The Only Diet That Truly Works

Ever since I was a teenager, I would always hear statements about how bad fat was for us. “Too much fat makes us fat and causes heart disease.” The messages were everywhere and the food industry started creating foods to help us get less fat in our diets to be healthy and decrease our risk of disease. The concept was considered an absolute truth like saying the sky is blue. So it should be no surprise why there is a lot of confusion and a lot of frustration as to what to believe. This opens the door to talk about two topics. The first is a new study looking at how low fat diets aren’t effective for long-term weight loss, and the second is to discuss who and what should we believe when it comes to nutrition?

Let’s talk about the first topic. Last week there was a meta-analysis study published online in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology looking at the effect of low-fat diets versus other diet interventions. In short, they concluded that low fat diets are not effective in promoting long-term weight loss in adults (1). I appreciate the need for research to find cause and effect relationships before drawing any conclusions.

However, what I am incredibly frustrated with is this type of research because I personally think it is sending the wrong message. No “diet” works. It doesn’t matter which one it is. None of the bazillion diets out there have yet to prove in any long-term study that it is effective in helping people lose weight and maintain their weight loss for the rest of their life. If there were such a diet, then we wouldn’t have the endless variety of weight loss diets, fads, cleanses, pills, etc. to choose from. It simply would be a non-issue. It would be a staple in our culture, and we would all be practicing it. Instead, we are left to sort through the many diet options out there that speak to us on an emotional level trying to convince us their product or approach is the cure. And maybe in the short-term it is, but the sad reality is that it never lasts long-term. Before we even realize it, we have tried several options… all with the same results.

So to me, I think researchers should stop wasting money doing research we already know the answer to – that diets don’t work. The only diet that works is one that we can commit to following for the rest of our life. There is nothing earth shattering about it. It has been around for a very long time: eat balanced, eat whole foods, enjoy treats in moderation and be active! This has been the road less travelled, but as an early settler traveling this road, I am excited to see more and more people joining the same journey! Just like everything else in life, our health doesn’t come for free. It’s up to us to maintain it along our journey.

 

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References:

(1) Tobias, D.K., Chen, M., Manson, J.E, Willett, W., & Hu, F.B. 1. Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. (2015). The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00367-8

November 12, 2015
Revive Wellness