Low-Carb Diets May Keep Weight Off
A new study suggests that avoiding carbs after you lose weight can help prevent those dreaded pounds from coming back. But is it really that simple?
It’s a question researchers keep trying to answer. In the latest study, researchers say that eating fewer refined carbohydrates can increase the number of calories you burn throughout a day. The study, published in the Nov. 14 edition of BMJ, suggests that low-carb diets can help people maintain their weight loss. As a result, it would make obesity treatments more effective.
Many people battle with losing weight and regaining unwanted pounds. In fact, most people regain the weight they take off within one to two years. One of the reasons this happens is because your body adapts to weight loss by slowing down your metabolism. Consequently, you burn fewer calories.
According to this new study, led by Boston Children’s Hospital and Framingham State University, cutting processed carbs from your diet may increase your metabolism. After five months on a controlled low-carb diet, people in the study burned roughly 250 calories more than those who stuck to a high-carb diet.
Those extra 250 calories burned per day could pay off over the long term. Researchers estimate a person could potentially lose 20 pounds over a three-year period.
Learn about low-carb diets from weight-loss specialists
While the latest study offers a new diet strategy, it does not mean it will work for everyone. Safe and successful weight loss treatments take into consideration a person’s specific health needs. For some people, bariatric surgery is the best option to help them achieve better health. Others might benefit from fitness coaching or a very-low calorie diet.
At Bon Secours Surgical and Medical Weight Loss, we help patients find the best weight-loss program for them. We offer in-person seminars so people can learn first-hand how bariatric surgery works for them. You can also learn more about weight-loss surgery through our online seminars.