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    People put on a 1200-1500 calorie diet lost an average of 19.6 lbs after one year

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    Sunday, October 21, 2012 2:53 pm Email this article

    People put on a low-calore diet consisting of two calorie-restricted normal-food meals and two formula-diet meal-replacement sachets providing a total caloric intake of 1200-1500 calories per day depending on body size and exercise levels lost an average of 19.6 lbs after one year according to a new study from Sweden.

    This weight loss was 10.1% of their original body weight.

    Weight Maintenance Phase

    Weight loss phase for 2-3 months followed by 9 months of weight maintenance

    “After the weight-loss phase, all 3 groups entered the same 9-month weight-maintenance program, which included an exercise program (circuit training, with a mix of aerobic and strength- training workout stations, at the center 2–3 times per week for 30 to 45 min; physically active transport to and from work; and use of a Yamax SW-200 pedometer to encourage walking), dietary advice, and behavioral changes,” the paper notes.

    “Dietary advice included the use of restricted portions sizes and consumption of a diet rich in protein, with a low glycemic index, and with a low overall en- ergy density (eg, consumption of vegetables and water as opposed to caloric beverages).”


    Subjects: 4588 people

    The study included 4588 obese people with an average body mass index (BMI) of 30 and an average age of 50-years-old.

    Eighty-six percent (86%) were women, and 14% were men.



    Dropouts: 23% dropped out of the study

    Only 23% of the subjects dropped out of the one-year study before completion.


    Hemmingsson E, Johansson K, Eriksson J, Sundstrom J, Neovius M, and Marcus C. Weight loss and dropout during a commercial weight-loss program including a very-low-calorie diet, a low-calorie diet, or restricted normal food: observational cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr 2012; 953-961.

    Author’s Contact Info

    E Hemmingsson
    Karolinska University Hospital Obesity Center
    Department of Medicine Obesity Center
    Karolinska Institutet
    Norra Stationsgatan 93,
    114 64 Stockholm, Sweden
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