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Friday, January 08, 2010

Diets put to the test

This intro to The Daily Beast diet tests sounds like a TV news producers sweeps dream, but it is interesting info anyway:

The Daily Beast made a resolution for 2010: Let’s figure out, as definitively as possible, which diets really work. We took the largest, most recent clinical studies for the nation’s most popular diets, and compared the raw data using consistent criteria: six-month and 12-month figures for weight loss and participant retention, as well as 12-month change in Body Mass Index. (The last time, as best we can tell, that anyone undertook a similar exercise was back in 2007 by Consumer Reports, but they did not measure for BMI changes.) In doing so, we were able to find some clear differentiations in terms of which of 10 popular diets work better than others.

The answers were surprising. Mainstays like Jenny Craig and the Zone fared relatively poorly, while Atkins and the Mediterranean diet did well. The No. 1 diet overall? The answer may surprise you. READ IT

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