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Low-calorie diet causes twice as much weight loss as low-fat: 16.5 lbs vs 4 lbs in 18 months
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People assigned to eat a low-calorie diet of 1000-1200 calories per day lost nearly twice as much weight loss after six months as those assigned to limit their fat intake to 22-26 grams per day -- 24.6 lbs vs 13.4 lbs -- and also maintained a much greater weight loss after 18 months -- 16.5 lbs vs 4 lbs -- according to a 1999 study by Jean Harvey-Berino from the University of Vermont. Subjects
Subjects: 65 obese women and 15 obese men
The study involved 65 obese women and 15 obese men who were randomly assigned to one or the other diet group.
Forty-eight (48) completed the 1.5 year study.
Conclusion: Calories Count
“Dietary fat restriction did not prove to be superior to calorie restriction, thus strengthening the public health message that calories do count,” Dr. Harvey-Berino concluded.
Harvey-Berino J. Calorie restriction is more effective for obesity treatment than dietary fat restriction. Ann Behav Med. 1999 Spring, 21(1):35-39.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
University of Vermont
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Burlington, VT 05405, USA
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