What Do Prepackaged Foods Mean for Weight loss?

Prepackaged foods may result in increased weight loss

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Anyssa Garza, PharmD

(RxWiki News) Portioned and prepackaged entrees may promote greater weight and fat loss, according to a new study.

This study was conducted by researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. These researchers found that those who were given portioned, prepackaged entrees,when combined with behavioral weight loss intervention, saw greater weight loss at 12 weeks.

These individuals saw greater results than those individuals who selected their meals on their own.

Lead study author Dr. Cheryl Rock and team evaluated 183 individuals and divided them into three groups. One group was given prepackaged entrees, one group was given only prepackaged entrees with more than 25 percent energy from protein and the third group was able to self-select its meals.

All 183 individuals met with a dietitian. They discussed weight loss goals, received guidance and learned behavioral strategies (exercise, weight monitoring and food intake).

In addition to a greater weight loss, for the most part, those who were given portioned, prepackaged entrees saw lower numbers in their total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and blood pressure.

If you are looking to lose weight, speak with your doctor or a dietitian. They can help determine the best and safest weight loss program for you.

The study was supported by Nestle. Several members of the research team disclosed ties with Jenny Craig, Inc., and Nestle, Inc.

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Review Date: 
May 25, 2016
Last Updated:
May 27, 2016