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Obese people lose only half as much weight as expected on low calorie diet
Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:06 am Email this article
"[O]bese subjects participating in [low calorie diet] programs have a weight loss less than half of that predicted," according to a new study by Steven Heymsfield and colleagues at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, New Jersey. In some studies, the weight loss was less than one-fourth of that which was predicted. The reason? Most is probably due to patients not following the prescribed diet or, to a lesser extent, a decrease in metabolism that scientists currently do not recognize in their current calculations the paper concludes. REFERENCE
Heymsfield S, Harp J, Reitman M, Beetsch J, Schoeller D, Erondu N, Pietrobelli A. Why do obese patients not lose more weight when treated with low-calorie diets? A mechanistic perspective. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Feb, 85(2):346-54.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
S. B. Heymsfield
Clinical Research, Metabolism
Merck Research Laboratories
126 East Lincoln Avenue
PO Box 2000, RY34A-A238
Rahway, NJ 07065-0900
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