There have been a lot of diet discussions recently on the board - Here in Australia - the CSIRO - stands for the Commonwealth scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
They have recently developed and released and well balanced diet that has received a lot of publicity here.
I have put in part of a Media release and some web sites that will take you to the CSIRO website - Would be interested in peoples opinion
The high protein advantage over metabolic syndrome
A new Australian study released by CSIRO today reveals the weight loss benefits of a high protein, low fat diet for those predisposed to metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome - also known as Insulin Resistance Syndrome, Syndrome X, the disease of the new millennium - is a topical issue because of growing alarm caused by the obesity epidemic and rise of diabetes worldwide.
Moreover, it is a threat because over half of Australians are at risk of developing the disorder.
Characterised by a cocktail of factors including abdominal fat, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high insulin, high blood glucose and high blood pressure, the combination increases a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Those predisposed to metabolic syndrome can prevent its development by managing their risk profile with weight loss, healthy eating and exercise.
Designed and managed by CSIRO, the controlled study compared the effectiveness of two different dietary programs - high protein / low fat versus high carbohydrate / low fat - with 100 overweight and obese women over a 12-week period.
The research study assessed the effectiveness of both diets in the amount of body weight lost and body composition in all participants. In addition, the impact of these diets on nutrient status and bone turnover markers, measures of heart disease and diabetes risk, were also monitored.
The results, released today, show that overweight women with high triglycerides - one of the key markers of metabolic syndrome - lost 25% more weight on a high protein, low fat diet than a high carbohydrate, low fat diet.
Moreover, much of this extra weight loss was in the abdominal area, which is crucial to improving their metabolic syndrome risk profile.
Importantly the actual body fat loss over the 12-week period significantly differed when comparing the two diets - a loss of 6kg in the high protein group as opposed to 3kg in the high carbohydrate group.
The overall weight loss in the high protein group was 8kg compared to only a 6kg loss in the high carbohydrate group, with the amount of weight lost specifically from the midriff area twice as high on the high protein diet (1kg vs 500g).
In all the women, weight loss also helped to improve their risk profile in terms of lowering LDL cholesterol, lowering their triglycerides and reducing insulin and glucose. The effects of diet type was more apparent in the women with high triglycerides as the high protein diet lowered their triglycerides significantly by 28% compared to only a 10% fall in the high carbohydrate group.
The study also indicated that, as well as helping weight loss in the long run, the high protein, low fat diet helps to stabilise glucose and insulin production which may help to control hunger.
"At CSIRO we're excited by these findings that demonstrate in a scientific manner that the high protein, low fat approach to weight loss certainly offers an edge to conventional diets," she says.
The high protein, low fat diet is an effective and perfectly valid and safe weight loss alternative - especially for women with high triglycerides," she says.
This is the website that will take you to the information page
This is a 16 page booklet developed for people as a diet program (I think)
Would be interested in your thoughts
Aug 5, '03
Thanks gwen. Vegemite sounds interesting. Does it turn your
teeth black?? Does it taste like chicken? Is it expensive?
What's it made out of again?
I see 1 calorie = 4.1 kilojou.
Last edit by Shamrock on Aug 5, '03