even people who receive formal counseling for weight-loss, still get fat again. Nicholas Bakalar has more:News flash—MOST DIETS FAIL! And—YOU EVENTUALLY PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON! The New York Times reports that
While it is known that such programs work only temporarily, the effect has been hard to quantify. The researchers used statistical techniques to combine data from 46 randomized controlled trials of counseling programs involving 6,386 overweight people who participated in programs and 5,467 who received the usual care. The study was published July 3 in The Annals of Internal Medicine.
Counseling-based weight-loss programs — those led by dietitians, nurses or doctors — produced an average weight loss of 6 percent of initial body weight, or about 11 pounds, at the end of one year. By the end of three years, participants had regained about half of that weight, and at the end of five years they had typically regained all of it.