22 April 2013

low carb diet meal of chicken and greensThe low carbohydrate diet is one of the more popular diets to emerge in recent years amid increasing obesity levels in Australia – but how effective is it when it comes to weight loss?

UniSA nutrition expert Professor Jon Buckley will examine the low-carb diet at his upcoming Knowledge Works lecture at City East Campus tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Prof Buckley says low-carb diets do result in greater weight loss than other diets over the short term (up to six months), but beyond that the weight loss is similar to other diets.

“Previously there were concerns that low carbohydrate diets might have adverse effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease, in particular on LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol), but more recent evidence suggests that this is not the case,” Prof Buckley says. 

“It does appear however that this dietary pattern has greater positive effects on HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) than typical diets. Thus, the overall effect on blood lipid profile might be better than conventional diets.”

However, Prof Buckley says there is some evidence that there may be adverse impacts on non-traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease (that is, risk factors that are not as well recognised or accepted), adverse impacts on mood and potentially adverse effects on mortality, but the evidence in these areas is limited and not conclusive at this stage.

The Director of UniSA’s Nutritional Physiology Research Centre will outline the most-up-to-date evidence regarding the use of the low-carb diet for effective weight loss during his lecture, which will be held in the Basil Hetzel Building at City East campus tomorrow night (April 23) from 6pm to 7pm.

Knowledge Works is UniSA’s popular public lecture series focusing on the University’s ground-breaking and world-class research in action. This lecture is already at capacity but for general information on the lecture series go to www.unisa.edu.au/knowledgeworks 

Contact for interview: Jon Buckley office 8302 1853 mobile 0417 880 030 

Media contact: Kelly Stone office 8302 0963 mobile 0417 861 832 email Kelly.stone@unisa.edu.au

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