According to a new study out of the UK, diet plans such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World are more effective than plans implemented by primary care doctors. The study found that the commercial diet plans led to an average weight loss of approximately 10 lbs through the lifespan of the study, while the doctor-led plans yielded only a 3 lb weight loss.
The plans implemented by doctors included individual counseling on diet and exercise through the doctors themselves as well as nutritionists and nurses. The doctor-led plans are proposed and supported by the National Health Service.
The more effective diet plans (such as Weight Watchers) use weekly meetings and set weight loss goals for members. They are more widely available and considerably cheaper than doctor-led weight loss programs. Perhaps the main reason for success of these plans is the support of other members. Weight loss can be better attainable if a proper support network is available to the individual. Also, groups such as weight watchers tend to teach members proper eating habits and lifelong knowledge about how to select meals.
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