With so many people trying to lose weight and being unsuccessful with fad diets it is no surprise that in the latest study, fad diets don't work. Eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising helps overweight Americans lose more weight than those who turn to diet fads and pills.
Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical Center analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the CDC. The data came from more than 4,000 individuals aged 20 years and older.
The study found that the people who were most successful in losing weight exercised more and ate less fat than those who did not. Those who joined weight-loss programs appeared to have the most success.
On the other hand, those who reported going on liquid diets, weight loss pills and eating diet foods and products did not see a successful weight loss.
Weight loss exercise programs give people accountability because it is something they have invested in themselves. While the fads and supplements and low-fat foods have created a large market for themselves, the authors of the study said it’s encouraging that the most successful ways of losing weight are accessible and affordable.
“This study, though observational in design, supports weight loss through proper eating and activity — a fact that is often challenged in today’s quick-fix world,” said Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis.
Diet and exercise are reflecting a commitment to weight loss and changed lifestyle. Without a commitment, there will be no success. With commitment to gradual changes, you keep your eye on the bigger picture and are able to accept that quick fixes are never the answer. With commitment, not only do you lose weight, you keep the weight off.
Habits are shared and passed along as well. Liquid diets and weight loss pills are not shared with your family, but healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle will be.
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