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A 300 kcal (1.2 MJ) diet using conventional food



A 300 kcal (1.2 MJ) diet using conventional food



International Journal of Obesity 5(3): 217-220



A very-low-calorie diet (300 kcal, 1.2 MJ) using conventional foodstuffs including lean meat, fish, skim milk, lowfat cottage cheese, wholegrain bread, and vegetables was followed by overweight patients for 4-6 weeks under carefully monitored clinical supervision. The diet contained 22.6 g protein, 34 g carbohydrate and 6.9 g fat. Mean weight loss of 340 g/day was noted. Hunger feelings did not persist beyond the third day, but patients developed hyperuricemia and ketonuria. However, serum cholesterol and triglycerides were normalized in most patients, and hypertension disappeared in nearly all cases. Although this diet fails to provide 100% of RDA for vitamins and minerals without supplementation, it offers nutritional advantages over fasting and formula or fad diets; patients acquire better nutrition knowledge and food habits. The diet is inexpensive and also allows patients to eat meals. It should not, however, be prescribed over prolonged periods. (nm)

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