Slim-Fast® and Weight Loss

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Slim-Fast® and Weight Loss A Little History Lesson According to Good Housekeeping, the liquid diet drink trend began in the early 1930’s, with “Dr. Stoll’s Diet-Aid, the Natural Reducing Food.” This low-calorie product, a combination of milk chocolate, starch, whole wheat, and bran, mixed with water to create drinks that replaced breakfast and lunch (http://homearts.com/gh/health/07nutrb2.htm). Since then, numerous liquid products and other diet-aid derivatives have entered the market promising to shed weight and encouraging healthy lifestyles. A leading brand name on today’s market that makes such claims is Slim-Fast®. The Slim-Fast® Mission Statement “The Slim-Fast® Foods Company is dedicated to the advancement of nutrition for good health” (http://www.slimfast.com/company/company.asp). The company is “committed to the development of wholesome and balanced nutritional products to aid in weight management and improved health” (http://www.slimfast.com/company/company.asp). Slim-Fast® offers a full line of ready-to-drink shakes, powders, Ultra Slim-Fast® Nutritional Snack Bars, Slim-Fast® Breakfast and Lunch Bars, and Slim-Fast® Meal On-the-Go Bars to assist in weight loss, weight maintenance, and the development of healthy eating habits. Some General Terms: What does that mean? Body mass index (BMI) refers to the percentage of body fat; it is the weight of an individual divided by their squared height. A BMI between 24 and 30 is considered overweight for women, a BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight for men, and a BMI greater than 30 is considered obese for both sexes (Kaplan, Sallis, and Patterson, page 397). Exercise is a subset of physical activity that involves ... ... middle of paper ... ...ames F., Patterson, Thomas L. Health and Human Behavior. McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, 1993. McGuire, MT, Wing, RR, Klem, ML, Seagle, HM, and Hill, JO. (1998). Long-term maintenance of weight loss: do people who lose weight through various weight loss methods use different behaviors to maintain their weight? International Journal of Obesity, 572-577. Rippe, James M., Hess, Stacey. (1998). The role of physical activity in the prevention and management of obesity. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, supplement 2, S31-S38. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration. (1996). Losing Weight Safely. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Zachwieja, Jeffrey J. (1996). EXERCISE AS TREATMENT FOR OBESITY. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, 965-986.
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