Low Carb, Mediterranean, and Low Fat diet results.

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The study conductor(s)top
Investigator: Dr. Meir Stampfer, (co-chair of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Channing Laboratory in Boston, Mass.); Researchers: various individuals at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
The participant(s)top
322 obese adults
Date study concludedtop
June 1, 2008
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel

To determine which diet (if any) provides the best health benefits coupled with weight (fat) loss in obese people.


Individuals on a low-carb diest lost 12 pounds, those on a Mediterranean diet lost 10 lbs, and those on a low-fat diet lost 7 pounds.

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Individuals were split up and placed on three different diet regimens for two years: a low-carb diet, a low-fat diet, and a Mediterranean diet. Their weight and health readings (cholesterol, blood sugar/a1c) were sampled before and after the study. The low-carb diet was less than 40 grams of carbohydrates per day, the Mediterranean diet consisted of high levels of vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry, medium levels of whole grains, low levels of red meat and dairy, and very low levels of sugar. The low-fat diet was 30% of calories from fat, as recommended by the America Heart Association.


The highest weight loss was seen with the low-carb diet (12 lbs), and then in the Mediterranean diet (10 lbs), and lastly in the low-fat diet (7 lbs). Researchers found that a low-fat diet also bestowed the least health benefits on the dieters compared with the Mediterranean and low-carb diets. Those on the Mediterranean diet were most likely to have improvements in blood sugar levels, while those on the low carb diet had the most improvement in cholesterol levels.

  • Rather than a traditional low-fat diet which designates that only 10 percent of calories should be derived from fat — researchers assigned subjects in the low-fat diet group to a plan based on the American Heart Association guidelines, which derives 30 percent of its calories from fat.
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APA Citation(s)top
Low Carb, Mediterranean, and Low Fat diet results.. (2008).
   Retrieved January 21, 2018, from Public Studies Web site:
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“Low Carb, Mediterranean, and Low Fat diet results.”
   Public Studies. 1 June 2008.
   January 21, 2018. <http://www.publicstudies.com/main/2008/06/low-carb-med/>.
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One Response to “Low Carb, Mediterranean, and Low Fat diet results.”

  1. dkelsey says:

    I’m guessing these results are partially due to insulin responses, as a low-fat diet would yield the largest insulin response out of the three diets. Also, 30% of calories from fat is still low compared to many diets. The French, for example, get at least 40% of their calories from fat, and we in the US get 45-50% of our calories from fat. I personally endorse the Mediterranean diet, as it seems to be a healthy balance of lean protein, polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates.

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