A recently released Harvard study shows the diet itself isn’t the issue — but we knew that.
The study, DIETFITS, studied 609 heavy but healthy people for a year. They assigned them to low-carb or low-fat, but their purpose was not to pit one plan against the other. It was designed to find which nutritional plan was best for which individuals for weight loss. Both were high in nutritional quality, used plenty of vegetables, minimized sugars and refined grains, and asked to get 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week. They also gave them access to education and counseling. You know, like a real diet that helps you make lifestyle changes rather than simply creating another loop in the Diet Yo-Yo.
What they found, in the end, is that both groups lost similar amounts of weight, and their physical differences didn’t affect their progress. It’s NOT the diet.
If you want to lose weight fast, make the lifestyle changes so you can lose once and be free. Deal with whatever baggage/issues around food trip you up. Change the habits getting in the way of your plan. Find a comfort mechanism that does not involve food. If you’re not eating to soothe yourself, you save sooooo many calories, and thus, your progress is continuous.
What diet is best? Whatever diet works for you to help you lose and stay satisfied. Use that plan as training. Learn from it. What foods keep you satisfied? What makes you feel good? What foods kick off your cravings? Find what works for you, and when you get to your goal, use what you’ve learned to maintain rather than abandoning all the good habits and returning to the way you ate before.
As always, if you need a little support to establish good habits, don’t hesitate to contact me. We truly can get you where you want to be.