Hey, guess what? Diets don’t work. Researchers who recently completed the biggest ever study of diets and dieting have concluded that you’re better off not bothering. From Independent:
“Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”
Researchers analysed 31 long-term studies that followed participants for two to five years.
“We concluded most of them would have been better off not going on the diet at all. Their weight would have been pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear of losing weight and gaining it all back.”
[UCLA associate professor of psychology Traci Mann] added: “My mother has been on diets and says what we are saying is obvious.”
So what does work? Exercise. But you already knew that, didn’t you? —MEGHANN MARCO