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Adherence to Diets for Weight Loss—Reply

Sherry Pagoto, PhD1 ; Bradley M. Appelhans, PhD2
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1 Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
2Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(24):2676-2677. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282651.
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In Reply Even though they agree with our emphasis on behavioral adherence, Dr Yancy and colleagues advocate for additional diet comparison studies given the controversy regarding their effectiveness for improving health outcomes. Specifically, Yancy and colleagues describe scant high-quality evidence to support any diet’s beneficial effects on clinical events.

We agree with the importance of demonstrating effects of diet on clinical events (eg, incident diabetes, stroke) rather than on weight and cardiometabolic risk factors alone. However, to the extent that the dietary effects on clinical events are driven by weight loss, the 4 meta-analyses14 cited in our Viewpoint, and a fifth published afterward,5 indicate that differences between individual diets are likely to be trivial.


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December 25, 2013
William S. Yancy Jr, MD, MHSc; Megan A. McVay, PhD; Grant D. Brinkworth, PhD
1Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
2Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
JAMA. 2013;310(24):2676. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282639.
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