JUST DOING IT
Alright, so the secret to losing weight consistently was finally revealed today, and it's a surprise. Ready? Here's the LA Times teeing it up:
"Two decades after the debate began on which diet is best for weight
loss, a conclusion is starting to come into focus. And the winner is .
. . not low-carb, not low-fat, not high protein but . . . any diet.
That is, any diet that is low in calories and saturated fats and high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables -- and that an individual can stick with for a lifetime -- is a reasonable choice for people who need to lose weight. That's the conclusion of a study published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, research that represents the longest, largest and most rigorous test of several popular diet strategies."
OK, so maybe not too much of a surprise, but at least it tries to settle it once and for all. And reveals a couple more tidbits to boot:
"The study refutes the notion that any one nutrient has a special power
to accelerate weight loss, said Dr. Frank M. Sacks, lead author of the
study and a professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at Harvard.
"We used to think there could be a biological effect of certain diets.
That is probably not true."
There may be a strong behavioral effect in the success of a diet, however. The people who attended two-thirds or more of the counseling sessions over the two years lost an average of 22 pounds, compared with the average loss of 9 pounds.
The study was highly anticipated because previous research on diets over the last two decades has come to dramatically different conclusions."
As someone who has lost and gained weight so many times over time can attest to, the piece lays out what it takes in a common sense way. Having worked down this familiar path once again over the last few months, and lost a third of my previous body weight, there's only one other thing I'd add to the article: don't forget to exercise, even modestly, at least three times a week. There are no secrets here, just changing one's habits, staying positive and being consistent.