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Monthly counselor keeps weight off

Dieters who visit a nutrition counselor once a month prevent gaining weight, according to a new study.

The weight study

Researchers at Duke University studied 1685 overweight adults with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.

The participants were asked to follow the DASH diet for 6 months and take regular moderate exercise. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

Most dieters lost weight with the average loss per person of 19 pounds.

Some of the dieters had monthly visits with a nutrition counselor and other were left to their own devices.

The results

The findings reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed after 2 years, people in the counseling group lost and kept off an average of 9 pounds compared to the self-directed group of 6 pounds.

Lead author Laura Svetkey said, “Even small amounts of weight loss have beneficial effects on blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes.” She added, “This study tells me that people can sustain weight loss.”


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