Weight Loss African American*A new study suggests African American women with diet and exercise regimen similar to their Caucasian counterparts tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories.

Dr. Ann Smith Barnes, who studies obesity at Baylor College of Medicine, confirmed this via an email to Reuters Health; noting that “Many large and well done studies have demonstrated [this].” She is also the medical director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention for the Harris Health System of Houston.

She was not involved in the new study.

There seems to be no clear-cut reason for this difference; though scientists suggest it is because black women are less likely to adhere to weight loss programs; while they say another possible explanation is that their bodies need fewer calories.

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