Clinically proven weight loss
Endocrinologist Dr. Sue Pederson's paper (Pederson S et al, Arch Intern Med 2007;167:1277-1283) finds that people with diabetes using The Diet Plate lost as much weight as they would on medication, without the side effects.
Dr. Sue Pederson
"The weight loss we saw is similar to studies using weight loss medication, but without the potential side effects or the expense."
The optimal management of type 2 diabetes involves lifestyle changes including dietary modification, increased activity levels and weight management.
However, empowering people to achieve a sustainable hypocaloric and nutritionally balanced diet can be difficult and time consuming.
Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, this randomized controlled trial of The Diet Plate in obese people with type 2 diabetes investigated the efficacy of a portion control plate to induce weight loss and improve diabetes management.
Dr. Ian Campbell
"The Diet Plate puts control back in the hands of the individual and makes it much easier for everyone who wants to lose weight."
130 obese people with type 2 diabetes, 55 of which were being treated with insulin, were randomized to either daily use of The Diet Plate or to usual dietary advice.
The study showed that:
17% of patients on The Diet Plate experienced clinically significant weight loss compared to only 4.6% of people in the control group.
After 6 months people using The Diet Plate lost significantly more weight than the control group (1.75% vs 0.05%, absolute values 2.1kg vs 0.1kg).
The clinically significant weight loss seen in the study is comparable to weight loss seen in studies of weight loss medications.
26% of the patients using The Diet Plate experienced a decrease in diabetes medication requirements, compared to 11% of the control group. Conversely 34% of the control group required in increase in diabetes medications at 6 months, compared to only 14% of the group using The Diet Plate.
The Diet Plate users on insulin reduced their dosage by 8 units per day on average. The control group had to increase their insulin by 7 units.
Clinically significant weight loss was observed regardless of age, gender, education, baseline weight or medication use.
No adverse effects were seen, other than mostly mild drops in blood sugar that were resolved by decreasing diabetes medication.
The success of The Diet Plate in this population lends great optimism towards the likelihood of success in non-diabetic overweight and obese individuals.