Low-Carb Diet Plan Helps Insulin-Resistant Women Lose More Weight

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Post by RightEatingHabits.com –  A low-carb diet plan does work better in helping insulin-resistent women lose more weight than a low fat diet, a study by the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno shows. A low carb diet plan is similar to a low glycemic index diet (low GI diet) and  low glycemic load meal plan. The plan requires a conscious effort to eat only carbohydrate foods which stabilise blood glucose levels and have low carbohydrate content. A low-carb diet plan is a recipe for healthy eating: more whole grains, more fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, and no refined, processed foods, and saturated fats. What healthy foods to eat to lose more weight.

The study, reported in the Science Daily in Jun 2010, shows insulin-resistent women on a low-carb diet plan lose more weight (3-4 pounds) than those on a low-fat diet. So don’t skip the good fats. They are neccessary for weight loss.

Still watching your weight? Try cutting down your carbs every day. Eating less rice, noodles, and pasta will go a long way in helping you lose more weight quickly.

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Read the full report from the Science Daily:

Cutting Carbs Is More Effective Than Low-Fat Diet for Insulin-Resistant Women, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (June 21, 2010) — Obese women with insulin resistance lose more weight after three months on a lower-carbohydrate diet than on a traditional low-fat diet with the same number of calories, according to a new study.

The results were presented recently at The Endocrine Society’s 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

“The typical diet that physicians recommend for weight loss is a low-fat diet,” said the study’s lead author, Raymond Plodkowski, MD, chief of endocrinology, nutrition and metabolism at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno. “However, as this study shows, not all people have the same response to diets.”

People with insulin resistance, a common precursor for Type 2 diabetes, metabolize carbohydrates, or “carbs,” abnormally, which may affect their rate of weight loss. For them, Plodkowski said, “the lower-carb diet is more effective, at least in the short term.”

At 12-weeks, the study funded by Jenny Craig and using prepared calorie-controlled meals as part of a behavioral weight loss program, found that the insulin resistant women on a lower-carb diet lost 3.4 pounds more than those on a low-fat diet.

Low Carb DietStudy Participants Put On Low-Fat or Low-Carb Diet Plan

Forty-five obese women between the ages of 18 and 65 years participated in the study, and all had insulin resistance, as found by fasting blood levels of insulin. The researchers randomly assigned the women to either a low-fat or lower-carb diet. The groups did not differ significantly in average body weight, the authors reported. On average, women in the low-fat diet group weighed 213 pounds, while women in the other group weighed 223 pounds.

The composition of the low-fat diet was 60 percent of calories from carbs, 20 percent from fat and 20 percent from protein. Although the lower-carb diet also had 20 percent of calories from protein, it had 45 percent from carbs and 35 percent from primarily unsaturated fats, such as nuts. Menus included a minimum of 2 fruits and 3 vegetable servings a day.

Use of prepared meals helped make the structured diets easier and more palatable for the dieters, according to Plodkowski. “We wanted to make this study real-world — anyone could follow this plan by making moderate changes as part of a healthy menu,” he said.

Low-Carb Diet Plan Group Lost More Weight

Both groups lost weight at each monthly weigh-in, but by 12 weeks, the insulin resistant group receiving the lower-carb diet lost significantly more weight, 19.6 pounds versus 16.2 pounds in the low-fat diet group — approximately 21 percent more on average.

“These data have potential widespread applications for clinicians when counseling people with insulin resistance to help improve weight loss as part of a calorie-restricted diet,” Plodkowski said. “They should at least initially lower their carbohydrate intake.”

Story Source:

The Endocrine Society (2010, June 21). Cutting carbs is more effective than low-fat diet for insulin-resistant women, study finds. Science Daily. Retrieved August 1, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/06/100619173919.htm


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2 comments to Low-Carb Diet Plan Helps Insulin-Resistant Women Lose More Weight

  • Lynda

    At least for me the low carb diet works best. Although, it is also important to both limit your fat intake as well and hopefully ingest more “healthy fats”. If I stay away from simple sugars I can normally lose weight pretty easily. I also take the route of using prepared meals and definitely recommend it. It will make it much easier to keep track of what you eat and not cheat.

  • tcbridge

    Agree with you absolutely about avoiding simple sugars. I also look at food labels. I watch out for any added sugars in the product. Corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, syrup. If I spot any of these, I try to give that product a miss!

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