Trying to maintain your weight? it might not be how much you eat… but what you eat.
the best way to keep the pounds off may be a low-carb diet, according to a study published in the journal BMJ.
Researchers studied the weight of 164 overweight and obese people.
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Each participant had to lose 12-percent of their current weight —
Then they were put on a high-, medium-, or low-carbohydrate diet for 20 weeks.
Researchers controlled their calorie intake so they maintained the same weight throughout the study.
If a participant’s weight fluctuated, their calorie intake was adjusted.
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The team found that not all calories are alike … and that diet has a huge impact on your metabolism.
Participants on the low-carb diet burned roughly 250 more calories a day than those on the high-carb diets… meaning they had to consume more calories to maintain their weight.
The findings suggest restricting carbs may be a better strategy than cutting calories.
But some experts aren’t convinced … pointing out that unmeasured activities could explain the differences between participants.