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Very-low calorie diet caused weight loss of 24% vs 17% for commercial program or self-guided diet
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Among people who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight, those who followed at very-low-calorie diet lost an average of 24 percent of their body weight compared to a weight loss of 17 percent for those who used a commercial program or self-guided approach according to a study from The City University of New York in
New York, New York, USA. Weight Loss at 6 Months
No difference in weight loss at 6 months
After six months, those who had used the very-low-calorie diet had regained more weight so that there was no difference in percent weight loss between any of the groups.
Weight Loss at 1.5 Years
Weight loss after 1.5 years greatest in self-guided group
People who used a self-guided approach maintained their weight loss after 1.5 years.
Conclusion: Self-guided approached worked best long-term
“The large initial weight losses achieved by individuals who had used a [very-low-calorie diet] were not maintained over time, whereas individuals who had used a self-guided approach maintained their initial weight losses with the greatest success,” the authors of the study concluded.
Angela Marinilli Pinto AAG, Hollie A. Raynor, Deborah F. Tate, Joseph L. Fava And Rena R. Wing. Successful weight-loss maintenance in relation to method of weight loss. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Aug 14, 16(8):published early on-line.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Angela M. Pinto
Department of Psychology
The City University of New York
New York, New York, USA
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