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Why Experimental Biology Backs Low Carb Nutrition

Posted on July 07, 2014 by Ruth Buttigieg | 0 comments

Last week a paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Manchester. The conclusion from this piece of research  stated that the most effective weight loss dietary approach was one that was high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

This piece of research investigated baboon nutrition behaviour. The researchers, led by Professor Raubenheimer, noticed that 20% of the baboon’s energy needs were derived from protein sources. The rest was a combination of beneficial fats and dietary fibre sources. The conclusion that the team came to is that the absence of high carbohydrate items such as biscuits, cakes, sugary drinks, etc are the reason why chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes within the baboon community are absent. In other words, avoiding highly processed food is key to health as this complements our evolutionary heritage.

Protein and Weight Loss

Current UK guidelines advise that adult males consume 55g per day of protein whereas adult women consume 45g per day. These amounts are based on only one aspect of protein - nitrogen balance. Nitrogen is an important molecule that is required for optimal health, so this amount is based on the key requirement of this molecule to ensure that we don’t wither away. However this approach to protein is unfortunately ignoring the other important roles that protein performs in our body.

Protein and Health

Protein is made up of various amino acids. A steady stream of amino acids helps to boost our metabolism thus resulting in weight loss but also other health benefits such as stabilising blood sugar metabolism and cholesterol levels ensuring high HDL (good cholesterol) vs LDL (bad cholesterol) ratios.  

A meal containing high amounts of good quality protein, is needed not only for weight loss but also to ensure optimum health. This is why here at Natural Low Carb Store we only use the highest quality animal protein in our meals as this ensures not only a wholesome nutritious meal, but also ensuring that weight loss and overall health is achieved.





News article: (2014). [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2680254/The-best-way-lose-weight-A-diet-filled-protein-Eating-fish-eggs-meat-day-easiest-way-stay-slim.html [Accessed 7 Jul. 2014].

Paddon-Jones, D., Westman, E., Mattes, R., Wolfe, R., Astrup, A. and Westerterp-Plantenga, M. (2008). Protein, weight management, and satiety. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 87(5), pp.1558--1561.

Leidy, H., Carnell, N., Mattes, R. and Campbell, W. (2007). Higher protein intake preserves lean mass and satiety with weight loss in pre-obese and obese women. Obesity, 15(2), pp.421--429.

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