LOS ANGELES, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past several decades, the United States has seen dramatic increases in the incidence of obesity. But the epidemic is not confined to this country; similar increases are being seen worldwide as other countries adopt Western high-calorie foods and a sedentary lifestyle.
Recent data from the National Statistics Office in Korea, for example, indicate that nearly a third of Koreans - about 10 million people - are overweight, with numbers increasing by about 400,000 annually.
Researchers at the Seoul
The study, published in the February issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, followed 75 obese men and women with the metabolic syndrome - a cluster of factors including high blood pressure, a large waist measurement, elevated blood sugar and triglycerides, and low blood levels of "good" HDL cholesterol - for a period of 12 weeks.
All subjects replaced two meals a day with liquid meal replacements (Herbalife Formula 1, Korean formula) but were randomly assigned to consume a diet of either a standard amount of protein - about 15 percent of total calories - or double the amount of protein from a higher protein plan.
At the end of 12 weeks, both groups lost weight and both groups lost weight in the belly area. But, in the subjects who followed the diet most strictly, the people in the high protein group lost more body fat (and less lean body mass) than the people consuming the standard amount of protein.
"These findings indicate that meal replacements are a very valuable strategy for losing weight and body fat," said Belong Cho, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Family Medic
|SOURCE Herbalife Ltd.|
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