In a recent head-to-head test of four fad diets, apparently the Atkins diet resulted in the participants losing the most weight. The Atkins diet relies on the elimination of carbs in your diet, and encourages intake of protein and fats instead. However, there’s more to the story:
Women on the low-carb Atkins diet lost more weight than those on three other popular plans, but the dieters on all four programs dropped only modest amounts of weight and regained some of it within a year, a new study shows.
Women ages 20 to 50 lost an average of 10.4 pounds on Atkins during a year-long period, according to a comparison of the diets in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
Those on the LEARN plan – a low-fat, high-carb diet based on national guidelines – lost an average of 5.7 pounds. Women who followed Dean Ornish’s high-carb diet lost an average of 4.8 pounds, and those on the low-carb Zone diet lost 3.5 pounds over 12 months.
And none of the diets were ideal, as they did not result in a pound of weight loss a week.
“It was a very poor weight loss. Ten pounds in a year is pathetic,” said Wolper, of the St. Luke’s New York Obesity Research Center.
A figure from the original JAMA paper (released today) is below, which charts the weight-loss on the different diets.