Desperately Seeking a Flab-Fighting Formula

If only there were a magic potion for losing weight. The morning trudge to the bathroom scale would no longer be so disheartening. The obligatory resolution to shed a few pounds would be easier to keep. And the canny scientists and entrepreneurs who developed this antiflab formula would be richer than Ross Perot. Unfortunately, repeated efforts to produce a weight-loss wonder drug have been no more successful than Perot's presidential bid. Dozens of diet pills have come and gone, raking in billions of dollars for pharmaceutical manufacturers. But for long-term effectiveness, the pills might as well have been chocolate-covered bonbons.

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