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About the Study

African-American women are disproportionately burdened by obesity. Our research has shown that this may be due to a high level of insulin secretion (see figure). Insulin is secreted when we eat or drink sugary and starchy foods. It causes the body to deposit fat, and it prevents the body from burning fat as a fuel. This study will determine if a low sugar, low starch diet is helpful for weight loss and weight loss maintenance in African-American women. The study provides all food for 14 weeks followed by nutrition counseling for 6 months.

Higher insulin secretion in African-Americans in response to a sugary drink. Gower et al., 1998, AJCN 67:821


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