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Once Again—New Research Shows that Low-Carb Diets Reign Supreme

I love it when I can be one of the first share the positive results of brand-new research on low-carb diets. In a study presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine show that when overweight or obese people lose weight, whether through a low-carb or low-fat diet, they reduce inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation occurs naturally when our body’s immune system fights off an irritant or infection or responds to an injury, but being overweight or obese also increases the risk of inflammation throughout the body. This type of inflammation is known as systemic inflammation and may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

“Our findings indicate that you can reduce systemic inflammation, and possibly lower your risk of heart disease, no matter which diet—either low-carb or low-fat,” says Kerry  Stewart, Ed.D.,  professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology. “The important factor is how much weight you lose—especially belly fat.”

While it’s great that both low-fat and low-carb diets can help you lose enough weight to lower your levels of systemic inflammation, researchers did note that participants on the low-carb diet lost more weight than those on the low-fat diet—28 pounds versus 18 pounds. The low-carb diet group also had a greater decrease in BMI and belly fat.

“In both groups, there was a significant drop in the levels of all three measures of inflammation,” says Stewart, indicating that a diet higher in fat and protein (such as Atkins) doesn’t interfere with the ability to lower inflammation, as long as you are losing weight.

We know that weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all approach—if Atkins is working for you, keep with it! You are not only shrinking your waistline but your risk for heart disease as well.

Published Monday, November 05, 2012 11:26 AM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Weight Loss, Nutrition
Comments
Jacq said:
Love Love Love reading this news early in the morning! Great start to the day! Thanks Colette! :)
November 07, 2012 07:58 AM EST
notamolly said:
Hi Colette! I am wondering about the ketosis strips and Atkins. When should I start testing to see if I am actually burning fat?
November 12, 2012 10:57 PM EST
luvinglife said:
I need to read this today. I work in the health insurance business and hear so much sometimes it makes you just want to give up. Thank you for this blog, it encouraged me to keep on eating low carb.
November 13, 2012 11:36 AM EST
nassau97 said:
Is there a restaurant the I can eat that support Atkins diet?
November 13, 2012 04:53 PM EST
spurlicm said:
Hi Colette, I have been doing Atkins for 21 days. During the first week I lost 6lbs and the 2nd week nothing. For the better part of the third week, still no results. I started using the ketone urine sticks and I staying in the pink to dark pink range. So, since Friday, November 16th, I've done what the book suggested and cut out everything except meat, foul, poultry, eggs and cheese. By the third day of this strict diet the stick turned purple, not the darkest purple, but finally purple and I lost 4 lbs in three days. The book says to incorporate vegetables back into the diet after it turns purple, but I'm nervous. What if I stop losing or the urine stick falls out of the purple range? Should I do it a little longer to see if it will move to dark purple? I have always had a hard time losing weight, but I don't want to stay on just meat, foul, poultry, eggs and cheese forever.
November 18, 2012 04:02 PM EST
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