Here’s the se­cret to main­tain­ing weight loss

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Stay­ing in shape is no mean job as peo­ple of­ten find that they quickly re­gain the weight that they had shed af­ter a rig­or­ous regime of di­et­ing or ex­er­cise. Eat­ing a diet low on car­bo­hy­drates may, how­ever, help them main­tain weight loss, new re­search has found. This is be­cause eat­ing fewer car­bo­hy­drates in­creases the num­ber of calo­ries burned, said the study pub­lished in the jour­nal BMJ.

For the study, the re­searchers from Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in the US en­rolled 234 over­weight adults aged be­tween 18 and 65 to an ini­tial weight­loss diet for about 10 weeks.

Of these, 164 achieved the goal of los­ing 10 to 14 per cent of body weight. The par­tic­i­pants were then ran­domised to fol­low high, mod­er­ate or low-car­bo­hy­drate di­ets for an ad­di­tional 20 weeks with carbs com­pris­ing 60, 40 and 20 per cent of to­tal calo­ries, re­spec­tively.

The re­sults showed that over the 20 weeks, calo­ries burned was sig­nif­i­cantly greater on the low-car­bo­hy­drate diet ver­sus the high-car­bo­hy­drate diet. At the same av­er­age body weight, par­tic­i­pants who con­sumed the low-carb diet burned about 250 kilo­calo­ries a day more than those on the high-carb diet.

“If this dif­fer­ence per­sists - and we saw no drop-off dur­ing the 20 weeks of our study - the ef­fect would trans­late into about a 20-pound weight loss af­ter three years, with no change in calo­rie in­take,” said Cara Ebbel­ing from Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

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