Anybody read about the Study on Atkins and Other Diets?
March 15, 2007 9:37pm CST
The local newspaper had an article about a yearlong study of four diets: Atkins, a low-fat, reduced calorie diet, the Zone, and the low-fat, high carb diet recommended by Dr. Dean Ornish. Atkins users fared slightly better and did not suffer the predicted health side effects of a high fat, high protein diet. In fact, there were noticeable health improvements. As a whole, the results were dismal: Atkins users lost an average of 10 pounds, while users of the other diets lost around 6. The article points out that the subjects didn't follow any of the diets as they should or they would've lost much more weight. My doctor has me on a limited carb diet. I don't follow it regularly - carbs just call to me. But I feel better about it after reading the article. Ornish, of course, took issue with the study. It originally ran in the Washington Post. Here's a version from the Salt Lake Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/healthscience/ci_5421175 I must say, I was a vegetarian for six years and my weight did nothing but skyrocket. Plus, I was hungry all the time.
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