Stanford University conducted a study to see which of the popular diets had most benefits regarding weight loss for women. They found that Atkins low-carbohydrate diet was the most efficient diet among four studied diets, Atkins, Zone, LEARN (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships and Nutrition) and Ornish diets.

The study also revealed that dieters on Atkins diet managed to decrease the levels of their blood pressure and cholesterol.

Women undergoing the Atkins diet managed to lose 10.4 pounds after 12 months while the average weight loss was 5.7 pounds for women on the LEARN diet, 4.8 pounds for those on Ornish diet and 3.5 pounds for those following the Zone weight-loss plan.

The study involved 311 premenopausal, non-diabetic, overweight women. They were randomly assigned to follow either the Atkins, Zone, LEARN or Ornish diets.

All the study participants were evaluated and had their BMI’s, triglycerides and blood pressures after the study ended. Women following the Atkins diet were found to have had decreased all the measures in comparison to women in the other three groups.

However, some of the critics argue that the study doesn’t answer the chief concern about the Atkins diet, ‘whether consistently eating so many fatty foods could lead to long-term health problems.’