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