One expert said the lessons learned from the anti-fat fad should be applied to the anti-carb fad: Don’t oversimplify advice. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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People are so different that it's all but impossible to conduct studies that show what really works over long periods of time.It's no longer called the Atkins diet, but the low-carb school of dieting has been enjoying a comeback.The study, co-led by an author of books promoting low-carb diets, looked at whether varying carb levels might affect how the body uses energy. Among 164 participants, it found those on low-carb diets burned more total calories than those on high-carb diets.The study did not say people lost more weight on a low-carb diet, and didn't try to measure that. Another big study this past year found low-carb diets and low-fat diets were about equally as effective for weight loss.People were instead instructed on how to achieve eating a low-carb or low-fat in regular meetings with dietitians, which may have provided a support network most dieters don't have.
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