Which Diet Works Best? Why Doctors Can't Tell You

April 6, 2015 9:00 PM

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Which Diet Works Best? Why Doctors Can't Tell You

With the American Medical Association now urging doctors to treat obesity as a medical condition, physicians should be screening and treating overweight and obesity just as they would any other chronic disorder. But when it comes to figuring out which methods are proven to work best, physicians may find themselves at a loss. Some studies have found that commercial weight loss programs work about the same when it comes to the amount of weight they can help consumers lose, while others found that low-carb diets beat out low-fat plans.

To make sense of the noise, Kimberly Gudzune, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and her colleagues searched the scientific literature for studies on 11 commercial weight loss programs. In their results, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they assessed ...

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