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Low-Carb Diets Help You Lose Weight: Fact or Fiction?

Many of you have probably heard that carbohydrates are “bad” or are the “enemy” when it comes to losing weight. Perhaps you have heard that carbohydrates may cause you to store fat and that if you want to lose weight, you should simply cut out carbohydrates and eat as much fat and protein as you want. However, new evaluation of the research on low-carbohydrate diets finds that the claims these diets make may be too good to be true.

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, evaluated dietary studies published between 1966 and 2003 to determine how low-carbohydrate diets affected weight, cholesterol, glucose, insulin levels and blood pressure. The researchers found that the low-carbohydrate diet had no adverse affects on cholesterol, glucose, insulin or blood pressure. However, they also found that among obese patients, the amount of weight loss was linked to compliance to the diet, not how many carbohydrates were cut. The research team also pointed out that only five of the studies lasted longer than 90 days, so the long-term effects of restricting carbohydrates is not well understood. The lead author also noted that the reason people lost weight when they reduced carbohydrates was because they simply cut calories.

And, that’s the bottom line. There is no magic about fat and protein that will make you slim. When people cut out one food group they are simply cutting out calories and thus, they lose weight. Although the million dollar (or million pound) question is whether or not they can maintain this weight loss. Would you want to cut out one food group from your diet forever?

That’s why this online weight loss program encourages you to make lifestyle changes – changes that you can live with over the long term. And although the review above may indicate that the “jury is still out” on low-carbohydrate diets, another study has found that “online” or “Internet” dieting can be effective. This recent study, conducted by researchers at Brown University, shows that people who used interactive online tools, interacted with the available professionals (online) and logged onto the Web the most lost the most weight.

As you can see from the newly published studies (both appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week), with CaloriesCount.com, you’re in good hands. This online dieting program gives you the tools, information and access to experts that you need to lose weight. And, the information is backed by leading health authorities and professionals. You won’t find any fad diets or short-term fixes here! Remember, with CaloriesCount.com we’re with you every step of the weigh.