Ready-to-eat cereal products as meal replacements for weight loss

J. S.Vander Wal, Michael I. McBurney, Susan Cho, Nikhil V. Dhurandhar

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Abstract

Objective: To test the effectiveness of three commercially available partial meal replacement products on weight-loss outcomes. Methods: In a randomized controlled clinical trial, 164 eligible overweight and obese adults (ages 18-65 years; body mass index ≥25 kg/m2) were randomly assigned to a Control group (CN) or to one of three intervention groups, including 'Cereal Substitution plus Nutrient Bar' (CB), 'Cereal and Waffle Substitution plus Nutrient Bar' (CWB), and 'Cereal Substitution, no Nutrient Bar' (CR). Results: Compared with the CN group, the CB, CWB, and CR groups evidenced significantly greater reductions in weight, body mass index, waist, hip, and thigh measurements, and the CB and CR groups evidenced significantly greater reductions in percentage body fat. Despite strong adherence (88%) and retention (80%), the groups did not differ in cardiovascular risk profile, mood, or satiety. Conclusions: A variety of ready-to-eat cereal products may be safely and effectively used as meal replacements in weight-loss programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-340
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Volume58
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Obesity
  • Ready-to-eat cereal
  • Weight management

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