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Friday, December 16, 2011

Low-Carb Diets vs Standard Low-Calorie Diets -STUDY

Hmm, this was rather an interesting study, I thought.    Here is the article.  Both the low-carb diet variants (which were for only 2 days a week) did better than the low-calorie Mediterranean diet alone (7 days a week).  Interesting!  However, even more interesting is that it helped to keep calories in check with a low-carb diet as well - it was more effective.  Guess that makes sense!  What surprises me though is that 2 days of low-carbing was enough to lose weight.

However, one should be aware that there are low-carb Mediterranean diets by Dr. Steve Parker who wrote 2 books, the Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet and the Advanced Mediterranean Diet; now these diets are bound to be even better - i.e. low-carb and a Mediterranean diet combined - that is superior!

"Harvie and her colleagues compared three diets during four months for effects on weight loss and blood markers of breast cancer risk among 115 women with a family history of breast cancer. They randomly assigned patients to one of the following diets: a calorie-restricted, low-carbohydrate diet for two days per week; an "ad lib" low-carbohydrate diet in which patients were permitted to eat unlimited protein and healthy fats, such as lean meats, olives and nuts, also for two days per week; and a standard, calorie-restricted daily Mediterranean diet for seven days per week."


Ann said...

Very interesting! I'm off to read the article on the low-carb Mediterranean diet. I gotta have my pasta!

Curry and Comfort said...

I really should be following both. :) thanks for the articles. Have a great weekend. :)

Lizzy said...

I love when there's actually a comparison between a couple diet plans...seems like everyone claims theirs works's hard to know what to believe!

Jennifer said...

Hey, Ann - you are doing well on your low-cal diet. If you find hunger is a problem then you will find the opposite with low-carbing. There is no hunger involved for most of us. If you ever want to try a low-carb diet for a period, you can have pasta. Dreamfields pasta tastes like the real thing! I can't use it anymore thanks to Ian not being able to have gluten, so I'm sorry about that....I sometimes use a little of the real high carb gluten-free quinoa and corn pasta, but very rarely as it is a cheat for us and typically can create cravings.

Jennifer said...

I know, Lizzy, however, you don't seem to have a problem with weight. You are fortunate.

Jennifer said...

You are welcome, Ramona. :) Remember of all the carbs, I think some rice actually is not too bad. My DH loses weight and eats rice most days but stays low-carb otherwise.

Steve Parker, M.D. said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Jennifer!

The results from the study you mention are encouraging for the low-carb community.

The way the study was set up would probably not hold up well in the real world. As I recall, the two days a week of very-low-calorie or low-carbing are pretty strict. The low-calorie day was about 650 cals, according to the reports I saw. That's not something I'd want to do very often; that's sounds about like intermittent fasting, really.

I look forward to full details of the study after they publish in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. That may take a year, unfortunately.

Anybody who wants to try a low-carb Mediterranean-style diet can go to my Diabetic Mediterranean Diet blog and pick up a fairly comprehensive (and free) outline on how to do it. (It's not just for diabetics.)

Merry Christmas to all!


Jennifer said...

Ah, that makes sense Steve. Intermittent fasting definitely does work and if one does it a couple of days a week - that would ensure weight loss - especially at that calorie level.

Thanks and a Merry Christmas to you too. :)

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