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Study: Weight loss possible even with a small reduction in carbs

August 23, 2009 by  

Weight loss possible even with a small reduction in carbs, study saysRecent research may offer new hope for those who find it difficult to drastically cut down on cookies and bread – it suggests that even a moderate change in carbohydrate intake can make a significant difference.

The study was conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and measured the weight of participants who derived a standard amount of calories from carbohydrates versus those whose meal had a moderate reduction in calories from that source.

The results indicated the group which slightly reduced their carb intake experienced smaller fluctuations in glucose levels and stayed full for a longer period of time.

Dr. Barbara Gower, professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, says those following the moderate carbohydrate diet had a smaller increase in insulin and thus a more stable glucose level.

She adds that "this may help with weight loss because people may be less likely to overeat due to hunger pangs."

Scientists say simple carbohydrates – found in products such as soft drinks, processed foods or white bread – cause a spike in insulin levels, which lowers glucose levels and sends hunger signals to the brain.

The study results were presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Washington, DC.


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  • Lynne Richards

    What is considered a moderate level of carbs on a daily basis?

  • Randolph Kapeluck

    Completely agree. I think that we should all try and rid our diets as much as possible from any simple carbohydrates.

  • David

    My wife’s nutrition doctor has her on a diet that limits her carbohydrates to a maximum of 60 grams per day. With a minimum protein input of 100 grams per day.

    Of course, he is trying to sell her his line of protein drinks. those however we are not buying.

    • Lynne Richards

      Thanks David – i’ve heard 20 carbs a day first two weeks on Atkins plan to loose weight, but never really heard what is a good “maintenance range”. I’m at about 40 – 60 a day right now and losing about 1 lb a week. Its a bit slower than I like but no one else in my house is interested in watching carbs so its very hard for me to pare it much further without cooking all my own meals – which would really tick my husband off – he is the cook in the house. So i deal with it!

  • Tom Harris

    I have a large mid-sectopn and am 71 years of age with type II diabeties–I take 5 mg of gliptizide up to 4 times a day for diabeties. What foods can I eat with few or no carbohydrates ?

    Please reply by e-mail !!

  • Jack

    You not going to believe this but I have spent all day digging for some info about this. Thanks for this, it was a thought provoking read and has helped me out to no end. this is my site by the way (if you are interested) – diet plan


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