Health Matters: Which diets are better for you

Published 09/03 2014 04:21PM

Updated 09/03 2014 06:43PM

No one-size-fits-all diet plan exists when it comes to weight loss, according to a new study in the journal of the American medical association.

Researchers looked at four dozen previous trials of overweight and obese adults- a total of more than seven thousand patients.  Many participants followed popular name-branded diets, while others followed no diet.

The participants reported their body weight or BMI, or body mass index.

After 6 months, those on low-carb diets and low-fat diets lost approximately the same amount of weight- 18 pounds.. The researchers found those on individually named diets didn't see much of a difference.  People who exercised and had support saw increased weight loss.

But after a year, many people stopped losing weight and gained a couple of pounds back. 

The study authors have advice for the millions of Americans who attempt to diet: find one that works for you and stick with it...echoing advice from other experts.  They say there is not sufficient evidence to recommend any particular diet.

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