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Permanently changing eating and exercise habits

Will a high protein paleo or Atkins-style diet lead to more weight loss than a low-fat diet? Sherry Pagoto, a weight management clinician and associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, believes that is the wrong question to ask.

Instead, researchers should be trying to determine what really works to help people permanently change their eating and exercise habits to lose and keep off excess weight over the long haul, Pagoto wrote last Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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