‘Mystery diet’ helps weight loss – talkSPORT
If you’re concerned about your weight, there’s a way to boost it, according to a new study.
Researchers found that a low-carbohydrate diet helped people lose more than half a pound a week and that it had a significant effect on their mood.
But this was not the case for people who had trouble maintaining their weight loss, according the study.
The study, published in the journal Eating Behaviors, found that while people on a low carb diet felt better than those on a high-carb diet, they were more likely to report feeling depressed.
Dr Rebecca Parnell, from the Institute of Psychiatry at University College London, said: “Low-carb diets are gaining ground among researchers and the media and I think that’s because of the stigma attached to them.”
If you think of it in terms of a low fat diet, that’s probably a different story.
“People are often told that the benefits of eating low carb are the benefits in terms with their mood, or in terms from a reduction in appetite, and that’s not the only reason people eat low carb.”
However, Dr Parnoll said she did not think that was the case with low-fat diets, which are typically low in fat.
“I think that what’s important about low-fiber diets is that the people who are going to lose weight have the capacity to make the right changes to their diet.”
There are many things that can be done, including weight loss.
“But there’s also the potential for weight loss because you’re getting nutrients in your diet and you’re reducing the number of calories that you eat.”
However she added that while low-calorie diets could help you lose weight, the effect was not permanent.
“In terms of long-term effects, you’re looking at months, and there’s no evidence that it’s permanent,” she said.
“You may lose weight on a diet that’s low-carbon or high-fat but then you have to do something about that.”
The research was based on a sample of people aged 18 and over.