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Low-calorie diets cause average weight loss of 8% in six months
Monday, January 16, 2006 5:57 am Email this article
Low calorie diets cause help patients lose an average of about 8 percent of their body weight in six months according to a new review paper. This is a weight loss of 12 pounds for someone weighing 150 pounds, 16 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds, and 20 pounds for someone weighing 250 pounds.
Low calorie diets should reduce calorie intake by 500 to 1000 calories per day below a person’s needs, which should cause a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week.
“To achieve such goals, it is important to reduce dietary fat as well as dietary carbohydrates to facilitate calorie reduction,” the authors note.
Lang A, Froelicher E. Management of overweight and obesity in adults: behavioral intervention for long-term weight loss and maintenance. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2006 Jan 5.
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