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Popular Diets do not lead to Weight Loss

According to the Boston Medical Center, approximately 15% of the population attempts to lose weight each year, mainly through dieting. That same group will spend $33 billion on weight-loss products and countless dollars on books and magazines advertising dietary solutions. For their time and effort, only about 2% of these people will attain and maintain long-term weight loss as a result of dietary restraint. For those who add exercise to the mix, however, the likelihood of both weight loss and weight maintenance improve. According to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, obese patients can lose weight and keep it off using the most traditional method of eating less and exercising more. In an article published April 10 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nicklas and colleagues analyzed data culled from more than 4,000 obese (BMI >30) individuals. Of those surveyed, 63% reported that they had attempted weight loss. Of the 2,500 individuals in this category, 45% reported they were able to lose more than 5% of their body weight, and another 20% lost 10% or more of their body weight.

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