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Dieters happier with low fat and high carbohydrates

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:01pm
New research shows that eating a low fat high carbohydrate diet or a high fat low carbohydrate diet can both lead to weight loss. Between the two, dieters are happier when they consume less fat and more carbohydrates.


The study, published November 9 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, examined the effect of either a very–low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet in 106 study participants. The study showed that after a year, the low fat diet was associated with positive mood changes. The psychological effect of a low fat diet may be associated with chemicals in the brain that control emotions.

The study authors write, "This outcome suggests that some aspects of the low-carbohydrate diet may have had detrimental effects on mood that, over the term of one year, negated any positive effects of weight loss."

In the study, both groups experienced positive mood changes initially, but dieters who focused on a low fat and high carbohydrate diet for weight loss experienced sustained mood improvement. Mood changes in the group eating high fat and low carbohydrates returned to baseline.

Each diet led to an average weight loss of 30.2 pounds. When choosing a diet plan, consider the benefits of improved mood, found among dieters studied who consumed a low fat high carbohydrate diet for one year.


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