Fatty foods fine for weight loss: Study

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Fatty foods fine for weight loss: Study (Fotolia)

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, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

 

A new study suggests eating fat — even saturated fat — results in better cardiovascular health and weight loss than low-fat diets.

The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, helps back the idea of the so-called Atkins diet, which promotes a low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss.

Studying 148 racially diverse men and women with no cardiovascular problems, researchers put half on a low-fat diet and half on a low-carbohydrate diet, without calorie restrictions. Those on the low-carb diet were encouraged to eat fattier foods, and even foods that included saturated fat.

After a year, they found those on the fattier diet did better in losing weight — about 8 lbs. on average — and lowered their Framingham risk scores, used to calculate the likelihood of a heart attack within the next 10 years.


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