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A new study published in the medical journal The BMJ shows that low carbohydrate diets cause people to burn more calories as compared to medium and high carb diets.
The study showed that those who eat low carb diets may burn an extra 230 or more calories per day.
The purpose of this study was to test the Carbohydrate-Insulin Model.
This model theorizes that the increase of the hormone insulin after eating carbohydrates predisposes the body to store body fat rather than using the nutrients for energy.
Many foods high in carbohydrates such as simple sugars are known to greatly increase insulin levels. The impact these foods have on insulin can be estimated using the glycemic index and glycemic loads.
Foods with a high glycemic load will increase insulin more compared to low glycemic load foods.
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