Low-carb diets cut cravings

This is old news, but summarizes a study where participants ate a low-carbohydrate diet, and found it easy to lose weight. Without trying, they ate 1000 calories less per day. It seems to reflect the old wisdom that some foods “stick to your ribs” and avert hunger.

ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2005) — PHILADELPHIA (March 15, 2005) — A new three-week in-hospital study of 10 volunteers found that during the two-week period on a strictly controlled very-low carbohydrate diet, participants lost an average of 3.6 pounds, voluntarily reduced their calorie intake from 3,111 calories per day to 2,164 calories per day, and did not eat more of the readily available fat and protein to make up for the lost carbohydrate calories.

The study, “Effect of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet on Appetite, Blood Glucose Levels, and Insulin Resistance in Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes,” compared a very low-carbohydrate diet with a regular diet. It is published in the March 15, 2005, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

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