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Low Carb Weight Loss Diets and Long Term Effects (2)
Weight Loss Caused by Calorie Restriction Not Carbohydrate Intake
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Low Carb Diet Studies - Results
The researchers' meta-analysis found that people on diets of 60 or fewer grams of carbohydrates a day (a threshold used in some of the popular low-carbohydrate diets) did lose weight. But the weight loss was associated with restriction of caloric intake and longer diet duration, not with reduced carbohydrate intake. It also found that the greatest weight loss occurred among those participants on diets with the highest baseline weight and lowest caloric content.

"The greatest predictors of weight loss appear to be caloric intake and diet duration," she said. "The findings suggest that if you want to lose weight, you should eat fewer calories and do so over a long time period."

The researchers found no significant adverse effects on cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among participants on the diets. But, Bravata stressed, the adverse effects may not have shown up within the short period of the studies. She also said losing weight typically leads to an improvement in some of these levels, so this could have had an impact on the numbers.

Low Carb Diet Studies - Conclusion
The researchers concluded that there is insufficient evidence overall to make recommendations for or against using the diets. Bravata said studies are now needed on the role of exercise in weight loss (as exercise information was excluded from this analysis), the long-term effects of these diets and the effectiveness and safety of these diets for people over the age of 53.

Co-author Christopher Gardner agreed that more studies on low-carbohydrate diets are needed. "There wasn't a lot of information from well-designed, randomised controlled trials...The obesity epidemic involves people having weight problems for years or decades, and we need long-term data on these diets' effectiveness and safety."

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