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What Actually Works for Weight Loss?

30 Jul

Researchers from the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, reviewed the research literature to see what if any integrative therapies had been found effective for the treatment of obesity and helping with weight loss. 

The analysts report that the only integrative interventions (or what used to be referred to as CAM or complementary and alternative methods) they could find that the evidence supported, were three approaches: (1) ingesting food containing diacylglycerol oil; (2) acupuncture; and (3) hypnosis. 

The authors conclude that these three approaches are the only evidence-based complementary therapies for the treatment of obesity, and, at best, they should be used as adjuvants to the more conventional therapies of calorie restriction and exercise.

[Ed. Note: from the wording of the hypothesis through the conclusions posted in this abstract, the investigators appear to reveal an anti-CAM bias.]

Citation: Steyer TE, Ables A. Complementary and alternative therapies for weight loss. Primary Care. 2009 Jun;36 (2):pages 395-406. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award