Comparison of 4 diet plans: all produce similar results
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- Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 09:45:55 -0700 (PDT)
Want to Lose Weight? Just Eat Less, Diet Study Suggests
Comparison of 4 diet plans finds all produce similar results
By Serena Gordon
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to lose weight, it
doesn't seem to matter what type of diet plan you choose. What really
matters is that you just eat less.
A study in the Feb. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
compared a variety of diet plans -- which emphasized varying degrees
of fat, protein and carbohydrates -- and found that any eating plan
that causes you to consume fewer calories will help you lose weight.
"This study has a very practical, useful message," said study author
Dr. Frank Sacks, a professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at
the Harvard School of Public Health. "It doesn't really matter much
the specific type of diet -- see what suits you best. The focus should
be on reducing calories. That's what really counts."
Intense debates have raged over what type of diet plan is best. Study
results on low-fat diets and high-protein diets have been mixed, with
none providing conclusive evidence, according to background
information in Sacks' study.
To try to answer the question of what works best, Sacks and his
colleagues recruited 811 overweight people, about 40 percent of them
men, from two cities -- Boston and Baton Rouge, La.
They were randomly assigned to follow one of four diets:
Low-fat, average-protein diet made up of 20 percent fat, 15 percent
protein and 65 percent carbohydrates.
Low-fat, high-protein diet of 20 percent fat, 25 percent protein and
55 percent carbohydrates.
High-fat, average-protein plan containing 40 percent fat, 15 percent
protein and 45 percent carbohydrates.
High-fat, high-protein diet of 40 percent fat, 25 percent protein and
35 percent carbohydrates
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