Slim Differences in Weight-Loss Plans

IF YOU'VE suspected that ail diet plans have pretty much the same results, a new analysis says you're right. Michael Dansinger, MD, of the Tufts-New England Medical Center and colleagues looked at results from 46 weight-loss diet studies totaling nearly 12,000 participants. Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they reported that the average weight loss was just 6% — about 10 to 15 pounds — and most dieters regained all the weight they'd lost within five years. No diet significantly bettered that average, nor did weight-loss drugs. But even such a small, temporary weight reduction can be a plus for your health, Dr. Dansinger told Reuters: "A modest weight loss of 6% that is partially maintained for five years is likely to have important health benefits such as delaying the onset of diabetes."

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