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June 27, 2001

Protein Effects on Dieting

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JAMA. 2001;285(24):3080. doi:10.1001/jama.285.24.3080-JQU10005-2-1

A diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than currently recommended may help people maintain desirable body weight and overall health, said researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Orlando, Fla, the researchers presented their study of 24 midlife women, all of whom were above ideal weight. For 10 weeks, the women consumed a 1700-cal/d diet. One group ate according to the US Department of Agriculture Food Guide Pyramid—55% of calories from carbohydrates, 15% from protein, and 30% from fat. The experimental group ate a diet composed of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat.

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