Women and Carbohydrate-Restricted Diets

As I have suspected, and as reported in the news this month, “low-carb eating plans like the Atkins Diet are more effective for men than women.” (New York Post, November 17, 2004). The Post refers to a study spanning 50 days with 15 healthy, overweight/obese men and 13 premenopausal women published in Nutrition and Metabolism this month. In the results, the researchers reported that, “the reduction of body mass, total fat mass, and trunk fat mass were significantly greater after the very low-carbohydrate ketogenic (VLCK) diet than the low-fat (LF) diet for men, but not for women.” As you know, for both men and women, I do not recommended low-carbohydrate diets. I have yet to find that weight loss attained through severe carbohydrate restriction can be maintained over a long-term period. Complex carbohydrates are an essential component to adequate nutrition and sustainable weight loss.


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