Take that Ornish!
"A recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s March meeting lauded low-carb diets such as Atkins for producing weight loss and belly fat loss — linked to heart disease — more efficiently than low-fat diets.
Johns Hopkins, which has an office in Palm Beach, did not receive any money from Atkins for the study ...
“After six months, those who were on the low-carb diet lost an average of 28.9 pounds versus 18.7 pounds among those on the low-fat diet .."
For years, anti-Atkins people have claimed that eating fat can contribute to heart disease. Johns Hopkins found that the study participants’ blood vessels, even on Atkins, improved with weight loss.
“Our study demonstrated that the amount of improvement in the (blood) vessels was directly linked to how much central, or belly fat, the individuals lost, regardless of which diet they were on,” Stewart reported. “This is important since there have been concerns that a low-carb diet, which means eating more fat, may have a harmful effect on cardiovascular health. These results showed no harmful effects from the low-carb diet.”
In fact, Stewart also found that eating higher amounts of carbohydrates can slow the rate of body fat loss while on a weight-reduction diet.
No, I did not see that report from two days ago. :-)
Suddenly: workplace lunchtime drama when someone tells me I'm going to get heart disease again.
Seriously though, I'm glad they put in simple terms the results that showed blood vessel health was correlated to waist size, not tied to type of diet.