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Meal Replacements Found To Be No More Effective For Weight Loss As Low-Calorie Diets

December 9, 2010: 09:56 AM EST

Research by U.S. scientists has found that obese teenagers who ate meal replacement foods instead of regular meals lost more weight initially, but after a year were no better off than those who ate a standard low-calorie diet. One hundred thirteen obese teens were randomly assigned to one of three diet plans: a 1,300- to 1,500-calorie-a-day diet for one year; four months of meal replacements (SlimFast shakes, a prepackaged entrée, and five servings of fruits and vegetables) followed by eight months on the low-cal diet; or a whole year of meal replacements. After four months, participants who ate meal replacements had reduced their body mass index (BMI) by 6.3 percent, compared to the low-calorie group’s 3.8 percent. After a year, however, there was no significant difference in degree of weight loss among the three groups.

Robert I. Berkowitz, et al. , "Meal Replacements in the Treatment of Adolescent Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial", Obesity, December 09, 2010, © Nature Publishing Group
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