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Weight Loss - Simple Carbs or Complex Carbs?
A diet with less fat and more carbohydrates could lead to a modest but significant reduction in body weight - whatever the latest fad for high protein diets says. However, does the type of carbohydrate, simple or complex, make a large difference to weight loss? According to an EU funded study - no, apart from for the massively overweight among us.

Weight Loss Study (1)
Researchers in CARMEN, a European project, examined 400 moderately obese adult volunteers from Holland, Denmark, UK, Germany and Spain. For six months the study participants were put on different diets - some followed a diet high in simple carbohydrates, and others stuck to a diet high in complex carbohydrates. Fat, protein and carbohydrates are energy nutrients in foods. Of all, carbohydrates are the most immediate source of 'fuel' for the body. Simple carbohydrates are, for example, those from sugar, while complex carbohydrates come from pasta, rice, potatoes and bread.

Weight Loss Study - Result
The group on a simple carbohydrate diet lost 0.9 kg, while those on a complex carbohydrate diet lost 1.8kg, revealing a relatively small difference between the two. A similar trend was seen in changes to body fat mass.

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