Low-Carb Diet Modeled After Atkins Diet Better For Weight Loss Maintenance and Health Markers for Cardiovascular Risk

Recent NIH Study Finds Low-Carb Diet Burns Most Calories and Demonstrates Better Weight Loss Than Low-Fat Diet

Jul 02, 2012, 18:35 ET from Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.

DENVER, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that dieters who had successfully lost weight and were trying to maintain their weight loss burned significantly more calories eating a low-carb diet modeled after the Atkins Diet than they did eating a low-fat diet.  In fact, participants following the Atkins-like diet in the study burned about 300 calories more a day on a low-carb diet than they did on a low-fat diet.  Additionally, there were several key health benefits experienced by those following the Atkins-like diet, including increased HDL, lowered triglycerides, reduced inflammation from baseline, and improved insulin sensitivity.

The study examined 21 participants, ages 18 to 40, who had lost some initial body weight and each participant completed three different diets in random order for four weeks. One of the diets followed was modeled on the Atkins Phase 1 Induction diet, with only 10 percent of calories from carbohydrates, 60 percent from fat and 30 percent from protein.

According to the researchers, "These findings suggest that a strategy to reduce glycemic load rather than dietary fat may be advantageous for weight-loss maintenance and cardiovascular disease prevention."

"We are very gratified to see the research community continue to study and validate the Atkins Diet. In this study, the investigators looked at Atkins Induction phase only which caused superior energy burn at rest, as well as much better triglycerides, HDL levels, and overall metabolic levels," said Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition and education for Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.  "It would have been ideal if the researchers had the funding to follow a longer term protocol which would have allowed the participants to become adapted to fat burning and produce even more favorable results in regard to cortisol and CRP."

About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. is a leader in the $2.4 billion weight control nutrition category, and offers a powerful lifetime approach to weight loss and management. The Atkins Diet focuses on a healthy diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars and encourages the consumption of protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats. Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., manufactures and sells a variety of nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutritional principles of the Atkins Diet™.  Atkins' four product lines: Advantage®, Day Break™, Endulge™ and Cuisine™ appeal to a broad audience of both men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Atkins products are available online at atkins.com and in more than 30,000 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit atkins.com.

SOURCE Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.