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More than two-thirds of American adults are trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight, but their strategy for weight control is probably ineffective, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study found that few Americans were combining recommended caloric reduction with a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity per week to lose weight.

The study's results were based on a telephone survey of 107,804 adults. Conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it shows that 64 percent of men and 78 percent of women were either trying to lose weight or to maintain their current weight through diet and exercise.

But the survey found that only about 20 percent of men and women were combining reduction of dietary calories and fat with moderate exercise, in their weight loss plans. Researchers specifically found that fewer people were approaching weight control by combining caloric reduction and exercise. Less than half of all men and women were exercising at recommended levels.

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