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Premenopausal Women Following a Low-Carbohydrate/High-Protein Diet Experience Greater Weight Loss and Less Hunger Compared to a High-Carbohydrate/Low-Fat Diet

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Premenopausal women were instructed to follow either a low carbohydrate/high protein diet (20 grams of carbohydrate per day) increasing carbohydrate by 5 grams per week, or a high carbohydrate/low fat diet (150 grams of carbohydrate, 30% energy from fat) for six weeks. Both groups lost a significant amount of weight from before they began the diet, but the 14 women on the low carbohydrate diet lost significantly more than the 15 women on the high carbohydrate diet (14.8% vs 4.3% body weight). Both groups reported having a significantly greater amount of eating restraint than before they began the diet. Only in the low carbohydrate group did hunger scores decrease significantly. Although women in both groups had weight loss success, a low carbohydrate diet appears to be superior to a higher carbohydrate diet as it results in greater percent change in body weight with lower scores in hunger.

Commentary:

The following information was written by Atkins professionals.

A low carbohydrate/high protein diet produced greater weight loss than a high carbohydrate/low fat diet. This could be related to how the women on the low carbohydrate diet reported being significantly less hungry than the women on the higher carbohydrate diet, as being less hungry would make it easier to adhere to diet guidelines. These results suggest that women may experience greater benefits following a low carbohydrate diet than a high carbohydrate diet.

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