9 December 2011
Patients considering weight loss surgery could kick-start their regime by cutting out carbohydrates for two days a week.
A new study has found that those who do not eat foods high in carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, for two days of every week lose significantly more weight than those who spend seven days counting calories.
Researchers at the University Hospital of South Manchester looked at the diets of 115 women and found that patients who stuck to just 650 calories each day for two days out of seven saw better results in the long term.
Dr Michelle Harvie, of the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre at the hospital which oversaw the study, said that women who cut down on carbohydrates during the two days seemed to burn more calories for the rest of the week.
She added: "What we found was that they naturally ate less."
A report from Cancer Research UK revealed earlier this week that a large number of people who are obese do not want to lose weight and they are unaware of the risks being overweight has to their health.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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