[ASC-media] CSIRO study: high protein diet better for waist loss in men

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Thu Dec 6 04:19:31 CET 2007

6 December 2007
Ref 07/244 

CSIRO study: high protein diet better for waist loss in men

A new CSIRO study has found that overweight and obese men can lose
weight effectively and safely on a high protein diet.

Presenting the results of the study today at the Nutrition Society
Conference in Auckland, NZ, CSIRO dietitian Dr Manny Noakes said that
the study suggests it is easier than previously thought for men to take
action to lose weight.

The study compared a diet high in protein, red meat and fibre with one
high in carbohydrate and fibre, finding that both diets led to similar
weight losses, but the high protein diet was more effective at reducing
abdominal fat levels.

"Abdominal fat is a key risk factor for men for a range of diseases
including colorectal and other cancers," Dr Noakes said. 

"The results also show that a range of indicators of bowel, kidney and
bone health showed no difference between the high protein diet and the
high carbohydrate diet. 

"For weight loss, red meat and other protein sources should be eaten as
part of a balanced eating plan." 

The study was initiated by CSIRO as part of the Preventative Health
National Research Flagship and partly financially supported by Meat and
Livestock Australia. Over 100 overweight and obese men participated in
the study.

National Research Flagships. www.csiro.au/flagships

CSIRO initiated the National Research Flagships to provide science-based
solutions in response to Australia's major research challenges and
opportunities. The nine Flagships form multidisciplinary teams with
industry and the research community to deliver impact and benefits for
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Further Information: 

Dr Manny Noakes

Preventative Health National Research Flagship
08 8303 8827; 0403 197 996
manny.noakes at csiro.au  

Media Assistance:

Tom McGinness

National Research Flagships Program
02 9490 5477; 0419 419 210
tom.mcginness at csiro.au

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