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Heart Health

01 September 2009

Heart health: low-carb diet best

Cutting kilojoules, whether by trimming fat or carbohydrates, aids weight loss, but the low-carb approach may do a better job of reducing risk factors for heart disease.

Cutting kilojoules, whether by trimming fat or carbohydrates, aids weight loss, but the low-carb approach may do a better job of reducing risk factors for heart disease, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Diabetology, looked at a weight-loss programme that was offered "telemedically" – with participants getting telephone advice from a nutritionist and sending in their weekly weigh-in numbers via cell phone.

Both groups lost weight
Overall, they found, both groups lost weight – with the average weight loss at 12 months being about 13 pounds (5.9kg) in the low-carb group and 9.5 pounds (4.3kg) in the low-fat group.

 

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