Obesity treatment has been boosted by the news that meal replacements could be an effective way of shedding the pounds.
Researchers have shown that consuming shakes and bars instead of meals caused more people to lose weight.
Strictly following the meal-replacement plan and the participant's commitment to the diet was also pivotal to the success of the obesity treatment.
The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the findings are published in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Dr James Anderson, professor emeritus of internal medicine and clinical nutrition at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, commented on the study.
He said: "This study showed a loss of 16.4 per cent of initial body weight in the medically supervised group and a loss of 15.8 per cent of initial body weight in the healthy solutions group, both well above the gold standard the health community considers successful and when health improvements are seen."
In other news, research published online in The FASEB Journal has revealed a link between high-fat diets and short-term memory loss and laziness.