The findings of a pilot study by The New Women's Health Initiative (WHI) suggests, a prolonged dietary pattern significantly deficient in fat but rich in carbohydrates results in negligible weight gain.
WHI investigated the connection between weight alterations in postmenopausal women Vis a Vis variations in consumed foods during a specific timeframe. Women in this category were advised to reduce the fat consumption to 20% of calories and instead consume carbohydrates commensurate to displaced fat calories. There was no change in the total calorie consumption.
The study aimed at examining the effects of a low fat high carbohydrate diet and its assistance in lowering the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Diet-related education content was made available to the control group. The Participants lost about 5 pounds in the beginning and were about a pound less after 9 years as compared to the usual diet control group.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published the findings of the study titled "Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Weight Change Over 7 Years - the Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial." The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has funded the study.
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