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FAQs  •  April 20, 2020

The number of diets that exist promising the user of that diet incredible weight loss success, fat-burning, and increased vitality is staggering.  What should we believe?  Intermittent fasting? The Ketogenic diet? The Paleo diet? The use of weight loss supplements and teas? Low-fat diet? Low-carb diet? High-protein diet??  The advertisements out there all have big promises, but what do legitimate medical studies show to be best?

Firstly, there have been no impressive weight loss results when it comes to “fat-burning” supplements.  Whether it be raspberry ketones, Garcinia, detox tea, skinny tea, apple cider vinegar and so many more, there are no long or short-term studies showing that these products give people a significant amount of weight loss.  Some of these products are expensive, please save your money. 

When it comes to which diet is best for weight loss, the results of the biggest study done may surprise you.  In 2009, a large study was done and was published in The New England Journal of Medicine looking at 4 typical diets which ranged in the amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats to mirror some of the popular fad diets mentioned above.  The patients were followed closely and given nutritional instruction for 2 years.  In the beginning of the study, the amount of weight lost was quicker for some patients than others, regardless of the diet plan.  By the 6- month mark, all the patients following their particular diet plan had lost an average of 6 kg (about 14 lbs.). 

At the end of the trial, participants had lost an average of 4kg (10lbs) and those with the best results were the ones who attended more of the group and individualized sessions regardless of diet!!

The conclusion of this large study was that reduced calorie diets result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasized (protein, fat, or carbohydrates).  The key to success for the 800+ participants in this weight loss trial was how closely they followed up with the group and individualized sessions!

At Medical Weight Loss of Cherry Hill, we make a reduced calorie nutrition plan and use anti-obesity medication to help you boost your metabolism and stick to a plan that will help burn-fat, combat hunger, boost your metabolism AND fit into your lifestyle.  The medical approach WORKS.

Don’t take weight loss advice from the internet, work with a physician who specialize in Bariatric Medicine to help you achieve weight loss and improved health. 

Elyse Dishler, M.D.

Family Medicine/Obesity Medicine

References: N Eng J Med 2009; 360:859-73.

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