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Meal replacements cause greater weight loss
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Patients lost nearly five times as much weight after three months of using meal replacements as those following a conventional diet according to study from Germany.
Weight loss in the meal replacement group averaged 7.7 percent of body weight compared to 1.4 percent in the placebo group.
Weight loss after three years averaged 7.6 percent in the meal replacement group versus 4.1 percent in the placebo group.
The study consisted of 100 obese patients (21 males, 79 females) who had previously failed to respond to a reduced-calorie diet.
All patients were prescribed a low-fat diet of 1200 to 1500 calories per day.
The meal replacement group replaced two meals each day with Slim-Fast shakes and two snacks with Slim-Fast nutrition bars.
Ditschuneit HH, Flechtner -Mors M, Adler G. The effectiveness of meal replacement with diet shakes on long-term weight loss and weight maintenance. International Journal of Obesity, Aug 1998, 22(8 Suppl 3):S13 (abstract O45).
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