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Researchers investigated obese patients who used diet pills, and those who combined diet pills with dieting, counselling and exercise. Those patients involved in the combined therapy trial lost more than twice the amount of weight over the period of the study than those who solely took the weight-loss medication. Two other groups involved in the study who used only counselling and small amounts of counselling with diet pills showed more weight loss initially than the diet pill takers, but they became even after a year in the study. The conclusion of the study was that to maximally benefit from taking weight loss medications patients should be recommended to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by MSNBC.com
About: Fat pills only a component of weight loss therapy
Date: 16 November 2005
Author: Associated Press
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