I have been fat for as long as I can remember. Diet after diet, tried and failed. That would be the story of my edible life spelled out in detail. But, it seems I am not alone. A new study confirms, cutting calories and dieting is a “temporary fix.”
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles decided after years and years of people reporting the “yo-yo” diet effect they would find out why. They undertook a study of 31 weight-loss plans and found, simply, that dieting does not work.
For most of the weight loss plans and studies, the real problem did not lie with the weight loss phase of the plan but with the maintenance phase. People who participated in all of the plans reported having lost weight. Some even managed to reach their weight loss goals. But, they were unable to keep the weight off while continuing to follow the plan.
Roberta Perry, a 39-year-old “yo-yo” dieter, understands the problem facing these people all too well. After trying every weight loss option from pill to hypnosis, Perry decided to lose weight the only way she knew would work. “As much as I would like to have a magic bullet, I knew the only way to lose weight was eat less and exercise more,” Perry said. On this new “plan” she has managed to lose more than 50 lbs. in the last two years and keep it off.
The findings released by the researchers in nothing new. Leading specialist and weight loss experts have been preaching for years that lifestyle changes are the only real way to lose weight. “If dieting worked there would be a bunch of skinny people walking around,” said obesity researcher Dr. David Katz of Yale University.
According to the National Weight Loss Registry, which tracks the efforts of more than 5,000 people, offers advice on the “Right Formula” for weight loss:
* Eat Breakfast Every day
* Eat a Moderately Low-Fat, High-Carbohydrate Diet
* Keep Track of your Progress and Meals with Journals and Food Planners
* Use Weigh-in’s to Keep Honest and Motivated
* Exercise 60-90 Minutes per Day
Researchers want people to be sure to understand “we’re not saying don’t make some king of effort,” according to Traci Mann, a psychologist at UCLA.
Even though I was looking for some kind of “reason” or “redemption” for my own weight-loss failures, which is not what I found. I did find, however, knowledge. The knowledge that by eating right and exercising the weight will come off!