Diets Don't Work
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
In 2017 the success rate of 141 different commercial and proprietary weight-loss programs, including calorie-counting programs, was analyzed. The study results indicated that 57% of total individuals lost less than 5% of their initial body weight. It was concluded that “many consumers find dietary changes required by these programs unsustainable.”. The leader researcher went on to say "Lots of people know that diets often don't work in the long-term, I'm saying that they often don't work in the short-term either."
A 2003 study assessed the relationship between dieting and weight change among children and adolescents. It looked at just under 15,000 boys and girls over the course of 3 years. It concluded: “Although medically supervised weight control may be beneficial for overweight youths, our data suggests that for many adolescents, dieting to control weight is not only ineffective, it may actually promote weight gain.”
Finally, a study published in 2000 analyzed the weight-reducing efforts of 692 adolescent girls over the course of 4 years. The conclusion: “Incidental exercise, appetite suppressant or laxative use, vomiting, and binge eating predicted relative weight gain in adolescent girls. Dietary restraint, self-labeled dieting, and exercise for weight control predicted onset of obesity."
Diets don't work. If you've been dieting your entire life and still haven't been able to establish a healthy relationship with food you may already know this. However, even though diets don't seem to serve us well, for some reason, we keep on following them. They seem different on the outside: keto, low carb, south beach, the soup diet, etc. However, the approach is usually the same, restriction and disconnection. No wonder their success rate is so low. It is not your fault, you are not weak or out of control. The reality is that it hasn't been that long since health professionals have started to realize that our usual approach to weight loss may be causing us more harm than good. There must be a better way right!?
I am happy to say that there is! There are actually three concepts which I use in my practice to assist people in finding their own way into a healthy relationship with food: Intuitive Eating, Nutrient Dense foods and Mind and Body Connection.
I have used the approaches above to heal my own relationship with food and to break free from diet culture. I am confident that I can help you as well.