Calories, not carbs, key to weight loss

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The key to shedding pounds is cutting down on calories, not carbohydrates or proteins, especially among the overweight with type 2 diabetes, a study reveals.

The study, led by Otago University endocrinologist Jeremy Krebs, looked at whether 419 participants (aged 35-75 years) had different rates of weight loss over two years when they were given two low fat diets; one involving high protein intake and the other high in carbohydrates.

`We decided to do this study as weight loss is very important in terms of control of blood sugar levels and many people with diabetes are seriously overweight,` Krebs was quoted as saying by the the journal Diabetologia.

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`However, there has been a lot of medical and public debate about the best way to achieve this, and which diets may be the most effective over the long term,` said Krebs, according to a university statement.

The two groups of moderately overweight people with diabetes were prescribed the specific diets supported by 18 group sessions with a dietician, while also using food diaries to track their eating and weight loss progress.

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