Metabolic Advantage is a term used in nutrition to describe the ability of a diet to achieve greater weight loss (or less weight gain) than another diet of equivalent calories. It is a claimed effect of low-carbohydrate diets and was popularised by the Atkins diet, but although several mechanisms exist to make it biologically plausible, it has yet to be definitively demonstrated as a significant factor in weight control. Some studies that have specifically measured the changes in basal metabolic rate under isocaloric very high-fat and very high-carbohydrate diets have failed to find any statistically significant differences.
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... made the controversial argument that the low-carbohydrate diet produces a metabolic advantage because "burning fat takes more calories so you expend more calories" ... He cited one study where he estimated this advantage to be 950 calories (4.0 MJ) per day ... in Lancet concluded that there was no such metabolic advantage and dieters were simply eating fewer calories because of boredom ...
... The human body requires glucose for the brain and nervous system, and a diet that has very few or no dietary carbohydrates forces it to generate this glucose from protein through gluconeogenesis, with an efficiency of approximately 57% (protein and carbohydrate are approximately equal in calorific value each has about four kilocalories per gram, but gluconeogenesis can produce only 57g of glucose from 100g of protein) ... This could be a significant contributor to metabolic advantage ...
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