Table 1 --- Diet Classes Based on Macro Nutrient Composition. Click to enlarge
Table 1 — Diet Classes Based on Macro Nutrient Composition. Click to enlarge

In an article published by JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), it was found that overweight and obese adults lost a significant amount of weight with any low carbohydrate or low fat diet. The differences between the diets were statistically insignificant. Which diets are best remains undecided.

Table 2
Table 2 — Characteristics of Included Studies. Click to enlarge

The researchers did a meta-analysis as well as including 7286 individuals with a body mass index greater than or equal to 25. The largest weight-loss was correlated with low carbohydrate diets (8.73 kg/19.2lb. to 10.2kg/22.49lb.) and low fat diets (7.99 kg /17.6 lb. to 9.92kg/21.9lb) at six-month follow-up. As an example, the Atkins diet resulted in a 1.71 kg/3.77lb. greater weight-loss than the Zone diet six months follow up. However, the influence of behavioral support (3.23 kg/7.12 lb. to 4.23 kg/9.33 lb.) at 6-month follow-up vs (1.08 kg/2.38 lb. to 3.96 kg/8.73 lb.) at 12-month follow-up and exercise (0.64 kg/1.41 lb. to 1.66 kg /3.66lb.vs 2.13 kg /4.7 lb. to 3.85 kg/8.49 lb., respectively) on weight loss differed. This shows that while emotional support is important exercise achieved greater weight-loss one year out.

When the name diets were compared, all showed a weight-loss reduction compared to following no diet at all. Again all the weight-loss diets mentioned show statistically insignificant weight-loss differences but we will rank them nonetheless. These results are after a six months follow up:

Atkins diet 10.14 kg/22.35 lb.

Volumetrics diet 9.87 kg/21.8 lb.

Ornish diet 9.03 kg/19.9 lb.

According to the research, “All diets except Jenny Craig slightly decreased in their estimated effects at 12- follow-up compared with 6-month follow-up. The Ornish, Rosemary Conley, Jenny Craig, and Atkins diets were associated with the largest weight loss at this time point and all varied between 6.35 kg/14 lb. and 6.55 kg/14.4 lb.”

In summation, the study found that low carbohydrate and low fat diets were correlated with greater weight-loss than no dietary intervention one year out; “behavioral support and exercise enhance weight-loss.” Weight-loss differences were insignificant among all the different diets. Researchers recommend any diet one can “adhere to in order to lose weight.” Researchers did not study participants switching between diets, but offered such a strategy may increase better compliance with dieting in long run.

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Johnston BC, Kanters S, Bandayrel K, et al. Comparison of Weight Loss Among Named Diet Programs in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Meta-analysis. JAMA.2014;312(9):923-933. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10397.



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