World's Best Diet revealed by Copenhagen scientists
IT'S been dubbed the World's Best Diet by the University of Copenhagen but there's nothing revolutionary about it.
The solution, according to these scientists, is simple: a diet driven by higher protein consumption and lower carbohydrate intake.
According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, a large European study known as the Diogenes Diet compared five different diets to see which worked best at keeping weight off.
A total of 773 adults who'd already lost an average of 11 kilos were assigned to one of five diets each based on a different combination of protein and carbs.
Some diets included high GI carbs- often more refined carbs that raise and lower blood sugar rapidly; others had slower burning low GI carbs that raise and lower blood sugar more slowly.
And the winner? The low GI carb and high protein combo. The people on this diet not only kept the weight off during the six months of the study but they also continued to lose weight too.
This way of eating works because both protein and low GI carbs help us produce more of the satiety hormones that keep us feeling full.
SO WHAT SHOULD YOU BE EATING
Fresh vegetables, lean protein sources like fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and dairy foods and dense, grainy foods like rye bread, pumpernickel and barley.
More Info: World's Best Diet by Arne Astrup, Christian Bitz, Jennie Brand-Miller and Susan B. Roberts is published by Penguin, rrp $35.00.
MORE FROM THE AUTHORS OF THE BOOK
Every year, more than five million Australians will endeavour to lose weight. You may be one of them. Even if you are not dieting today, you have probably tried several times in the past. Sound familiar?
Like everyone wanting to get their weight under control, you start each diet feeling hopeful and probably do lose some weight, but then you gain it back.
The real problem, you've come to realise, isn't losing the weight, it's keeping it off.
This is where World's Best Diet steps in.
The world's largest dietary study to date, Diogenes (short for Diet, Obesity and Genes), has provided us with an important breakthrough in preventing weight regain and this exciting new research is the foundation of the principles in this book.
We believe we can legitimately say this is the world's best weight-loss maintenance program.
We are not here to tell you how to lose weight - we are going to teach you something you have found much harder, and that is how to prevent weight regain 'creep'.
You might think it's impossible, but it is surprisingly easy once you know how.
World's Best Diet is based on ordinary food that is available at ordinary supermarkets.
We promise to give you simple principles with scientifically documented effects on weight and health.
We'll woo you with dishes that are bursting with so much flavour that the whole family will want to join in, regardless of their weight.
We promise that once you get started, you'll never want to give up your new, healthier food habits.
This is because World's Best Diet is not a 'diet' as such, but an enjoyable lifestyle change that allows you to enjoy eating without thinking about calories.
All you have to do is eat and enjoy the right balance of tasty foods, which will make you healthier and prevent weight regain.
Read about the simple principles behind World's Best Diet, then follow our recipe menus for four weeks. After that, simply use our recipes and lists of healthy ingredients to supplement your family's favourite foods.
This is a permanent lifestyle change with proven success - once you've tried it, you won't want to eat any other way.
The Diogenes study has given us the answer to the optimal diet composition for preventing weight regain, and it is effective for both adults and children.
It is based on combining a moderately high intake of protein with low-glycaemic-index carbs - counting calories is not necessary.
We will explain exactly how easy that is for family meals in the following chapters.
With simple and flavoursome international cuisine, this book gives you a specific guide to preventing weight regain with delicious everyday food, plus manageable meal plans that will excite the whole family.
Bon appétit, and enjoy the fact that you are not on a diet!
Jennie, Arne, Christian and Sue
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