Could trying to lose weight in fact lead to weight gain in the long-run?
Research cited by the Daily Mail seems to end to the possibility that, in general, diets don’t work long term.
A study by Joseph Proietto, a professor of medicine at the University of Melbourne, took 50 overweight men & 50 overweight women & put them on a 550 calorie diet for eight weeks. Then, over the after that year, participants were given counseling to encourage healthy eating habits.
Though participants typically lost weight more the eight week diet, most regained a substantial amount of it over the next year & many reported feeling hungrier & more food obsessed than before the diet.
That’s because, according to the study, the participants’ brains liberated hormones making them feel like they were starving. Their metabolisms also slowed & more of the food they ate was stored as fat.
PhysOrg Site reported on similar research in 2007.
In that study, Traci Mann, UCLA allies professor of psychology lead a team of researchers that looked at 31 long-term diet studies & reached the conclusion that diets can actually make people gain weight.
“You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight backwards,” Mann said, according to PhysOrg. “We found that the few of group regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight losses was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was establish in the many. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”
But there is still hope for those looking to permanently shed pounds. It just takes extra than a diet.
HULIQ spoke to trainer Julie Margery-Allingham who said permanent weight loss requires a lifestyle change.
“Diets often fail because they typically address only one part of the equation, food,” she told HULIQ. “Other vital factors to successful weight loss & maintenance of ideal weight comprise addressing the following: practice, stress management, sleep cycles, hydration, & nutrient density.”