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Paleo, fasting and high fat low carb diets earn praise at weight loss conference

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Recently, U.S. News & World Report rated the Paleo and low carb diets like Atkins low on their list of best weight loss plans. However, specialists at a weight loss conference in London disagree, praising those plans as well as intermittent fasting, reported First Post World on Jan. 10.

Doctors and nutritionists at the conference focused on evaluating the research and studies that have accumulated for the most popular weight loss diets, in particular the Paleo plan, intermittent fasting and low-carb, high fat ketogenic diets like Atkins. They recognize that the science of dieting has become critical in an era where obesity threatens lives:

  • According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity - defined as having a body mass index of more than 30 - has nearly doubled since 1980.
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 36 percent of American adults are obese and almost 70 percent are either obese or overweight.
  • A British government health study predicted that 60 percent of men, 50 percent of women and 25 percent of children will be obese by 2050.

So what's the solution? It's not easy, said Gary Frost, a professor and chair of nutrition and dietetics at Imperial College London, according to Fox News on Jan. 10.

However, various diet experts at the conference reported evidence that certain weight loss plans work better than others. Here are their views on the most popular and effective ones:

Intermittent fasting:
Michelle Harvie, a research dietician from the Genesis Prevention Centre at Britain's University Hospital of South Manchester, says that fasting can be help for weight loss.

"Energy restriction is difficult to maintain over the long term and people tend to find it easier to follow a diet with intermittent energy restriction," she said.

Find out more about intermittent fasting plans such as the 5:2 diet and Fast Diet by clicking here.

Paleo diets:
Mark Berry, head of plant biology and biochemistry at the consumer company Unilever's research and development unit, found studies confirming that "Palaeolithic" or stone-age diets can be helpful in terms of impacting hormones that signal satiety and tell the brain the eater is full.

The result: Dieters eat less and lose weight without cravings. Learn more about Paleo dieting for weight loss by clicking here.

High protein, high fat ketogenic low carb diets like Atkins:
Alexandra Johnstone of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, who has been studying different types of low carb diets, including high fat ketogenic weight loss plans. Her research revealed that they can be helpful because of the high level of protein.

"The high satiety effects of increased protein in the diet seems to be a contributing factor to the success of high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets," she said.

Learn more about the new Atkins, which boosts the amount of fiber and healthy fats, by clicking here.

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