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Low Fat Beats Low Carb for Keeping Weight Off

Posted - Nov. 19, 2004 at 8:22 a.m.



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Dr. Kim Mulvihill reporting New research finds low fat beats low carb if you want to lose weight and keep it off.

The findings were presented this week at an obesity conference in Las Vegas. And researchers say the low down on low carb is that the weight loss just won't last.

Researchers used data from the National Weight Control registry. They studied the diets of 27-hundred people, mostly middle aged women. All lost at least 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year.

The dieters all reported eating 14-hundred calories a day.

But, over an eight year period, people ate more fat, and fewer carbs. In fact, the number of people on low carb diets nearly tripled.

Researchers found the type of diet made no difference in how people lost weight initially. But those who increased their fat intake while dropping carbs and eating the same protein, regained the most weight.

Advocates for the Atkins Diet says these dieters still ate too many carbs.

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