Moderate protein diet helps weight loss

A new study reveals that a diet that includes moderate amounts of protein helped overweight adults lose more body fat than a high carbohydrate, low fat diet.

The moderate protein diet also helped boost "good" /*HDL cholesterol*/ and lower triglycerides in study participants.

The findings are reported in Thursday's /*Journal of Nutrition*/.

In the study, researchers assigned 130 overweight adults to one of two groups. One group was given the common higher carb diet that included 15 percent of its calories from protein. The second group received a moderate protein diet, with 30 percent of its calories from protein; including nuts, lean meat and dairy. All participants attended weekly meetings to help them stick to their new lifestyle.

After one year, people in the moderate protein group lost an average of 23 pounds. Those in the high carb group lost an average of 19. The moderate protein group lost more fat mass and showed improvements in their HDL and triglyceride levels.


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