Low-Carb and High Protein Diet Combo is The World's Best Diet

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By Afza Fathima | August 26, 2014 1:52 PM EST

Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Scientists from University of Copenhagen found out that the world's best diet is high protein and low carbohydrate eating pattern. 

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Eight-month-old Santiago Mendoza sits at a clinic for the obese in Bogota March 19 ,2014. Mendoza, who weighs 20 kg, will be put on a diet, therapist Salvador Palacios said.

The diet was named the world's best after a research study known as the Diogenes Diet that involved the comparison of five different diets to see which is more effective in losing weight.

The participants of the study were 773 adults who had already lost an average of 11 kilograms. Each of them was assigned to one of the five diets on the basis of different combinations of proteins and carbohydrates. Some diets includes the refined high GI carbs that will raise or lower the blood sugar level very fast and others includes low GI carbs that will raise or lower the blood sugar level slowly. The conclusion of the study showed that the combination of the low GI carbs with high proteins was the winner as the participants indulging in this diet did not gain weight but they also continued to lose weight.

Professor of Human Nutrition at Perkins Centre in the University of Sydney, Australia, Jennie Brand-Miller said that this combination produces satiety hormones that keep us full. Jennie co-authored the Australian edition of the World's Best Diet and she believes that often people miss out the power of the foods.

She continued that in the last 30 years there was too much emphasis on carbohydrates and the positives of proteins that was neglected. She added that carbohydrates were making the people living in Australia gain weight and some even gains excessive weight. 

The low-carb with high protein diet involves fresh vegetables; lean proteins like fish, poultry, nuts and dairy foods; grainy foods such as rye bread and barley. 

Jennie explained that the robust carbohydrates are more filling unlike the refined ones like white bread and they also stimulate the cells in the gut that help in the production of the satiety hormones which helps one feel full. 

The diet involves lowering the carbohydrate content and increasing the protein intake to the ratio of 2:1. Usually, Australian diets involve carbohydrates and proteins in the ration 4:1.

Increasing protein helps the basal metabolic rate to be higher in turn helping to burn out more calories. 

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Eight-month-old Santiago Mendoza sits at a clinic for the obese in Bogota March 19 ,2014. Mendoza, who weighs 20 kg, will be put on a diet, therapist Salvador Palacios said.
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