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    Friday, July 27, 2012 10:06 am Email this article

    Several authors recently have misconstrued the meaning of Sacks FM et al: Comparison of weight-loss diets with different compositions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. N Engl J Med 2009;360:859--. The authors said that the NEJM study shows there is no difference in weight loss between a high-protein diet and a high carbohydrate diet, implying that Atkins and the rest of us got it wrong.

    ​Indeed I agree there is no difference in weight loss when total calories in the diet are maintained constant. My colleagues and I have never disputed that. What we have said is that when protein is increased in the diet and carbohydrates reduced, people at liberty eat fewer calories. I don't know why. It's just so. My interpretation is that their hunger or their appetite is reduced, but that's just an interpretation. They only fact is experience and the numbers. The observation is that people eat less.

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