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 http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/nutrition/348-351/348-351.html.
Ellen Schuster, Associate State Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Friday, December 12, 2008