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Updated: December 22, 2009 21:06 IST

Eating less no guarantee of weight loss

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General rules for dieting are not helpful while treating seriously overweight people. File Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
The Hindu General rules for dieting are not helpful while treating seriously overweight people. File Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Simply eating less is no guarantee of weight loss, nutritional medicine specialists from Munich have found while treating seriously overweight people.

Writing in the bimonthly German medical journal Aktuelle Ernaehrungsmedizin (Current Nutritional Medicine), the specialists said that dieters who were not sated might break off their diet. They therefore advised changing eating habits drastically.

General rules for dieting are not helpful, the authors said. What, how much and how often a dieter eats is an individual matter. Some dieters prefer to reduce the number of days on which they eat a particular food but not the amount, others the amount but not the frequency. It is important in any case to keep calorie counts in mind.

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