Which weight loss program is best?

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Question from Senso: What's better for breast cancer survivors—Weight Watchers, South Beach, or LA Weight Loss? Are any of them more helpful than others? Thanks.
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. From my perspective as a nutrition professional, the best ones are the ones that work for you, and every woman can be different. In terms of research that's been done, the Weight Watchers program has been evaluated in breast cancer survivors. It was a small study, but it did show that women could lose weight. The other programs may be beneficial for someone as well. I think the key issue is any diet program has to also include physical activity and long-term lifelong healthy eating and activity patterns. You can't do it for six weeks and go, "Okay, I'm done."

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answering your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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