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February 25, 1956

How to Reduce Surely and Safely

JAMA. 1956;160(8):725. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430115034

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This book is refreshingly free of fads and dramatic fancies. Overweight is one of the commonest physical abnormalities found in the general population. Obesity shortens life, affects health, and impairs prognosis in disease. It is good, therefore, to see a book based on the truth that fat comes only from food and that those who wish to rid themselves of accumulated body fat must eat less than is needed to meet their caloric requirements. The authors outline principles of protective nutrition that insure safe and sound gradual reduction instead of radical reduction, with the establishment of long-term good food habits. The diet they prescribe is based on the total calories each person requires in his daily activities minus 1,000 calories. This type of diet results in the removal of one or two pounds a week and is based on a sound principle assuring practical and safe weight reduction geared to

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