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Liquid diets, nonprescription diet pills, and popular diets showed no association with weight loss
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"Liquid diets, nonprescription diet pills, and popular diets showed no association with successful weight loss, and those who reported losing 10% body weight [or more] were less likely to report eating diet foods/products, compared with those who did not lose 10%," notes a new paper about obese adults who were participants in the 2001–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
"The most-popular strategies employed by obese participants who reported trying to lose weight were eating less, exercising more, eating less fat, and switching to lower-calorie foods."
"In contrast, only a small proportion used commercial weight loss programs, liquid diets, and prescription weight loss medicines."
Subjects: 4021 obese adults, 2523 (63%) reported trying to lose weight
Of 4021 obese adults, 2523 (63%) reported trying to lose weight in the previous year. Among those attempting weight loss, 1026 (40%) lost 5% or more, and 510 (20%) lost 10% or more body weight.
Nicklas JM, Huskey KW, Davis RB, Wee SC. Successful weight loss among obese u.s. Adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012 Apr 10, published early on-line.
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Jacinda M. Nicklas, MD
Division of General Medicine and Primary Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston MA 02115
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