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Healthy Diets are Beneficial Even With Little Weight Loss

July 24, 2008 | 1,244 views

In a tightly controlled dieting experiment, obese people lost an average of just 6 to 10 pounds over two years.

The study was intended to determine which of three types of diets works best. The biggest weight loss happened in the first five months of the diet; low-fat and Mediterranean dieters lost about 10 pounds, and low-carbohydrate dieters lost 14 pounds.

By the end of two years, all the dieters had regained some, but not all, of the lost weight. The low-fat dieters showed a net loss of six pounds, and the Mediterranean and low-carbohydrate dieters both lost about 10 pounds.

The results sound modest, but even the small weight loss had resulted in improvements in cholesterol and other health markers.

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