Which Diet is Best? Doesn’t Really Matter, Say Scientists
Atkins, Dukan, Paleo, South Beach, or Zone? They can all work, as long as you stick with them. Many studies have been conducted to try to determine which diet is best for losing weight. Overall, the results of these studies have been inconsistent, say the authors of a paper recently published in JAMA, a leading medical journal. It doesn’t really matter, though, because the differences in amount of weight lost with the different diets is relatively small (usually a couple of pounds). The only consistent result of the diet studies is that the best predictor of weight loss and improved health was adherence, or how well dieters stuck to their diet plans. So enough of the endless “diet debates,” which serve mainly to reinforce the multibillion dollar fad diet industry, say the authors of the JAMA paper. What is most needed is a greater understanding of ways to make permanent changes in eating and exercise habits. And that is what this blog is about.
Weight Loss Tip: Instead of looking for the perfect diet, focus on making real, lasting changes in your food and fitness habits.