A series of papers comparing different eating plans support my eating plan (see last page of my newsletter).
In one study, people who’d lost weight (10-15%) in a program then got 1 of 3 eating plans:
- Low carbs (like Atkins)
- Complex carbs, with balanced healthy fats and protein (my plan; low glycemic index)
- Low fat, high carbs
The low fat, high carb folks saw their energy expenditure go down and their stress hormones go up (cortisol). Less energy expenditure could lead to difficulty maintaing the weight loss. The Atkins-type diet was associated with more inflammation.
Given the increase in inflammation seen, it’s not surprising that in another study, women in Sweden who ate an Atkins diet with low carbs had more cardiovascular disease. This may reflect more red meat intake with its bad fats (healthy fats include olive oil, fish oils).