTHERWISE THE “PRIVATIONS” OF A LOWER CALORIE DIET WILL OVERWHELM MOST PEOPLE AND EATING WILL BECOME AN “ACTIVITY”…JUST LIKE WATCHING TV…

“It’s really hard for people to sustain a low-carb diet. They can stick with it for six months, but then you see a gradual return to baseline,” said lead study author Dr. Marion Vetter, medical director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. “Low-fat diets may be a little easier for people to stick with.”

Three years after going on a diet, obese men and women on low-carbohydrate “Atkins”-type plans had gained back nearly all their weight, while those on low-fat diets continued to lose, new research finds. Click here to find out more!

Neither group ended up model-thin, however: Three years out, the low-carb dieters were a mere five pounds thinner and the low-fat group about 10 pounds slimmer than when they began.

The study is published in the March 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In 2003, around the time the low-carb Atkins diet was all the rage, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published research that found that obese men and women lost a lot more weight — initially — when on a low-carb versus a low-fat diet. At the six-month mark, obese dieters on the low-carb plan had lost about 13 pounds, compared to about 4.5 pounds on a low-fat diet.

But what about keeping the weight off long-term? The new study suggests that as time goes on, low-carbohydrate regimens fall short.

http://www.usnews.com/health/diet-fitness/diet/articles/2010/03/01/low-fat-diets-beat-low-carb-regimen-long-term.html

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