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is the VOA Special English Health Report.
has written from China
to lose weight . Michael in Shanghai says he is twenty-six
years old and
has battled obesity for most of his life.
Doctors say obesity,
also known as
, is a
complex condition. A doctor may advise medical interventions
in addition to
say the most
weight-loss plans include a well-balanced diet and exercise.
People who want
have to balance the number
of calories they eat with the number of calories they use. To lose
weight, you can reduce the number of calories
you take in , or
you use, or
Experts at the National Institutes of
say to lose weight ,
should do an hour of moderate to intensive physical
of the week. This
could include fast walking,
strength training .
You should also
a nutritious eating plan and take in
fewer calories than
your body uses
each day .
A recent study looked at four of the most popular dieting plans
in the United States.
Stanford University in
California studied more than three hundred overweight women,
in their thirties and forties .
one of the four plans: Atkins, The Zone, Ornish or LEARN. The women
diet classes and received
written information about the
food plans .
At the end of a year, the women on the Atkins diet
most, more than four and one-half kilograms
They also did better
on tests including cholesterol
levels and blood pressure.
reported in the Journal of the
American Medical Association. He says the Atkins diet may be more
its simple message
to lower intake of sugars.
Also, he says the advice to increase protein in the diet
. He says
there was not enough money to also
study men, but that men would probably have similar results.
But last week, another report suggested that only a small
minority of people have
with dieting. The report
in the journal American Psychologist
was based on
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical
found that most
their lost weight
within five years
they gained back
those who kept the weight off
generally were the ones who
And that's the VOA Special English Health Report, written by Caty
Weaver. I’m Katherine Cole.
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