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Dieters Can Keep Weight Off With High-Protein, Low-Carb Foods

November 25, 2010: 11:30 AM EST

An eating regimen that emphasizes protein but avoids high glycemic index carbohydrates has proven effective at keeping the weight off overweight people who have already shed some pounds through dieting. The study by European researchersfound that “the ideal for the prevention of weight regain” is a diet comprised of lean meats, poultry and beans, but low in starchy carbohydrates – “a modest reduction in the glycemic index.” Researchers studied 773 overweight adults from eight European countries who had already lost an average of 24 pounds on a low-fat diet for two months. Six months into the study, the group that ate a low-protein, high-carb diet regained an average of four pounds. But those who stuck to the high-protein, low-carb diet either maintained their weight or continued to lose.

Thomas Meinert Larsen, Ph.D., et al., "Diets with High or Low Protein Content and Glycemic Index for Weight-Loss Maintenance", The New England Journal of Medicine, November 25, 2010, © NEJM.org
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