Scientist designed this study to compare the effect of the low-carbohydrate diet with carbohydrates eaten mostly at dinner on weight loss, abdominal circumference, and body fat mass.
Seventy-eight police officers with BMI over 30 were assigned the experimental (carbohydrates eaten mostly at dinner) or control weight loss diets for 6 month. Anthropometric measurements were collected throughout the study. Experimental diet group in comparison to control group showed greater weight loss, abdominal circumference, and body fat mass reductions. Experimental group also got lower hunger scores and greater improvements in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
A simple dietary manipulation of carbohydrate distribution appears to have additional benefits when compared to a conventional weight loss diet in obese people. They study also suggest this might be beneficial for people suffering from insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.
- Sofer S, Eliraz A, Kaplan S, Voet H, Fink G, Kima T, Madar Z: Greater weight loss and hormonal changes after 6 months diet with carbohydrates eaten mostly at dinner. Epub 2011 Apr 7.