Dieting Doesn't Work
Dieting doesn't work, at least according to a psychologist at UCLA. According to the study, people lose weight during the diet, but then most eventually gain it back over the next five years. This isn't very surprising to me; it seems quite likely that people would lose the weight and then as people age they tend to add a pound here, a pound there over the years. What's to prevent them from going on another diet after they've gained the weight?
I especially found it odd that the study said the "wear and tear" of losing and gaining weight is harmful. It doesn't go into any detail about that, nor does it quote a single MD in the entire study. Maybe the psychologist was talking about the mental wear and tear? There is some vague reference to increased cardiovascular risk...but I would venture being fit for five years is better than not being fit for five years. Sure, if you're dropping 20 lbs a month and then gaining them back you're going to be in trouble. Not everyone who diets keeps off the weight, and of course people who are more overweight to begin with are going to be on a diet -- skinny people wouldn't need to. Hopefully no one impressionable reads this article and then decides to not diet. There are plenty of healthy diets out there, it's just a matter of finding the right one.