Thursday, August 03, 2006

UConn Low-Carb Researchers Receive $450,000 Gift From The Atkins Foundation

Dr. Jeff Volek's work on low-carb diets has been extraordinary

This Hartford (CT) Courant article shares the continued philanthropy of Veronica Atkins and the Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation towards furthering the science behind livin' la vida low-carb.

Just as she has done with endowed chairs at The University of Texas Southwestern and The University of Michigan in recent months, Mrs. Atkins has donated $450,000 to the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education to help carry on their current 7-year research into the low-carb diets.

One of the researchers involved is Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at UConn named Dr. Jeff Volek, whose work on metabolic syndrome and the triglyceride/HDL ratio I have previously blogged about. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Volek in January at the low-carb conference in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Volek, along with kinesiology Professor William Kraemer and nutritional sciences Professor Maria-Luz Fernandez, have been trumpeting the benefits of a carb-restricted diet compared with the low-fat diet as it relates to weight loss, diabetes and heart disease. The compelling conclusion of their research has been that livin' la vida low-carb is MUCH more effective at managing weight and disease than low-fat diets have been.

Be sure to congratulate Dr. Jeff Volek on receiving this sorely needed funding for his research and encourage him to keep up the fantastic job he has been doing by e-mailing him at


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