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Yet another study puts Atkins on top link
By:Cheryl
Date: Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 11:08 am

Here it is again, the low carb diet known as Atkins, turning out best results for losing the most weight, showing the best results in cholesterol reduction, and lowering blood pressure.

This is the longest study done, comparing 4 different current diets: Atkins, the Zone, LEARN, or Ornish. Atkins has the lowest carbs of the four. These 4 diets represent the full spectrum of low to high carbs, Zone next lowest to Atkins, LEARN higher, and Ornish's being the highest in carbs & the lowest in fat content.

One of the strengths of the $2 million study was that this setup mimicked real-world conditions, Gardner said. Women in the study had to prepare or buy all their own meals, and not everyone followed the diets exactly as the books laid out, just as in real life.

At the end of a year, the 77 women assigned to the Atkins group had lost an average of 10.4 pounds. Those assigned to LEARN lost 5.7 pounds, the Ornish followers lost 4.8 pounds and women on the Zone lost 3.5 pounds, on average. In all four groups, however, some participants lost up to 30 pounds.

The women on the Atkins plan not only lost the most weight, but their triglycerides, blood pressure decreased, while their high-density lipoproteins, the 'good' cholesterol, went up higher than the other diets too.

Interesting that the range of weight loss did not track exactly the carb/fat content of the diets. While Atkins showed the best results in weight loss (avg 10.4 pounds), LEARN was next at 5.7 pounds, followed by Ornish at 4.8 pounds, and trailing them all was the Zone with the smallest weight loss of only 3.5 pounds. That equal mix of carbs/protein/fat doesn't bode well for weight loss if someone wants or needs to lose weight.

“Many health professionals, including us, have either dismissed the value of very-low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss or been very skeptical of them,” said lead researcher Christopher Gardner, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. “But it seems to be a viable alternative for dieters.”

The results will be published in the March 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Yet another study puts Atkins on top link
Cheryl -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 11:08 am
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Les -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 2:18 pm
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Iggy -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 2:29 pm
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Les -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 6:12 pm
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Iggy -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 6:24 pm
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Les -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 11:49 pm
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Iggy -- Thursday, 8 March 2007, 1:13 am
South beach is the poor sister of Atkins
Cheryl -- Thursday, 8 March 2007, 1:44 am
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Iggy -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 2:58 pm
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Maddy -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 3:29 pm
Feel bad on Atkins?
Cheryl -- Thursday, 8 March 2007, 1:52 am
Is Atkins responsible?
Iggy -- Wednesday, 7 March 2007, 11:59 pm
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Cheryl -- Thursday, 8 March 2007, 1:54 am
WOW!
Iggy -- Thursday, 8 March 2007, 2:00 am