Recently, a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine received a flurry of media attention.
The study authors started by admitting that low-carbohydrate dieting
was indeed effective, not only for weight loss, but for reducing
insulin resistance, lowering triglyceride concentrations and for
raising HDL (so-called “good” cholesterol). The researchers wanted to
see if they could design a low-carbohydrate diet that retained the
proven weight-loss benefits of low-carb plans like Atkins and also help
people improve their cholesterol while following a vegetarian, vegan