This Just In: Low-Carb Diets DO Work Best

By Sally Jones

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A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared low-fat, low-carb, and low-glycemic index eating and found the low-carb diet was the most efficient for weight loss.

But, not so fast...

The low-carb dieters showed increased cortisol levels (cortisol has been shown in other studies to increase belly fat) as well as increased inflammation (which experts believe is an underlying contributor to many conditions, from arthritis to cancer).

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The low-glycemic index diet was almost as effective for weight loss as the low-carb diet, AND was considered the healthiest, with no increased cortisol or inflammation markers.

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The low-fat diet was not found to be effective for weight loss.

Low-glycemic index eating -- long suggested for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes -- focuses on eating a balance of lean protein, good fats, and good carbohydrates, with a focus on foods that rank low on the glycemic index because they don't spike blood sugar.

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Do Low-Carb Diets Work?

The study is available at
the Journal of the American Medical Association website.

Read More at JAMA