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(NEW YORK) -- A new medical study found that low-carb diets may be more effective for losing weight than low-fat diets.
Researchers at Tulane University, funded by the National Institutes of Health, compared 73 individuals who embarked on a low-fat diet and 75 who took on a low-carbohydrate diet and studied their daily food intake for one year. Each participant also received individual and group diet counseling sessions.
According to the study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, those who cut out the carbs saw significant benefits in weight loss, decrease of fat mass, decrease in waist circumference, lower triglycerides and increase good cholesterol when compared to those on a low-fat diet.
On average, those in the carb-cutting diet lost about eight pounds more.
The study also indicated that a low-carb diet may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
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