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From the Journal of the American Medical Association:
The researchers' meta-analysis found that people on diets of 60 or fewer grams of carbohydrates a day (a threshold used in some of the popular low-carbohydrate diets) did lose weight. But the weight loss was associated with restriction of caloric intake and longer diet duration, not with reduced carbohydrate intake. It also found that the greatest weight loss occurred among those participants on diets with the highest baseline weight and lowest caloric content.

"The greatest predictors of weight loss appear to be caloric intake and diet duration," she (Dena Bravata, MD) said. "The findings suggest that if you want to lose weight, you should eat fewer calories and do so over a long time period."

This is from a Stanford research paper reviewing 107 low-carb diet studys over a 4 year period. They note that there is no conclusive evidence for or against such diets, but indicate that there are concerns about the potential for liver and kidney damage resulting from those diets over the long term.

Up until I got a job in the computer industry, I was always quite skinny. My suddenly sedentary worklife altered that to the point where I was in pretty bad shape. Mae and I joined a gym shortly after moving to St. Louis, and we've moderately altered our eating habits (e.g. we eat fast foood less frequently). Mae has lost quite a bit (and would likely have lost more were it not for hormones interfering). I've dropped almost three inches off my waist. While I plan to drop at least another inch, I'm pleased with the progress I've made with very little effort. I don't worry much about carbs/fats/etc, I look at how many calories I take in and if they're useful calories. I work out several times each week, and enjoy doing so, and simply make the effort to expend more calories than I consume. Do so over a long period and you will not only lose weight, but you will keep it off.

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