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Is There Something Special about Low-Carbohydrate Diets?

George A. Bray, MD
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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
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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?

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There is Something Special about Low-Carbohydrate Diets
Posted on March 16, 2005
Anssi H. Manninen
Advanced Research Press, Inc.
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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

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