Weight Loss: It's Calories, Not Carbs

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BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS April 9, 2003

Weight Loss: It's Calories, Not Carbs

April 9, 2003

Today’s Journal of the American Medical Association includes a review of published studies on low-carbohydrate, weight-loss diets (e.g., the Atkins Diet). Based on their analysis of 107 research articles reporting results on 3,268 participants, Stanford University researchers concluded that weight loss was associated with longer diet duration and restriction of calories, but not with reduced carbohydrate intake.

Bravata DM, Sanders L, Huang J, et al. Efficacy and safety of low-carbohydrate diets: a systematic review. JAMA. 2003;289:1837–1850.

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