A variety of diets can be successfully used for weight loss, according to a USA Today article on the new obesity treatment guidelines released Tuesday. The goal should be to burn more calories than consumed, regardless of whether that’s achieved through a diet low in fat or low in carbohydrates.
The guidelines, prepared by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society, urge doctors to fight obesity aggressively, according to USA Today. The recommendations suggest a weight loss goal of 5 to 10 percent for obese patients, using both diet and exercise. Interestingly, USA Today reports that the guidelines also suggest bariatric surgery maybe be beneficial for adults with a BMI of 40 or higher.