March 25, 2005

Low-Carb Diets May Lead to Smaller Appetites

Researchers say they think they now understand why low carbohydrate diets can be more effective than others: restricting carbohydrates appears to also restrict overall appetites. In a study of 10 people whose eating habits were monitored very closely during a three week hospital stay, scientists discovered that, when the patients ate fewer carbohydrates they also tended to want less food overall.

Here's The Overview:

  • The small study involved just 10 volunteers who were confined to hospital for three weeks so that every calorie they consumed and expended could be measured.
  • It revealed that carbohydrates eaten by the volunteers - potatoes, bread and cakes - stimulated their appetite so they ate more of other foods as well.
  • When the carbs were restricted, consumption of other foods fell as well, even though the volunteers were free to eat anything else they wanted.
  • Over the three weeks of the study the average daily consumption fell by a third from 3111 calories a day to 2164 calories, when access to potatoes, bread and cakes was restricted.
  • The volunteers, who were obese and had diabetes, lost 4.2 pounds on average.
  • "Participants went from an excessive caloric intake to a normal caloric intake for their height and weight when we reduced their carbohydrates.
  • Overall consumption fell by 1000 calories a day, even though the participants were offered as much protein and fatty foods as they could eat.
  • The researchers weighed all food, monitored exercise and measured calorie energy intake, expenditure and body water composition and tested blood sugar, cholesterol and hormone levels believed to be involved in appetite regulation.
  • "All the weight loss was in fat," Professor Boden said. "It helps to know that carbohydrates make it more difficult to reduce food intake. So cutting the carbohydrates at least to some extent will help keep down the caloric intake.

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Serves: 12
Carbs Per Serving: 4.8 g
Prep Time:<75 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

24 oz cream cheese softened
3/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1/4 cup cocoa
3 large eggs
1 cup cream
2 tb spSteviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 tsp vanilla
1 tb sp coconut flakes -- unsweetened
1 tb sp unsweetened cocoa -- sugar free/fat free
Crust of Choice -- optional

Beat softened cream cheese until smooth.
Add Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
and cocoa.
Add eggs, one at a time,mixing well with each egg.
Blend in whipping cream and vanilla.
Bake at 325°F for 45-55 minutes, or until edge is set.
Turn off oven and open door 4 inches.
Leave cheesecake in oven for 30 more minutes or until center is set. - Remove from oven.
Cool on wire rack until room temperature.
Run knife around outside of pan and loosen spring-form. Refrigerate.
Whip the whipping cream with Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
and vanilla.
Spread on cooled cheesecake.
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