Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 19, 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 major study out of Boston that has identified which obese dieters are succeeding the most.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/weight-loss-articles/new-study-reveals-the-best-ways-to-shed-pounds), researchers have found a substantial number of obese participants did successfully shed pounds when they stuck to three specific weight loss goals.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that in a nationally representative sample of obese dieters found that people were more likely to lose weight if they:
Ate less fat
Used prescription medications
What did not contribute to success were fad diets, diet pills and diet foods.
The data are culled from the 2001-2006 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, which collects demographic, health, and health behavior information from U.S. adults. From a sample of more than 4,000 obese adults with a body mass index of 30 or higher, 63% had tried to shed pounds in the previous year. Of these people, 40% lost five percent of their weight or more, while 20% lost 10% or more.
People were more likely to drop at least five percent of body weight if they reported eating less fat, exercising more, and using medications. Those who lost at least 10% were also more likely to have joined a weight loss program. While a 10% drop is best for improving health in an obese individual, a modest weight loss of five percent can lead to health benefits.
Liquid diets, non-prescription diet pills, and popular diets showed no association with successful weight loss. Those who lost more than 10% of body weight were less likely to report eating diet foods and products, compared to those who lost less.
This suggests that the structure of being in a program may be quite important for success. As well, it is possible that some dieters may be overeating diet products because they believe they are healthy, or low in calories.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that while they did find that medications intended to shed pounds were related to success, only a small number of study participants used them.
(SOURCE: “Successful Weight Loss Among Obese U.S. Adults,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, May 2012; 42 (5).)
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