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Less popular weight loss strategies: commercial weight loss programs, liquid diets, diet pills
Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:24 pm Email this article
"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," notes a new paper about obese adults who were participants in the 2001–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
"In contrast, only a small proportion used commercial weight loss programs, liquid diets, and prescription weight loss medicines.
"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%."
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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