God, this is effing depressing. According to researchers at UCLA, dieting is not an effective treatment for obesity.
‘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’ …They discovered that it would have been better for most [dieters] if they had not gone on a diet at all. ‘Their weight would be pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear from losing weight and gaining it all back…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,’ “
There’s good news for those of you who enjoy the gym, though:
“Exercise may well be the key factor leading to sustained weight loss. Studies consistently find that people who reported the most exercise also had the most weight loss.”
I knew the anti-dieter was onto something. I am off to buy myself an elliptical trainer and some Ding Dongs.
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