A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association contends that woman who follow the Atkins Diet lose more weight then those who follow other diets, such as the Zone, the Ornish diet, and U.S. Guidelines.  The difference in weight loss, however, was not statistically signficant – which means that the difference was not big enough to rule out chance as a factor.

The study had some surprising results – aside from losing more weight, women on the Atkins diet tended to have slightly better blood pressure and HDL cholesterol readings.  The unsurprising results?  That women experienced the most significant weight loss when first starting any diet, that most people do not follow any diet plan exactly, and that it’s just plain hard to lose weight.

I tend to agree with the notion that it was easier to lose weight on Atkins because you’re less likely to cheat as often, if you’re already eating cheese and bacon and hamburgers.

The biggest problem with this study is that it only focused on one group of dieters – pre-menopausal women – and the number of pounds they lost after one year of trying to follow a diet plan set out for them in a book.  There is no long-term health evaluation involved. 

The Ornish diet has been proven, not in this study, to reverse heart disease, while the Atkins diet worsens heart disease.  I would hope that more people would be concerned about heart disease, the number one killer of women, than losing an average of 5 or 6 more pounds.  Sadly, this is not the part that makes the news, and I have to wonder if many people would even care.  Too many of the news articles I scanned while researching this topic tout the Atkins diet as the best way for women to lose weight.

Many of the women in the study, including (especially?) those who followed the Atkins diet, regained weight after discontinuing their diet plans.

In addition to Blogger News Network, Christina Gayle writes for Cutest Baby Ever, Uncharted Island – a LOST Blog, and The Wild Eggplant – for fans of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.

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