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SlimFast shakes cause 15.6 lbs weight loss in three months
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People using two SlimFast meal replacement shakes and two SlimFast bars in place of two meals and two snacks lost an average of 15.6 pounds in the first three months compared to only 2.9 pounds for those on a low calorie diet alone.
Weight loss: 7.8% vs 1.5%
This amount of weight loss represented 7.8 percent of body weight for the SlimFast group and 1.5 percent for the diet group.
Subjects: 100 people
The study involved 100 obese people.
Ditschuneit H, Flechtner-Mors M, Johnson T, Adler G. Metabolic and weight-loss effects of a long-term dietary intervention in obese patients. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Feb, 69(2):198-204.
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On Oct 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm Nicole Nelson wrote:
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Was this research sponsored in any way by the makers of SlimFast? I ask because IMHO, SlimFast is liquid candy compared to many other liquid meal replacement shakes...it just doesn't make sense to me why anyone with a background in nutrition would choose SlimFast over other so many other natural and healthy brands.
My other question is why do you suppose SlimFast worked so much better than the low calorie group? I speculate it is because SlimFast a portion controlled product and unless the other group was receiving portioned controlled meals directly from the researchers, it is very likely they were underestimating their daily caloric intake. People, including dietitians are notoriously inaccurate and estimating the calories in food without using scales or other measuring devices.
Very interesting research, thanks for posting it for us!
On Oct 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:
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Yes, the research was sponsored by SlimFast, however, study after study shows that meal replacement shakes are effective at causing weight loss.
I agree with you that other meal replacement shakes may be better.
A couple of weight loss doctors -- Jay Piatek, MD and Jerry Darm, MD -- told me that the meal replacement shakes from HMR (Health Management Resources) are the best.
Dr. Piatek said that they are great for helping people continue losing weight if they have reached a plateau.
Dr. Darm said he considers the HMR shakes to be the best and he said he has tried a lot of them.
Health Management Resources
Here is what Dr. Piatek said about HMR meal replacement shakes.
PIATEK ON MEAL REPLACEMENTS
Hobbs: What type of meal replacement shakes do you use?
Piatek: High-protein meal replacement shakes from HMR--Health Management Resources. They never cause weight gain. They always cause weight loss. Patients love them. Patients who are stuck on a weight plateau and can?t seem to lose always lose 2 to 5 pounds per week by using the shakes depending on how many they use per day.
Hobbs: How do the HMR shakes compare to SlimFast?
Piatek: They have 70 fewer calories and twice as much protein as SlimFast--15 grams versus 7 grams--and they taste much, much better. I can hardly keep them in stock.
Hobbs: How do patients use them?
Piatek: The easiest way is to have them drink a shake before their main meal of the day to kill their appetite. It reduces their intake by 500 to 800 calories per meal. Another way is to use 3 shakes per day for a week or two--one for breakfast, one for lunch and one before dinner. Some people use this technique one week a month. Using three shakes per day causes a weight loss of 2 or 3 pounds per week.
Another way is to use 5 shakes per day in place of meals for a week or two. This causes a weight loss of about 5 pounds per week. The only time that I allow patients to use them longer than a week or two is diabetics who are taking medicines that are making them fat. I let them use the HMR shakes in stead of eating until the lose 15 or 20 pounds which lets them get off of their diabetes medicine. This is one exception where I do focus on weight in the short-term.
Hobbs: Do people get tired of the taste?
Piatek: No, because we make up recipes with them to vary the taste. They can add orange flavoring or Crystal Lite or soda or fruit to change the flavor.
(Note: Dr. Jerry Darm said the same thing about HMR--?I?ve looked at the Optifast and Medifast, but I consider HMR?s program to be the best6 I think their shakes are the best, and believe me, I?ve tried a lot of different ones.? (ORU, Mar 99). HMR can be reached at Health Management Resources, 59 Temple Place, Suite 704, Boston, MA 02111, phone (800) 418-1367 or (617) 357-9876, by fax at (617) 357-9690 or on the web at http://www.yourbetterhealth.com).
The entire interview with Dr. Piatek is posted here:
On Oct 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm Nicole Nelson wrote:
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Thanks Larry, that is very illuminating!
On Oct 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:
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