Low-Carb Diet Beats Low-Fat Diet By Increasing Good Cholesterol

August 4th, 2010 - 8:03 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

August 4, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): New research study results have revealed that a low-carb diet may actually be more beneficial than a low-fat diet, especially when you are trying to lose weight.

The studies which included counseling people in groups also reveal that both the diets do help to improve the cholesterol level. But it is the low-carb diet which enhances the good cholesterol, the number being almost twice as much than what you get from following a low-fat diet.

The study was conducted over a period of two years and the end result was strikingly similar as far as weight loss is concerned. Both the groups lost 15 pounds or 7% of body weight.

Gary Foster, the director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at the Temple University was the leader of the study which was funded federally. The vast improvement in HDL or good cholesterol (almost 23%) in a low-carb diet as opposed to 12% in a low-fat diet was the most prominent difference. Foster said that the levels of HDL are normally improved by medicines and getting the same results through a diet is just amazing.

The findings from the study were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Tuesday. The study was conducted on 306 adults about two thirds of whom were female. All of them were obese but had no problems with their cholesterol levels, nor were they diabetic.

The specific reason behind the buildup of good cholesterol is unknown so far.

However, many feel that the popularity of this particular diet may result in an increased number of heart diseases as the fat gets accumulated within the body. Foster felt that such fears were entirely unfounded.

The study results have been accepted by most of the experts in this field as it was conducted on a large number of people across many cities of the nation. Dr. William Yancy of the Durham VA Medical Center confirmed it by stating Philadelphia, Denver and St. Louis as a few of the places where the study was conducted. Yancy himself had been involved in a similar research but was not part of this particular project.

Foster said that the persons considering a diet plan can use both of them as they do not make any difference to the amount of weight lost. However, with obesity on the rise, it is better to have multiple options, said Yancy.

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