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Overweight patients lost more weight when their physician
assigned them a diet
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Philadelphia, June 16, 2015 -- Researchers say it's
counterintuitive, but letting patients choose a diet plan based on
personal preference may not help them lose weight. The results of a
randomized trial are published in Annals of Internal
Regardless of the approach, greater adherence to dietary
recommendations is the best predictor of weight loss. Researchers
hypothesized that letting patients choose a diet they like might
help them adhere to a program and lose more weight than if they
were assigned a diet by their physician.
The researchers randomly assigned 207 participants to one of two
groups: choice or comparator. The choice participants were given
the option of following a low-carbohydrate diet without calorie
restriction or a low-fat diet combined with calorie restriction.
The comparator group was randomly assigned a diet. Both groups were
offered group and telephone counseling sessions throughout the
48-week study. At 12 weeks, choice participants were offered the
opportunity to switch diets if they were unsatisfied with the
option they chose, yet very few switched. Contrary to expectations,
patients in the choice group lost less weight and reported less
dietary adherence and weight-related quality of life than those who
were prescribed a diet.
According to the researchers, these results suggest that
choosing a diet based on food preferences may make it difficult for
dieters to scale down on the amount that they eat. Future research
should consider matching the most effective diet to an individual
using other patient characteristics such as metabolic profile or
even genetic profile.
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