Sometimes a study’s abstract doesn’t reflect the results. Here’s one example (Am J Clin Nutr. 1996 Feb;63(2):174-8. Similar weight loss with low- or high-carbohydrate diets. Golay A1, Allaz AF, Morel Y, de Tonnac N, Tankova S, Reaven G.). The abstract states:
There was no significant difference in the amount of weight loss in response to diets containing either 15% (8.9 +/- 0.6 kg) or 45% (7.5 +/- 0.5 kg) carbohydrate.
The actual results table shows a difference:
The Lower Carb (15%) resulted in:
- Larger weight loss (8.3% vs 7.4%)
- Larger fat loss (17.7% vs 16.8%)
- Larger reduction in waist-to-hip ratio (0.3 vs 0.2)
The Lower carb diet also resulted in improved:
- Fasting plasma glucose decreased significantly
- insulin decreased significantly
- cholesterol decreased significantly
- triacylglycerol concentrations decreased significantly
Low carb for the win again!