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New Study Says Diet High in Protein and Low in Carbs Is Best For Weight Loss

Atkins Diet: A-OK?

In 2004, Atkins was the diet: low carb! high protein! The problem was that people were filling up on fatty burgers, bacon, and steaks, and it wasn't long before the diet lost some credibility. Years later, a new study says that a low-carb diet may be the best way to maintain weight loss.

The study followed 773 adults who had previously lost at least eight percent of their body weight on a low-calorie diet. After losing the weight, each adult was assigned to a different type of weight maintenance diet that contained different amounts of fat, protein, or carbs (both high and low glycemic). Of the 548 people who completed the full 26 weeks, those who ate a diet low in protein and high in refined carbs gained a significant amount of weight, while people following diets that were high in protein and low in carbs kept the most amount of weight off. Individuals in the success group noted having more energy and were less hungry most of the time.

While we are not taking the results of this study as a throwback to the Atkins, it is confirmation of something that we've believed for awhile now: cut back on refined grains! Refined grains have been shown to be addictive and spike blood sugar in the body, which means that bit of energy you feel will not sustain itself and you'll get hungrier sooner. Start ridding your shelves of white bread, pasta, and sugar, and replace it whole hearty grains, instead.

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
"those who ate a diet low in protein and high in refined carbs gained a significant amount of weight" No, REALLY? Shocker. /sarcasm What about a diet rich in WHOLE GRAINS (good carbs) and moderate-low protein? This study is very misleading.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Yeah 100% whole grains seem to hide behind all of the fake stuff that pay to be in front, but it's there! Brown rice and quinoa are my faves.
Feesje Feesje 6 years
Or cut back on grains all together and go primal.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I lost my weight by controlling my portions. I didn't eat meat before dieting, so I certainly wasn't going to start!
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
Refined carbs are bad, but so tasty. But I don't think there is one diet for all human beings. Each individual is different. I've also read so many other studies that say overconsumption of animal products is bad for your health, so it seems like there is more and more studies that conflict with one another. The best diet is probably tons of fruits and veg, whole grains, plant fats and protein (mostly plant sources and some animal sources)... but what do i know
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