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To the Editor:
—The obese patient who "cannot reduce" presents a common and difficult problem. One of my patients who was "never able to lose a pound" has helped devise and test a 1,100 calorie reducing diet that offers a new therapeutic approach to the problem of obesity. The unique feature of this diet is that it is not another list of foods; rather, it consists of 14 packages each containing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for one person. The total caloric content of each day's package is 1,100 calories. Each meal is different, and the lunch is wrapped so it can be easily and inconspicuously carried by the person who eats out. All the foods are cooked and require only heating or chilling. The diet packages may be stored at room temperature.The packaged diet is of greatest value to the patient who has found it "impossible to lose weight"
Shattuck Baer L. PACKAGED REDUCING DIET. JAMA. 1954;155(11):1006. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690290056025