Special Issue "Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Weight Loss: Is There a Benefit?"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jennifer Keogh
Fellow South Australian Cardiovascular Research Development Program, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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Interests: prevention and management of chronic disease using dietary change to achieve health benefits in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; diet and endothelial function, including sodium, potassium and saturated fat; intermittent energy restriction as a strategy for weight loss in people with and without diabetes
Controversy still surrounds the optimal macronutrient composition for weight loss in people with and without diabetes. A recent meta-analysis of studies recommending a diet with a higher protein and lower carbohydrate for weight loss or weight maintenance reported better weight and fat loss of approximately 0.4 kg for both. Other benefits reported were lower fasting triglyceride and insulin concentrations. In a meta-analysis of studies of very low carbohydrate diets, greater weight loss was seen than on a low fat diet. However, a low carbohydrate diet high in saturated fat has been shown to increase LDL-cholesterol and impair endothelial function despite substantial weight loss. A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies in people with diabetes showed that low-carbohydrate, low-glycaemic index, Mediterranean, and high-protein diets all had greater improvement in glycaemic control compared to control diets with the low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets achieving more weight loss.
Dr. Jennifer Keogh
Dr. Peter Clifton
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- Weight loss
- Low carbohydrate diet
- Low fat diet
- High-protein diet