Lead author, Dr. Lydia Bazzano of Tulane University in New Orleans has said that according to her new study, results have shown that with proper nutritional counseling people can in fact lose more weight than a low-fat diet, while simultaneously lowering the risk of heart-disease. Dr. Bazzano is directly quoted with saying, “This study shows if you are overweight and have cardiovascular disease risk factors and haven’t had success on other diets, certainly a low-carbohydrate diet is worth a try.”
As there had been no solid results before this new study, researchers feared the outcome because diets low in carbs tend to be higher in fats; patients who were suffering from or at risk of heart-disease were advised against attempting this method, if they were advised about it at all. This latest study puts to bed many of the concerns that were once holding doctors and nutritionists alike back from suggesting a low-carbohydrate diet as an alternative means of both lowering risk and losing weight.
Carbohydrates are typically found in foods like sugar, starches, fiber and are used to provide our bodies with energy. Not all carbohydrates are bad, but the ones we encounter most frequently are. Bad carbs can be found in things like refined wheats, processed chocolates, and a multitude of other places. The carbohydrates found in things like fruits and whole grains are generally considered healthier than the former.
The results were rather impressive, with those who had dieted by reducing their carbs had lost an average of 8 pounds more than those who had participated in the low-fat diet. To add the proverbial icing to the cake, the results had also shown no increase in patients’ cholesterol levels.
Dr. David Jenkins of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and the Keenan Research Center at St. Michael’s Hospital was quoted saying, “I think it’s another testament to what one can do with a more plant-based diet using the right macronutrient profile,” though he had no direct involvement in Dr. Bazzano’s study.
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