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Low-Carb Diet Study
WDEF News 12
Jun 16, 2004 8:21 AM EDT
Nutrition experts hate it. But dieters love it. The low-carb craze is
still gaining in popularity.
Here’s Rachel Oesch to show us why one researcher says critics should
keep an open mind.
POUND FOR POUND, JUDY GURLITZ JOKES SHE JUST MIGHT BE THE WEIGHT-LOSS
Judy Gurlitz “My husband is fond of saying I’ve lost 3,000 pounds
since we’ve been married.”
NOW SHE SAYS HER DAYS OF YO-YO DIETING ARE OVER. IN A SIX MONTH STUDY
AT DUKE MEDICAL CENTER, SHE LOST 30 POUNDS ON ATKINS.
Judy Gurlitz “The great thing about the diet was the results were so
fast and it gave you incentive to stay on the diet.”
RESEARCHER WILL YANCY COMPARED THE CONTROVERSIAL LOW-CARB DIET WITH A
LOW-FAT DIET AND CAME UP WITH SOME SURPRISING RESULTS.
Will Yancy, M.D. “What we found out is the low carbohydrate dieters
lost more weight. More interestingly we also found that their
cholesterol seemed to improve more than the low-fat dieters.”
THE ATKINS DIET CONTRADICTS EVERYTHING WE KNOW AS HEALTHY EATING. BUT
IN LIGHT OF THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC, YANCY SAYS HE’S KEEPING AN OPEN
Will Yancy, M.D. “When we’ve gone through the last 20 years with the
low-fat diet as the only option for people to lose weight, it’s nice
to have another option for people with different food preferences and
different responses to diet.”
JUDY SAYS THE LOW-CARB DIET SLOWED DOWN HER APPETITE, SO SHE WAS ABLE
TO EAT FEWER CALORIES – AND EVENTUALLY LESS FAT.
Judy Gurlitz “I would replace things in the diet by putting in more
salad vegetables and then maybe not even be able to eat the amount of
meat that I had made or fish that I had made for that evening. It was
very interesting. I feel much healthier when I’m on the diet.”
AND THE FORMER YO-YO DIETER IS HAPPIER WITH HER SCALE.
DURING THE STUDY, MORE LOW-CARB DIETERS REPORTED CONSTIPATION AND
HEADACHES, BUT THEY WERE MORE LIKELY TO STICK TO THEIR DIET THAN THE