About Antidiet

About Diets

So if this is the AntiDiet, let’s talk about Diets.

Diets Work…It’s true, all of them do. Pick any given diet book off the shelf at the book store and I guarantee if you follow it to the letter you will lose weight. I don’t care whether it is low-carb, no-carb, fasting, food combining, counting calories, low-fat, a meal replacement plan or a detox, it will probably work. You will probably lose weight. The problem is that you will put it back on again.

That’s right, the one thing the girl in the red swimsuit doesn’t tell you is that if you start a diet today, the only outcome you can pretty much guarantee is that you will at some point be fatter than you are right now. In fact, the single biggest predictor of future weight gain is being on a diet. And the diet industry RELIES ON THIS and makes billions every year from people who keep losing and re-gaining weight and coming back for more. Think about it. If diets worked for good, the diet industry wouldn’t exist.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s some real science on how pointless diets are:

  • The US National Institute of Health has conducted the largest scientific review of commercial weight loss trials ever undertaken. The study reviewed over 100 diets and has found that on average, the amount of weight lost over 2 to 5 years was under 1 kilogram. Furthermore, one to two thirds of the dieters regained more than they lost within 5 years. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/amp/62/3/220/ http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/0003-066X.62.3.220

  • Another review of long term trials of high protein vs. low fat diets (15 studies in total) found difference in effects long term. The conclusions states that ‘high-protein diets exerted neither specific beneficial nor detrimental effects on outcome markers of obesity, cardiovascular disease or glycemic control. Thus, it seems premature to recommend high-protein diets in the management of overweight and obesity.’ http://www.nutritionj.com/content/12/1/48.

  • A systematic review of high-protein vs. conventional calorie restriction saw tiny short-term differences in weight loss over the diet period, with the high-protein diet slightly ahead, no long term differences in weight lost between the two approaches. http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/nh/v26n6/10_revision_07.pdf.

  • A report in the Review of Cardiovascular Medicine reports that in general food diets have a 50% drop-out rate and lead to very modest weight loss (approximately 5%) at one year and that number continues to decrease over time.  They stress that approaches that address the psychological factors of eating are the ‘New Vista’ for treatment of obesity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23651984.