Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Some Fats Are Good for Weight Loss

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Some Fats Are Good for Weight Loss

Article excerpt

Although low-fat diets are recommended for heart health, a moderate-fat, weight-loss diet reduced dieters' cardiovascular risk better than a low-fat diet, according to a recent study from Penn State.

The moderate-fat diet, in which half the fat was monounsaturated fat from peanuts and peanut oil, produced a 14 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

The group consuming the low-fat diet experienced a 9 percent improvement. Both of these diets were controlled so that all participants lost about the same amount of weight, approximately 2.4 to 2.7 pounds per week on average.

Fifty-three overweight or obese men and women participated in the study. All of the participants had total cholesterol levels elevated above 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg./dl.) at the start of the diet. They ate either a low-fat or a moderate-fat diet designed to produce weight loss for six weeks and then similar diets designed for maintenance of weight for four weeks.

The foods, supplied by the researchers, provided 18 percent of calories from fat in the low-fat diet or 33 percent of calories from fat in the moderate-fat diet. …

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