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[Correspondence] Weighing up dietary patterns – Authors’ reply

The two letters in response to our Review1 pose two different, but related, questions: should we recommend weight-loss diets and is one diet better than another? We think that two dietary patterns—the Mediterranean-style diet2 and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan3—are valuable for most of the population in either normal-calorie or low-calorie versions. Florian Stigler and colleagues suggest that we should stop recommending weight loss, but we would argue that weight loss can be very beneficial for individuals who are at risk for diabetes,4 and those with hypertension,5 sleep aponea,6 or osteoarthritis.