Why was this study done?
Obesity may be one of the largest threats to overall individual health that we face. A number of conditions are associated with increasing weight gain, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even certain cancers. This study was designed to understand the impact of a structured meal plan on participant’s weight loss efforts.

What did the study find?
Participants following a structured meal program for three months and lost an average of 9.6 pounds (5.1%). Seven out of twenty-nine obese participants (24%) were able to lower their BMI enough to change their classification (from “obese” to “overweight”).

Outcomes of a 3-Month Employee Wellness Weight Loss Challenge: A Physician-Supervised, Structured Meal Replacement Program.
Authors: McManus JF, Lau FC, Daggy BP. American College of Nutrition, 2014.
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