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Am J Clin Nutr. 1992 Jul;56(1 Suppl):290S-291S.

Comparative weight loss in obese patients restarting a supplemented very-low-calorie diet.

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  • 1Health Management Resources, Boston, MA 02111.


Successive weight losses were compared for 21 patients restarting a very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) after weight regain. Patients broke VLCD2 sooner (3.8 vs 9.8 wk) and lost less (9.4 vs 19.1 kg), but weight-loss rates did not differ significantly (0.83 vs 0.71 kg/wk). Net loss post-VLCD2 was 12.0 kg. Restart patients had difficulty adhering to the repeat VLCD, which resulted in lower losses. However, similar weight-loss rates and significant net weight loss suggest repeat VLCDs can be effective.

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