Diet, Exercise Beats Pills, Fads: Study

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Surprise! Eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising helps obese Americans lose more weight than those who turn to diet fads and pills.

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical Center analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was conducted by the CDC. The data came from more than 4,000 obese individuals aged 20 years and older with a BMI of 30 or over.

More than half of the people in the survey reportedly were trying to lose weight at the time of the study, which was conducted between 2001 and 2006. About 40 percent had lost 5 percent or more of their body fat in that time, and 20 percent of the participants lost 10 percent or more. Full Text

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