A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine says that trendy diets are not the best way to lose weight; instead, it prescribes the common sense method of eating less fat and getting more exercise.
The journal added that weight loss programs and prescription weight loss pills can be effective supplements to a diet routine.
"People actually are losing 5 percent to 10 percent of their body weight or more using tried-and-true methods," says study author Jacinda M. Nicklas, MD, MPH. She is a clinical research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Of the 4,000 individuals surveyed for the study, 2,523 reported attempting to lose weight. 40 percent of those individuals reported weight loss of 5 percent or greater, another 20 percent lost 10 percent or more.
"Those who exercised more and ate less fat were significantly more likely to lose weight," say the authors. "Additionally we found a correlation between joining weight loss programs and greater reported weight loss, which may speak to the importance of structure in a weight loss regimen" says Nicklas.
by RTT Staff Writer
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