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Meal replacements or food: which one is better for weight loss?

Meal replacements held a slight but statistically significant advantage over low-calorie diets for weight loss, but the results weren’t different compared to very-low-calorie diets. Replacing more food-based meals tended to yield better weight loss outcomes.

Study under review: The Effect of Meal Replacement on Weight Loss According to Calorie-Restriction Type and Proportion of Energy Intake: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

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Is a diet using meal replacements more effective for weight loss in comparison with food-based calorie-restricted diets? If so, which factors determine the success of this strategy?

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