Most low-carb dieters eat too many carbs

April 9, 2004 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Most low-carb dieters eat too many carbs

Most Americans who say they are following low-carb diets are actually eating more carbohydrates than such diets recommend, a new survey has found. According to a study of 11,000 people released by a market research firm this week, only one out of every four low-carb dieters is actually significantly cutting carbs.

At any given time, about 10 million Americans are following low-carb diets such as the Atkins and South Beach, the report said.

But adults who are reducing their carb intakes are still eating about 128 grams of refined carbohydrates a day, the study found. That compares with the 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day recommended by some low-carb diets. Refined carbohydrates are total carbohydrate minus dietary fibre.

"People still want to lose weight by eating, but getting people to change their behaviour is very difficult to do," said the researcher.

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