ABC World News (6/26, story 7, 1:45, Stephanopoulos) reported, "A surprising study" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association "that could change the way we think about dieting. When it comes to counting calories, what kind we take in may matter as how many we take in." Reuters (6/27, Pittman) reports that, according to another study, also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a stepped-care program may be nearly as effective as a standard weight-loss intervention for helping people lose weight, and is cheaper as well.
CardioSource (6/27) reports that one "study, 'Effects of Dietary Composition on Energy Expenditure During Weight-Loss Maintenance,' looked at the effect on energy expenditure and components of the metabolic syndrome of three types of commonly consumed diets following weight loss and found that decreases in resting energy expenditure and total energy expenditure were greatest with a low-fat diet, intermediate with a low-glycemic index diet and least with a very low-carbohydrate diet." The other "study, 'Effect of a Stepped-Care Intervention Approach on Weight Loss in Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial,' showed that although a standard behavioral weight loss intervention among overweight and obese adults resulted in greater average weight loss over 18 months, a stepped care intervention resulted in clinically meaningful weight loss that cost less to implement."
Also covering the first study were the Wall Street Journal (6/27, A3, Dooren, Subscription Publication), USA Today (6/27, Hellmich), the Los Angeles Times (6/27, Brown), Bloomberg News (6/27, Ostrow), and the New York Times (6/27, Bittman) "Opin
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