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Average weight loss 22 lbs in 4-month studies in diet studies; 13-18 lbs maintained after one year
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"Data from the scientific community indicate that a 15-[week] diet or diet plus exercise program produces a weight loss of about [22 lbs] with a 60-80% maintenance after 1 [year]," according to a 1999 review paper on the effectiveness of diet and exercise for weight loss.
"Although long-term follow-up data are meager, the data that do exist suggest almost complete relapse after 3-5 [years]."
Miller W. How effective are traditional dietary and exercise interventions for weight loss? Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999 Aug, 31(8):1129-34.
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The George Washington University Medical Center
Washington DC 20052, USA
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