Fad Diets Fail. So Just Eat Less.

Guess what! Fad diets don’t cut it. A new study in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine showed gimmick diets, such as high-protein, low-carb and low-fat, aren’t as good as simply cutting calories. The participants, 811 overweight adults, were randomly assigned a diet and each person was encouraged to cut calories, exercise 90 minutes a week, keep a food diary and meet with a nutrition counselor. At the end of the study, no diet came out ahead, people lost an average of 13 pounds over six months, but all groups gained back their weight after a year; the Associated Press reports.

Quick, let’s break it down. Low-carb is bad, too much cancer and heart disease-promoting saturated fat. Plus, a recent study showed low-carb diets make you dopey. High-protein is equally stupid. According to Dr. Fuhrman these fat or meat-centered diets are unquestionably associated with obesity, not weight-loss. And the low-fat diet, as most Americans know it, is what made us all fat in the first place.

Here’s a better choice—coincidently, it jives with the new study—Dr. Fuhrman’s nutrient-dense diet, i.e. lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans, makes it easy to maintain a healthy bodyweight, specifically green veggies. Green vegetables are packed with fiber and low in calories, meaning you can eat lots of them, fill your stomach quickly and still lose weight. How’s that for a sale pitch!

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Optimum Health - February 27, 2009 2:56 PM

So true! Anytime you cut out an entire food group- like the low carb diets- you do yourself a disservice. Our bodies need EVERY food group in moderation. Including sweets. Fad diets dont work because they are not a lifestyle change. Snacking on vegetables and fruit is a great way to up your daily intake. Great post!

Sara - February 28, 2009 5:41 PM

Eat less is not the same as eat less calories. Eating a small amount of food that is not particularly healthy is not so good. Eat lots of nutrient dense food. It may even be less calories than a much smaller quantity of junk food. In any case nutrient dense food protects against disease as well as promoting weight loss.

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