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Topics: Nutrition, Obesity, Weight loss Pages: 3 (1136 words) Published: February 14, 2013
Do Diets Really Work

When it comes to dieting there are so many different types to try: low carb, Atkins, cutting calories, gluten free, and the list go on. All are targeted toward helping people lose weight. But do they? Many people believe that dieting can actually make you gain weight. Determining if dieting helps lose weight is the goal of this paper and not to determine what method works best.

Ask people around you if they are concerned about dieting or if it works and you will most likely get mixed replies. Most people believe that if you diet you will lose weight, only if it’s done right and you follow the rules of the program. Any slips can possible change the outcome but if you stay good you should see great results, right? Wrong, according to UCLA associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study, Traci Mann “You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back”(MNT, 2007) This research was conducted by reviewing 31 long-term studies lasting between 2 to 5 years. It doesn’t stop there, the professor concluded that “it would have been better for most of them if they had not gone on a diet at all because their weight would be pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear from losing weight and gaining it all back” ( MNT, 2007) One thing is for certain that it’s harder to find success stories then horror stories requiring dieting.

There has to be a reason why diets don’t work because if you continue to eat less and focus on your goal and not over eat the weight should stay off. One reason can be caused by the temporary food plan, it won’t work in the long run. Moreover, the deprivation of restrictive diets may lead to a diet-overeat or diet-binge cycle. And since your body doesn’t want you to starve it responds to overly-restrictive diets by slowing your metabolism, which of course makes it harder to lose weight. Overly restrictive diets can take all...
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