Study weighs success of four popular diets

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    Feb 26, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
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    •Researchers test four diets for weight-loss effectiveness

    •Dieting theories emphasize carbohydrates, proteins or fats

    •No huge differences seen between diets, key is calorie reduction

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    After two years of monitoring the participants, "all the diets were winners," said study co-author Dr. Frank Sacks, a professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health. "All produced weight loss and improvements in lipids, reduction in insulin.

    "The key really is that it's calories. It's not the content of fat or carbohydrates, it's just calories," said Sacks. The findings are published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/25/best.diet/index.html
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    Feb 26, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    I wish people would pay attention more to the basics of science and less to diet fads that promise an easy fix.

    Calories Consumed < Calories Used = Weight loss;

    Calories Consumed > Calories Used = Weight Gain.

    That is what a dietecian drilled into me years ago and I have remembered it ever since.
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    Feb 26, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    At 2 years, only about 15% of each group had lost at least 10% of body weight. Attendance at group counseling sessions strongly predicted successful weight loss. At 2 years, hunger and diet-satisfaction scores were all similar

    So if you get emotional support you will do better than going it alone. One editor mentioned that the best way to prevent adult obesity is to prevent childhood obesity