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[IP] FW: NNF - Low-Carbohydrate Diet and Weight Loss - 1

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Jim Handsfield
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The opinions expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily represent those
of my wife who runs our house and makes more important decisions than I do.

> -----Original Message-----
> June 23, 2003
> "Nutrition news is important.  We help you understand it!"
> Today's Topic: Low-Carbohydrate Diet and Weight Loss - 1
> There is continuing controversy about the utility and safety of diets
> for weight loss that severely restrict carbohydrates.  Two studies
> appeared in the same edition of the New England Journal of Medicine
> (NEJM).  The first compared a low-fat diet with a low-carbohydrate
> diet in 132 subjects for six months.
> The subjects were severely obese with an average BMI of almost 43.
> More than 80 percent had diabetes or the prediabetic condition called
> metabolic syndrome.  Those on the low-carbohydrate diet, restricted to
> 30 grams or less per day, lost significantly more weight (5.9 kg or
> 13 lbs) than people on the low-fat diet (1.9 kg or 4 lbs).  In
> addition, serum triglycerides and insulin sensitivity improved more
> with the low-carbohydrate diet.  The study was published in the
> May 22, 2003 NEJM.
> < http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/348/21/2074 >
> HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The authors pointed out that
> 40 percent of the participants dropped out of the study, weight loss
> differences between the two groups were not great, and the study was
> not long enough to reach a conclusion about effectiveness.  Although
> this diet works in the short term, it is difficult to follow (but what
> diet is easy?) and it does not provide adequate nutrients without
> supplementation.  An accompanying editorial pointed out that both
> studies suffered from high dropout rates, the weight loss was
> relatively small, and in the study we describe tomorrow, there was no
> difference at one year.
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