Have you ever wondered why after many people lose weight the person ends up re-gaining their weight?
Well, a new study by the BMJ may have found out why. The study involved 234 overweight adults ages 18 -65 years old who too part in a weight loss diet for ten weeks. Of those participating, 164 achieved the target weight loss of around 10% of their body weight. Those 164 were then randomly selected to follow a high-carb, moderate carb and a low carb diet for 20 weeks. They found that for those on the low-carb diet, the total energy expenditure was significantly great than those on the moderate- and high-carb diets, meaning that those on the low-carb diet burned more calories each day that those on the other two. Also, hormones involved in energy balance changed in a potentially advantageous manner in participants assigned to the low carbohydrate diet compared with those assigned to the high carbohydrate diet.
Basically the study finds that low-carb diets are key to keeping off pounds.
Heart Healthy Advantages of a Low Carb Diet
Low-carb diets have a beneficial impact on a whole host of heart disease risk factors. Specifically, they reduce triglycerides which are a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and increase “good” cholesterol.
Low carb diets are proven to reduce blood sugar, insulin, and inflammation in the body — all of which can have a negative impact on the heart. Another huge advantage is weight loss, since heavier weights and obesity increase cardiovascular risk.
Low Carb Diet Advantages for a Heart Health
- Lower triglycerides
- Increased HDL levels
- Lowered glucose and insulin levels
- Increased weight loss
- Reduced systemic inflammation
BMJ Study: Read the full report at The BMJ
Springer study : Carbohydrate restriction has more favorable impact on metabolism