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Flawed Research Used to Promote the “Metabolic Advantage” – And They Know Better

Promoters of the concept of the “metabolic advantage” of the Atkins Diet are so desperate to make their point that they will use obviously bogus research, and describe this work as the “most striking” evidence.[27] This spectacular evidence for the “metabolic advantage,” collected by Stephen Sondike, was published in 2003 in the journal Pediatrics.[9]

The work by Sondike is a 12-week, randomized, controlled study of 39 children, aged 12 to 18, placed on either the Atkins Diet or “low-fat” (actually 30% fat) diet.[9] The results: those on the Atkins Diet lost 12.8 pounds (5.8 Kg) more than those on the “low-fat diet,” while consuming many more calories each day on the Atkins Diet. Calculated from the difference in daily calories – 1830 on Atkins minus 1100 on “low-fat” – there would have been a 730 calorie per day “metabolic advantage” if both groups had lost same amount of weight.

However, both groups did not lose the same weight – the Atkins people actually lost 12.8 pounds more than the “low-fat” group – so these calories must be accounted for also. These 12.8 pounds of weight loss mean an additional deficit of 532 calories per day (12.8 pounds x 3500 calories/pound of fat / 84 days = 532 calories per day). Adding these two differences together (730 plus 532 calories) would mean that the Atkins Diet in this study had a “metabolic advantage” of 1262 calories a day – that’s more calories than the children on the “low-fat” diet were said to eat daily. This is obviously impossible – and any one interested in honest research would know that, and completely discount these findings. Worse than deceiving the public, this flawed study is shamelessly used to instruct medical students on the benefits of the Atkins Diet.[25]

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