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Low-Fat Diets Outlast Low-Carb Diets

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A new report from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine showed that people who followed a low-carbohydrate diet lost more weight in the first year, but tended to regain most of the weight during the next two years. In contrast, people who stuck to a low-fat diet maintained their weight loss over three years. The report, which appeared in the March 2 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that the difference in weight regain between groups reflects the initial weight loss, because greater weight loss within the first year was associated with greater weight regain from 12 to 36 months. If you want to take it off and keep it off, a slow and steady low-fat diet may be right for you.

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Switch to 'New Atkins' Low-Carb Diet

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A study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has challenged what we have been following for decades that saturated fats are bad for our hearts. The study found inadequate evidence linking saturated fat intake to cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease. The famous Atkins Diet has been refurbished with a motive to make it easier to understand and maintain. "The New Atkins for a New You", allow dieters to eat more vegetables than the old version did. But the diet's core concept that carbohydrates, not saturated fat, are what make us fat stays intact. The new book, written by Eric Westman, Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek, directs dieters through four phases, from "Induction" through "Lifetime Maintenance". Westman says that the Induction phase allows dieters to eat some vegetables: leafy, fiber-filled and unstarchy ones such as cauliflower and spinach. The new Atkins also advises to include more fruits, grains and legumes to the diet. Atkins also encourages sodium consumption. Westman explains, "If you don't have a salt-sensitive condition like heart failure, salt in the diet is not restricted on Atkins".

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Portfolio Diet: Tough to Stay Invested In

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It's called the Portfolio diet. And you won't find it in any bookstore.

The goal of the eating plan's creators was simple: to see if a "portfolio" of foods, each with some minor cholesterol-lowering benefits, can have a larger effect when eaten together as part of a regular diet.

The concept was developed by David Jenkins, professor of nutrition and metabolism at the University of Toronto and a strong proponent of using food to help reduce blood cholesterol, high levels of which increase the risk of heart disease. Funding for research came from the Canadian government; Unilever, the maker of Take Control, a margarine-like spread that helps to lower blood cholesterol; Loblaw, Canada's largest food distributor; and the Almond Board of California.

But the Portfolio approach won't be for everyone. Strictly followed, it's a near-vegan regimen, meaning no meat, eggs, poultry, fish or dairy.

"It's a real challenge for people to stay on this kind of diet," notes Alice Lichtenstein, professor of nutrition at Tufts University and chair of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee.

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Begin a New Portfolio Instead of Popping Pills

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Popping pills has been the principal method of lowering cholesterol since a class of drugs called statins was introduced in the late1980's. Now researchers have discovered a miracle formula that appears to be almost as effective as statins in cholesterol reduction, but without any side effects. The miracle formula is called the Portfolio Diet.

In a study reported in the July 23-30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers at the University of Toronto, led by Professor David J.A. Jenkins, reported that those on a high fiber vegetarian diet with an emphasis on soy protein, psyllium, and nuts lowered their cholesterol nearly as much as those who were taking statins.

The one-month study involved 46 participants (25 men and 21 postmenopausal women) with high cholesterol who were divided into three groups: portfolio (experimental), statin, and control. The participants, whose average age was 59, had a body mass index that averaged 27.6. A body mass index of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI over 30 is considered obese.

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Portfolio Diet: The Solution To Cholesterol

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What if there was a combination of foods that were as effective at lowering LDL cholesterol as prescription drugs? Would it be worth adding some new foods to what you eat each day to avoid medication? A study about a new diet plan known as the portfolio diet shows that various foods, such as nuts, soy protein, oat bran, and plant sterols all can have a cholesterol-lowering effect.

This is what the latest in a series of research studies Dr. Jenkins from the University of Toronto shows. Studies have previously shown that various foods, such as nuts, soy protein, oat bran, and plant sterols all can have a cholesterol-lowering effect. But what if you combined all these foods together? Dr. Jenkins’ latest research shows that combining all these foods together is as effective as taking a statin drug. The results showed a 30.9% decrease in LDL cholesterol from the statin and a decrease of 28.2% from the portfolio combination of all these foods.

Dr. Jenkins is calling this a dietary portfolio, but it’s becoming known as ‘The Portfolio Diet’

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The Best Life Diet

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What Is The Best Life Diet?

Exercise physiologist Bob Greene's TheBest Life Diet is an easy-to-follow, no-gimmicks approach to a healthy diet and lifestyle. It's a dietitian's dream diet -- and one that apparently changed talk show host Oprah Winfrey's life. Winfrey describes in the foreword how, after years of struggling with diets, she found success with The Best Life Diet.

There is nothing groundbreaking about The Best Life Diet. Greene's "diet" is synonymous with the phrase "lifestyle change." There's no going on and off this diet, because it's not a "diet." It's a lifestyle of healthy eating, with an emphasis on regular physical activity.

The Best Life Diet is a safe, effective way to lose weight and improve fitness. But it is not quick or temporary. You're encouraged to make gradual changes, one step at a time. The aim is to transform your old eating and exercise habits into healthier new ones that will last a lifetime.

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