A new study has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism comparing the impact on overweight children and adolescents of low carb (ketogenic) diets with that of restricted calorie diets and concludes “The ketogenic [low carb] diet revealed more pronounced improvements in weight loss and metabolic parameters than the hypocaloric [low calorie] diet”. But is this really news? According to the Diet Doctor, there are now 18 reputable studies all showing that low carb diets beat low calorie diets for effective weight loss (and none showing the reverse). This is from the Diet Doctor…
Do you want to lose weight? Study after study shows that if you do, you should avoid sugar and starch. This is also true for children and youth. A new study showed that children (on average 13 years old) lost more weight on a strict low carbohydrate diet, despite eating until satisfied!
Children who instead received low fat and low calorie dietary advice had more difficulty losing weight, despite going hungry. Nor did their health markers improve in comparison.
At least two studies have previously demonstrated better weight for overweight children and youth who were given advice on a strict low carbohydrate diet [1 2]. And altogether there are now at least 18 studies of highest standard (RCT) clearly demonstrating a better weight on a low carbohydrate diet compared to “eat less and run more”. The latter advice has to my knowledge never won in any comparative study. Nor has anybody been able to show me such a study.
This means 18-0 in favor of a low carbohydrate diet.