ERNST J. DRENICK, M.D.
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To the Editor: On the basis of a study ("Changes in Body Composition During the Weight Reduction in Obesity," F. L. Benoit, R. L. Martin, and R. H. Watten, ANNALS, October, 1965), comparing a 1,000-cal ketogenic diet with starvation, the authors conclude that the weight loss in fasting reflects predominantly lean tissue wasting. While we have no wish to argue the merits of treating obesity with ketogenic diets, we would like to point out that their reasons for rejecting starvation are based on misinterpretation of their data.
The authors chose to use 40K as a measure of lean tissue mass
ERNST J. DRENICK. OBESITY: WEIGHT REDUCTION AND BODY COMPOSITION. Ann Intern Med. 1966;64:1148–1150. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-64-5-1148
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(5):1148-1150.
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