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What We Know (and Don't Know) About How to Lose Weight

The endless array of diets that claim to help you shed pounds tend to fall into two camps: low fat or low carbohydrate. Some companies even claim that genetics can tell us which diet is better for which people.

A rigorous recent study sought to settle the debate, and it had results to disappoint both camps. On the hopeful side, as The New York Times noted, people managed to lose weight no matter which of the two diets they followed.

The study is worth a closer look to see what it did and did not prove.

Researchers at Stanford University took more than 600 people (which is huge for a nutrition study) ages 18 to 50

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