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I read that recent studies show that low carb diets help you lose weight. Is that true?

Only for 6 months or less. So far, studies show that you don’t lose any more weight in the long run on a low carb diet when compared to a low-fat diet.

You might be interested to hear about success stories from people who have maintained weight loss of 30 pounds or more. The National Weight Control Registry has tracked more than 5,000 people and they found that when people start thinking in terms of lifestyle changes and stop thinking about dieting they are more successful.

Another successful strategy? Increasing physical activity. Seventy-five percent of people listed walking as their main form of activity, close to an hour a day. If you want more information about the studies of low carb diets go to


Ellen Schuster, Associate State Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension











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