Research News

November 2009 Issue

New Findings Look at the Best Carbohydrate Intake for Optimal Weight

The amount of carbs you should eat in order to achieve a healthy weight is a hot topic these days. Should you eat a low-carb diet or a high-carb diet in order to win the battle of the bulge? When it comes down to it, there is little consensus among experts on the perfect mix of carbs, protein and fat that creates the best weight loss results over the long-term. Data suggests that high-protein/low-carb diets bring about greater weight loss in the short-term, compared with overall low-calorie diets, but at the end of one year there is no difference in weight loss. There is evidence that the Mediterranean diet (40 percent of calories from "good" fats and high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables) is as effective as low-carb and low-fat diets in weight reduction over two years. Researchers have also discovered that diets low in whole grains, fiber, fruit and vegetables, and high in trans fats are linked with obesity.

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