Calories all the same?

Dieters will recognise this argument – whether it matters which calories you take in and how fast you burn them. Can you eat Mars Bars to the same value as a healthy meal and lose the same weight? This excellent piece of research shows that not all calories are burned at the same rate. Makes interesting reading for those of us who are looking to lose weight for health. 
A comparison of weight loss between dieters placed on a low GL diet versus a conventional low fat, calorie controlled diet, each diet providing the same number of calories, shows vastly superior weight loss on the low GL diet.

Researchers in the Human Nutrition department at South Africa’s University of the Orange Free State assigned 15 volunteers to a low-GL diet and 15 others to a normal calorie-controlled diet for 12 weeks. Both diets contained identical numbers of calories. The two groups then switched diets for 12 more weeks. During the first 12 weeks both groups lost weight, but those on the low-GL diet lost 1.9kg more weight (9.3kg versus 7.4kg). After the initial 12 weeks, seven and nine subjects who had been on the Low GL and Conventional Diet, respectively, switched diets for 12 weeks. During the second 12-week period those place on the low GL diet had an average further weight loss of 2.9kg more than those on the low-fat, low-calorie diet (7.4kg vs 4.5kg), equating to 10% weight loss compared to 7% – that’s 40 per cent more weight loss on the GL diet.

Watch this space in the next few months for an announcement of the new NUDGE Specialist Weight Reduction Clinic, based at the Rusholme site. It will be offering a range of help with acupuncture and acupressure at its core. 

  

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