A meta-analysis released in the June issue of the British Journal of Nutrition shows that a carbohydrate-managed approach, such as the Atkins Diet, is more effective for long-term weight loss than a conventional low-fat diet. The study is the first meta-analysis that asserts that a low-carbohydrate diet performed better than low fat after the one and two-year mark. Of particular importance given the astronomical rates of obesity,diabetes and other co-morbid health conditions, the study showed that low-carbohydrate diets were both beneficial and safe for the highly insulin resistant, carbohydrate intolerant population, who need to keep carbohydrate consumption low long-term.
Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc., VP of Nutrition and Education at Atkins comments that, “This latest research adds to the strength of the Atkins Diet™ nutrition principles of adequate protein, healthy fats and suitable fiber from vegetables and low-glycemic fruits. It highlights the efficacy, safety and longer-term sustainability of the diet that can help health professionals and patients accept the Atkins regimen as a viable solution for reversing obesity and the risk factors associated with heart disease.”
Each study included in this review compared a conventional low-fat diet with a low-carbohydrate plan similar to the weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet. Also discovered in the review, and strengthening the evidence in favor of an Atkins-like approach, the review of 13 randomized controlled trials showed significantly improved good “HDL”cholesterol, triglycerides and diastolic blood pressure over the low-fat diet. ….read more