Dieting, No Good?

Did you know Dr. Fuhrman thinks most “diets” are a bunch of malarkey? No, I’m serious. He thinks a major problem in this country is the mudslide of gimmicky diets looking to con our unsuspecting and desperately-seeking-thin society. He talks about this in Eat to Live:
Americans have been bombarded with a battery of gimmicky diets that promise to combat obesity. Almost all diets are ineffective. They don’t work, because no matter how much weight you lose when you are on a diet, you put it right back on when you go off. Measuring portions and trying to eat fewer calories, typically called “dieting,” almost never results in permanent weight loss and actually worsens the problem over time. Such “dieting” temporarily slows down your metabolic rate, so often more weight comes back than you lost. You wind up heavier than you were before you started dieting.
Okay, this makes sense to me. It’s all about sustainability—not just the short term! That’s why Dr. Fuhrman’s approach to nutrition and maintaining a healthy body weight is not just a diet, but rather, a lifestyle change. More from Eat to Live:
The Eat to Live diet does not require any deprivation. In fact, you do not have to give up any foods completely. However, as you consume larger and larger portions of health-supporting, high-nutrient foods, your appetite for low-nutrient foods decreases and you gradually lose your addiction to them. You will be able to make a complete commitment to this diet for the rest of your life.
And it seems this kind of thinking is catching on. Maybe dieting really isn’t the answer. ParentDish relays new research claiming dieting doesn’t work. Check it out:
Here's the news you may have been waiting for -- dieting isn't good for you. I know I'm going to print a copy of this article for my doctor. Scientists at the University of California have completed the most thorough and comprehensive analysis of the available data ever and found this simple, and perhaps obvious, fact: dieting doesn't work.


In fact, they found that dieters actually end up heavier than when they started, more often than not. More than two-thirds put the weight right back on, raising the danger of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. "You can initially lose 5 to 10 per cent of your weight on any number of diets," notes researcher Dr. Traci Mann. "But after this honeymoon period, the weight comes back. We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority."
But sadly, as long as people are obsessed about their weight, they’ll be plenty of gimmicky garbage diets out there. After all, there’s a lot of money in junk. And if you’re curious, take a look at DiseaseProof’s Diet Myths category. In it you’ll find Dr. Fuhrman taking many fad diets to task, like Atkins and weighing your portions.
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