By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) - Looking Fat Cutter Remedy for weight loss programs online might not work very well for people who want a bricks-and-mortar place to go for support shedding excess pounds, a small U.S. study suggests.

Fewer than one in 10 websites gave enough information to suggest the programs they promoted followed widely accepted medical guidelines for weight loss by including things like regular in-person meetings, daily food and activity tracking, calorie reduction and increased exercise, the study found.

Some options looked better once researchers picked up the phone to get more information. Among the subset of programs that agreed to phone interviews, researchers rated 19 percent as high quality based on their meeting guidelines for weight loss, up from just 6 percent when the businesses were evaluated only based on their websites.

"Weight-loss programs that follow the expert guidelines exist, however, they are few and far between," said senior study author Dr. Kimberly Gudzune of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

"To identify these programs, patients will need to be proactive and call to verify that the components offered meet the recommendations before signing up," Gudzune added by email.
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