Researchers crack dietary code for weight loss

Thursday, November 25, 2010

LONDON - If you really want to lose weight, you should maintain a diet that is high in proteins with more lean meat, low-fat dairy products and fewer white bread and white rice, say the findings of the world’s largest diet study.

According to the study conducted by the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Denmark, you can consume this diet without counting calories and without gaining weight.

The extensive study concludes that the official dietary recommendations are not sufficient for preventing obesity, reports the New England Journal of Medicine

The large-scale random study called Diogenes has investigated the optimum diet composition for preventing and treating obesity, according to a Copenhagen statement.

Eight research centres were led by Thomas Meinert Larsen, who heads the Faculty of Life Sciences.

The Diogenes compared the official dietary recommendations in Europe, including the Danish recommendations, with a diet based on the latest knowledge about the importance of proteins and carbohydrates for appetite regulation.

A total of 772 European families participated, comprising 938 adults and 827 children. The overweight adults initially followed an 800 calorie per day diet for eight weeks, losing an average of 11 kg.

They were then randomly assigned to one of the five different low-fat diet types which they followed for six months in order to test which diet was most effective at preventing weight regain.

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