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Low-Carbohydrate Diets Promote a More Favorable Body Composition Than Low-Fat Diets

Volek, Jeff S PhD, RD; Quann, Erin E PhD, RD; Forsythe, Cassandra E PhD, RD

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181c16c41
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Abstract

A PRIMARY CONCERN WITH CONVENTIONAL WEIGHT LOSS APPROACHES IS THE LOSS OF LEAN BODY MASS THAT OCCURS WHEN FAT MASS IS DECREASED. CONSUMING MODERATE PROTEIN, WHILE RESTRICTING CARBOHYDRATE, ALLOWS FOR GREATER PRESERVATION OF LEAN BODY MASS. A LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET IN CONJUNCTION WITH PERIODIZED RESISTANCE TRAINING PROMOTES GREATER FAT LOSS WHILE PRESERVING LEAN BODY MASS AND PROMOTING ROBUST IMPROVEMENTS IN METABOLIC HEALTH.

Author Information

Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

Jeff S. Volekis an associate professor in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut.

Erin E. Quannis manager of regulatory affairs at Dairy Management Inc.

Cassandra E. Forsytheis a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut, West Hartford Campus, and a clinical nutritionist for Alternity Healthcare, LLC, in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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