Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 29, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of Sweden where they tested one particular diet and found that it helped people lose an average of 24 pounds a year, noting that this a solid, reasonable, and sustainable goal.
As noted in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/weight-loss-articles/trim-your-belly-fat-with-this-new-method), there are so many diet trends out there; it can be hard to figure out what really works. The Swedish researchers investigated a diet called “Itrim,” which is popular in Sweden.
As the article outlines, researchers found that most participants lost significant weight in the first three months, before settling into a sustainable pattern after one year. Results after one year are still unknown, but obviously, maintaining the reduced weight is the ultimate goal.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Trim Your Belly Fat with This New Method,” reports that Itrim is based on available research on sustained weight loss through diet and exercise. In all, more than 9,000 participants in the study started one of three diets for a minimum of one year:
1. Very low calorie diet (VLCD): 500 kcal/day, consisting solely of meal replacements for six to ten weeks
2. Low calorie diet (LCD): 1,200–1,500 kcal/day, consisting of a mix of normal food and meal replacements
3. Calorie-restricted normal diet: 1,500–1,800 kcal/day, consisting of normal food
The program also included group sessions, individual booster sessions, and an exercise regimen. People on the VLCD diet were required to see a physician at the outset.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the people on average were 48 years old and 42% chose VLCD, 51% chose LCD, and seven percent chose the third option. The study found that the overall weight loss was 11 kg (or 12% of the starting weight) after one year. That equals about 24 pounds. Those on the VLCD program dropped the most weight, with an average of 30 pounds. The LCD and calorie-restricted normal food diet participants lost about 20 and 15 pounds, respectively.
An important note: 21% of participants dropped out of the program. The lowest dropout rate was seen in the VLCD group (18%), with LCD at 23%, and the restricted diet group at 26%. In Sweden, this diet costs about $1,300 to get involved in.
Remember that the ultimate goal is to change eating habits by limiting proportions, eating more produce, cutting down on fatty and rich foods, and exercising.
(SOURCE: Hemmingsson, E., et al., “Weight loss and dropout during a commercial weight loss program using VLCD, LCD and restricted normal food: observational cohort study,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept. 19 2012 [online ahead of print].)
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