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Diets dont work..DUH! quick link January 24, 2010


A new metastudy by UCLA (is THAT a big enough name for you to pay attention to media?  or are you  going to ignore it as usual?)  For one i dont have to be snarky and i will use their own words, but the highlighted emphasis is mine.

Here’s a story that can hardly be called news, but it bears repeating.  Diets do not work.  This latest revelation’s according to a report in the April issue of the journal American Psychologist.  Researchers at UCLA did a meta analysis, a study of 31 other long-term studies. Here’s a story that can hardly be called news, but it bears repeating.  Diets do not work.  This latest revelation’s according to a report in the April issue of the journal American Psychologist.  Researchers at UCLA did a meta analysis, a study of 31 other long-term studies.  They think this research included every study that followed people on diets for two to five years.   And they found that the majority of people regain all weight lost and then some.  And that they would have been better off in the long run simply maintaining their heavier weight rather than stress the body by losing it and gaining it back. 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=BE73BA72-E7F2-99DF-325F60B2E1AB3C7F

 

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11 Responses to “Diets dont work..DUH! quick link”

  1. living400lbs Says:

    Oh, and I LOVE how the Smithsonian says “Oh but moderately eating less food, which is somehow not a diet, does work.” Gad. Did they even READ the study?

    • meerkat Says:

      I know! I clicked through and it was all “Diets don’t work. So what does? Eating less food!” Oh, that makes things clear! *HEADDESK*

      • Kel Says:

        Well, the study did define dieting as a severe restriction of caloric intake.

        and just what do you think calorie in calorie out means? -mngment

    • Miriam Heddy Says:

      I had the same response to that quote. It’s always nice when they end an article like this by essentially calling all fat people “stupid” for eating too much (even as they admit that “diets”) don’t work.

  2. Fantine Says:

    Sure, diets don’t work, but calories-in-calories-out, that totally works! Eat less and move more! It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet! (/sarcasm)

  3. Ashley Says:

    They don’t work for a lot of people, but I know of plenty individuals that have went on diets and kept it off permanently. There are a number of diets out there. Some work for some people, that may not for others, etc.

    Agreed, but they dont work in the long term for over 90%…..mngment.

  4. living400lbs Says:

    FYI – this study is from April 2007. 🙂

    • erylin Says:

      after i read the article i realized that myself….but the “headline” i pulled this from was less than 24 hours old (i scan the yahoo weight loss news feed every 8 hours or so and save the ones that set off my bs meter.)

  5. Wow. You actually found a meta study I can approve of. Keen.


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