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25 November 2010

High protein, low carb diets best for weight loss

If you've worked hard to shed those extra pounds and want to keep the weight off, a new study suggests that you consider eating more protein and fewer refined carbohydrates.

If you've worked hard to shed those extra pounds and want to keep the weight off, a new Danish study suggests that you consider eating more protein and fewer refined carbohydrates.

With his colleagues, Larsen evaluated 938 adults with an average body-mass index (BMI) of 34, which is considered obese. In all, 773 completed the initial weight-loss phase and then were assigned to one of five different maintenance plans:

  • Low-protein diet, (13% of energy) with a high GI
  • Low protein, low GI diet
  • High protein (25% of energy), low GI diet
  • High protein, high GI diet
  • Control group, which got no special instructions

  • Breakfast of natural, unflavoured yogurt low in fat and fairly high in protein, with muesli, whole-grain crisp bread with low-fat cheese and an orange.
  • Vegetable sticks and low-fat cheese sticks for a snack.
  • Lunch of whole-grain rye bread with lean meat or chicken cold cuts, mackerel in tomato sauce and vegetables
  • Whole-grain rye bread with low-fat liver pate and cucumber for a snack.
  • Dinner of stir-fried turkey with vegetable and whole-grain pasta; avocado salad with feta cheese and sugar peas.

 
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