The full content of Annals is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >
Editorials |

Is There Something Special about Low-Carbohydrate Diets?

George A. Bray, MD
[+] Article, Author, and Disclosure Information

From Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: George A. Bray, MD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; e-mail, brayga@pdrc.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(6):469-470. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-142-6-200503150-00013
Text Size: A A A

Obesity is increasing rapidly and has been called an epidemic by the World Health Organization and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (12). Controlling this epidemic will require an integrated strategy, including education, regulation by appropriate state and federal agencies, and modifications in food supply (34). Regardless of the effectiveness of preventive strategies, some individuals will develop an unhealthy weight, reflected in a high body mass index (BMI), and will need treatment. Dietary strategies, exercise, and behavioral therapy are the cornerstones of current treatment. In this issue, Boden and colleagues (5) extend the list of studies dealing with specific popular diets—in this case, the low-carbohydrate diet. It reopens the question: Is there something special about low-carbohydrate diets?

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview





Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Submit a Comment/Letter
There is Something Special about Low-Carbohydrate Diets
Posted on March 16, 2005
Anssi H. Manninen
Advanced Research Press, Inc.
Conflict of Interest: None Declared

Not suprisingly, Bray ignored all the studies indicating that calorie content may not be as predictive of fat loss as is reduced carbohydrate consumption. Biologically speaking, a calorie is certainly NOT a calorie! See my recent review in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition; free full text available at http://www.sportsnutritionsociety.org/site/admin/pdf/Manninen-JISSN-1-2-21 -26-05.pdf

Conflict of Interest:

None declared

Submit a Comment/Letter

Summary for Patients

Clinical Slide Sets

Terms of Use

The In the Clinic® slide sets are owned and copyrighted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). All text, graphics, trademarks, and other intellectual property incorporated into the slide sets remain the sole and exclusive property of the ACP. The slide sets may be used only by the person who downloads or purchases them and only for the purpose of presenting them during not-for-profit educational activities. Users may incorporate the entire slide set or selected individual slides into their own teaching presentations but may not alter the content of the slides in any way or remove the ACP copyright notice. Users may make print copies for use as hand-outs for the audience the user is personally addressing but may not otherwise reproduce or distribute the slides by any means or media, including but not limited to sending them as e-mail attachments, posting them on Internet or Intranet sites, publishing them in meeting proceedings, or making them available for sale or distribution in any unauthorized form, without the express written permission of the ACP. Unauthorized use of the In the Clinic slide sets will constitute copyright infringement.


Buy Now for $32.00

to gain full access to the content and tools.

Want to Subscribe?

Learn more about subscription options

Related Articles
Topic Collections
PubMed Articles
Forgot your password?
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.