From this article, Oprah’s Investment in Weight Watchers Was Smart Because the Program Doesn’t Work, a quote:
“My lab reviewed 60 years of clinical trials of diets, and we found that people lose an average of 10 percent of their starting weight on most diets but within two to five years have gained back all but about two pounds. So, in reality, despite the short-term effectiveness of certain diet regimes, the most common outcome of dieting itself, by a landslide, is either weight regain or trivial weight loss".
A diet is not a permanent fix. Three life style changes that are sustainable:
- Make modest permanent changes in eating habits. For me that was no alcohol, no soda, and minimal grains and sweets.
- Strength train for the highest marginal return – don’t waste time exercising. A full body HIT workout once a week to deep fatigue with no rest between exercises takes about 25 minutes. A stronger body will have a higher metabolism and more energy. Mitochondria, found in most cells, is where respiration and energy production takes place. Six months of strength training partially reverses mitochondria impairments to a level consistent with a younger stage in life. It is like having a fountain of youth.
- Do an activity you enjoy. Because of one and two you’ll be able to do activities longer with less chance of injury and more enjoyment.