A continuous research shows that eating a dietary pattern that’s lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats is an effective way to sustain long-term weight loss and improve your blood glucose control and heart health.

“It’s a dietary pattern that’s still nutritionally complete, so it still has an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and can be used by a variety of people,” Professor Grant Brinkworth from CSIRO said.

“But it is an energy-controlled plan, so for people that are trying to lose weight, and in particular people with insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome, it can be particularly effective because of the enhanced improvements with blood glucose control.

“The research shows that if you combine a low-carb diet with resistance exercises in particular, it’s really effective for sustaining long-term weight loss.

“Resistance on the muscles will help to maintain muscle mass and a higher metabolic rate, which makes it easier to maintain a healthy body weight long-term.

“The exercises only have to be around a moderate intensity – and roughly 30 to 60 minutes a day is recommended.”

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