27 Jun '12, 4pm

Low-carb diet beats low-fat when it comes to burning calories

Photo: cappi thompson /Shutterstock "Burn more calories than you eat" remains the golden rule of weight loss, but a new study finds that the human body burns calories more efficiently while on certain diets than on others. Researchers found that overweight people burned 350 more calories a day, on average, when they ate a low-carbohydrate diet, than when they ate a low-fat diet. "That's an amount equal to one hour of moderate physical activity, without lifting a finger," said Dr. David S. Ludwig, lead author of the study published on June 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers also found that people burned 150 more calories more a day when they ate a diet of low-glycemic index foods, when compared with a low-fat diet. The findings show that "from a metabolic perspective, all calories are not alike," said Ludwig, who researches obesity preven...

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