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Published October 14, 2012 08:04 AM

Mediterranean And Low-Carb Diets Have Long-Lasting Health Benefits

Dieting today may still positively affect your health years from now. That's what a recent study conducted by Ben Gurion University and the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, Israel, has shown.

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Even if some weight has been regained, the benefits of diets like the Mediterranean or low-carb diet can last years.

The study was a follow-up of a study conducted six years ago over 24 months where Mediterranean, low-carb and low-fat diets were introduced to a group of 322 moderately obese people. "Our follow up subsequent data shows lasting, positive effects of Mediterranean and low-carbohydrate diets six years later," says Dr. Dan Schwarzfuchs from the Nuclear Research Center.

Although some participants regained part of the weight they had lost, the research shows that many of the health benefits remained. "Data from trials comparing the effectiveness of weight-loss diets are frequently limited to the intervention period," explained Dr. Iris Shay, a researcher at BGU. "The results after four years suggests that the lipid profile (lower cholesterol, triglycerides and arteriosclerosis) improved over the long term, regardless of partial regain," says Rachel Golan, another BGU researcher.

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