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What are the health benefits of prepared meal diet plans?

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine compared prepared-meal plans like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem to traditional diets. Of the 302 overweight patients participating in the randomized study, many were suffering from hypertension, dyslipidemia (too much fat in their blood), and/or type 2 diabetes. The doctors found that people on both diets lost weight and improved their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but the group that used prepared meals "showed greater improvement in quality of life … and compliance." In other words, it can be easier to stick to a healthy eating plan if someone else is making the choices for you.

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