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Count Calories to Lose Weight

February 26, 2009: 06:25 PM EST
Counting calories is the key to losing weight, according to a two-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Frank Sacks, principal investigator in the study, and a professor of cardiovascular-disease prevention at Harvard School of Public Health, says the study “goes against the idea that certain foods are the key to weight loss," and sends a positive message to people. “It gives people a lot of choices to find a diet they can stick with." But Arthur Agatston, a Miami cardiologist who created the South Beach Diet, which focuses on food selection, says "Measuring your food is not going to work in the long term.” Commenting on the research, Martijn Katan, a nutrition researcher at Amsterdam's VU University, said that participants had difficulty keeping weight off toward the end of the study. "Evidently, individual treatment is powerless against an environment that offers so many high-calorie foods and labor-saving devices," he said.
Jennifer Levitz, "Calorie Counters Have it Right, Diet Study Says", Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2009, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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