Cutting Carbs Two Days Each Week May Lead to Weight Loss

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| Jan 26, 2012

If you, like many people with diabetes, are trying to lose weight, you might be more successful if you cut back on carbohydrates for just two days a week instead of undertaking an unrelenting low-calorie diet. A recent report found that women who banished carbohydrates for two days a week and ate normally the rest of the time lost about nine pounds in four months, compared to the five pounds lost by women who cut back to roughly 1,500 calories every day.

Researchers from the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, the American Association for Cancer Research, and Baylor College of Medicine followed 88 women, all at high risk for breast cancer based on family histories. One third of the women ate a Mediterranean-type diet that restricted calories to about 1,500 per day. The second group was told to eat normally most of the time, but two days a week to cut carbs and also reduce calories to about 650. The third group also cut carbs two days a week, but had no calorie restrictions.

On the low-carb days, the women in the two-day low-carb groups could eat protein and healthy fats, but had to pass on bread, pasta, and root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. One piece of fruit was permitted. Other foods on the low-carb days included nuts and green, leafy vegetables, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, eggplant, and cauliflower.

The women in both two-day low-carb groups lost more weight than the women who ate low calorie meals every day of the week. It's an attractive alternative to all-out dieting, though it may be a challenge to stick to the 650-calorie limit two days a week.



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Categories: Mediterranean Diet, American Association for Cancer Research, Calories, Diabetes, Diabetes, Dieting, Diets, Food, Losing weight, Low Carb, Vegetables, Weight Loss/Lost Weight

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Posted by Anonymous on 31 January 2012

So would this be suitable for type 1 diabetes?

Posted by Anonymous on 1 February 2012

Is this diet for Diabetic 1 or mainly for Diabetic 2?

Posted by Anonymous on 1 February 2012

Cutting carbohydrates (the main cause of weight gain) can help you lose weight?!?! Who could have imagined? Eating low-carbohydrate foods regularly doesn't mean you are "dieting", it equates to eating healthy.

Posted by Anonymous on 1 February 2012

Good heavens, this is what has been advocated all along! Low carb, low carb, why doesnt anyone get this!!!

Posted by Halfdome girl on 1 February 2012

What was the difference between those women who ate 650 calories and cut carbs and those who just cut carbs? As a Type I for many years, carbs are my concern. My younger brother has Type I,and he can eat twice the carbs I can and still keep blood sugars in control. My father who has Type II, and needs to lose weight, can lose weight by either calorie restriction or carb restriction. Carb restriction does allow him to take less Byetta.

Posted by Judy Barnes Baker on 1 February 2012

Why didn't the researchers include a real low-carb, eat-until-you-are- satistied diet in the test? I eat that way every day and it is a healthful, delicous way to eat, with no hunger, no weight gain, a perfect blood lipid profile, and blood glucose in the normal range. And Based on recent research, it looks like cutting down on carbs can also prevent and treat cancer.

Posted by angivan on 2 February 2012

Lowering carbs is the key for everyone to lose weight, not just those of us with diabetes! Insulin is a fat-storing hormone, so if we can reduce the amount we need, while still consuming some healthy carbs for energy, weight loss will occur. I finally figured this out a couple of years ago and have been able to maintain a healthy weight ever since. Why dieticians continue to push a low-calorie diet that just keeps people hungry is beyond me.

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