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Robin Wright aces weight loss with Paleo: Low carb diet burns 300 calories more

Actress Robin Wright slims with Paleo diet.
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Taking on the role of Claire Underwood for "House of Cards," Robin Wright decided to lose weight to power through the political drama. Her low carb diet choice: Paleo, reported Enstars on Monday.

"I'm trying to do the Paleo diet. No carbs. I've got to get thin for the show," she vowed.

Robin has combined the Paleo diet with a running regime. "I ran on the beach this morning," she boasted. "Running gets everything done, doesn't it?"

But that "no carbs" Paleo plan can burn extra calories without even exercising. A new study shows that low-carb diets burn 300 calories extra per day, reported the International News Network on Monday.

To conduct the study, Cara Ebbeling, PhD, associate director and David Ludwig, MD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, analyzed the weight loss results of dieters on different types of plans. Their discovery emphasizes that the "calories in, calories out" theory is false.

“Total calories burned plummeted by 300 calories on the low fat diet compared to the low carbohydrate diet, which would equal the number of calories typically burned in an hour of moderate-intensity physical activity,” he stated.

And for those who ponder the question of what constitutes the perfect diet, it's also a low-carb plan. A new documentary that compared diets around the world revealed that the ideal diet for health is Iceland's combination of fresh fish, meat and dairy products, reported Metro UK on Monday.

The diet diverges from Robin's Paleo plan by adding dairy to the mix. However, it also emphasizes unprocessed foods and animal protein, which made it the winner in the view of the world's leading nutritionists and dietitians who rated different approaches to weight loss and health.

Italy and Greece also rated high on the list, while the United States scored low. It seems that Spam and PopTarts expand waistlines while raising the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.

But is dairy helpful or hurtful when it comes to health? Paleo expert Robb Wolf advises steering clear.

And he challenges the theory "that some kind of mystical nutrient deficiency will emerge if one builds their diet built around fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts and seeds. My research associates have published papers demonstrating not only that a Paleo diet provides all the nutrients for health, but that the Paleo diet is, calorie for calorie, the most nutritious way one can eat."