The Eternal Carb Question

It’s the never-ending debate among nutritionists and athletes — how low should you go with your carbohydrate intake? When it comes to maintaining your may have the answer. Since metabolism tends to slow down after people lose weight, researchers wanted to test whether diet composition could combat this effect. They supplied 164 adults who had recently lost weight with meals controlled for protein and fat content but contained either 20, 40 or 60 percent carbs. After 20 weeks, the researchers found that the low-carb group torched roughly 250 more calories per day than the high-carb group, and they theorized that the low-carb group had reduced levels of ghrelin, the hormone that increases appetite and promotes the storage of body fat.

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