Every diet – from Atkins to Weight Watchers – has similar results says a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study, which analysed data from 48 separate trials, suggests people should simply pick the one they find easiest. But I think it misses the point…
Diets Don’t Work
Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario and the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto analysed data from 7,286 overweight dieters and range of diets including, Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Biggest Loser, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Volumetrics, Weight Watchers, Ornish and Rosemary Conley.
The study showed that after 12 months, people on low carbohydrate and low fat diets both lost an average of 7.3kg (16lb). The report said: “The differences [between diets] were small and unlikely to be important to those seeking weight loss.”
However, the study did not look at wider health issues, such as levels of cholesterol, which may vary according to diet and it did look at the this BIG question…
Will you lose weight and keep it off if you diet?
Personally I only started to achieve sustainable weight loss when I STOPPED dieting.
I am a firm believer that restrictive diets are not the answer to the obesity epidemic and I anot alone in my thinking.
Traci Mann, UCLA associate professor of psychology says:
“You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back. We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”
“Diets are not effective in treating obesity”
“Diets are not effective in treating obesity,” said Professor Mann. “The benefits of dieting are too small and the potential harm is too large for dieting to be recommended as a safe, effective treatment for obesity.”
So What Is The Answer?
From my experience I have to say embracing a lifestyle that includes getting back to nature and consuming lots of plant based foods. I’m not saying you need to quit all processed foods, meat and dairy, but focusing on consuming a high levels of plants feeds our cells the nutrients they crave.
Juicing is a great tool for increasing your intake of plant-based nutrients and something that has been a major catalyst in my own transformation and the many success stories shared on this site, but you don’t have to do a juice fast / juice detox / reboot to get results. Even simply adding one or two freshly extracted vegetable juices per day can start to give great health benefits.
If we focus on health, weight loss is often a side effect.
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