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When Will We Learn? “Dieting” is not healthy.

Did you know that adolescents who were once obese are at increased risk of eating disorders?  (See recent Mayo Clinic Study).  On the positive side, they are at a better weight, but crazy methods of losing it set them up for a struggle.

This is no surprise to me.  It gets back to what we already know:  if dieting means extreme measures to create quick weight loss – not a comfortable change of lifestyle – it will be difficult to keep the weight off.  Panic and fear of regaining can hold the disordered patterns in place, leading to often undiagnosed issues in previously obese teens.

Of course, if there is treatment early enough, the outcome can be different.  The trick is to identify an eating disorder in an overweight adolescent – it is not always obvious.

The CDC previously reported that 55% of high school girls and 30% of boys report “disordered eating symptoms” to lose weight, such as diet pills, vomiting, laxatives, fasting and binge-eating.  Wow!  That’s a lot of unhappiness . . . and unhealthiness too.

I’ve never seen an eating disorder that didn’t begin with a conscientious effort to diet.    – Leslie Sim of the eating disorders program at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and lead author of the study.

I could not have said it better.  At any age, crazy dieting with no long-term lifestyle focus makes people unhappy and unhealthy.  I am not against people losing weight to improve their health.  It is the approach that determines whether it is healthy or not.  Subtle difference?  Not really!  It makes a world of difference.

Is Your Diet Plan Just a Waste of Time?

If you are someone who follows the dieting trends, hopping on every fad bandwagon, you are probably just wasting time as you avoid the real work involved in making real changes – that is, if you would like the weight to stay off, and you do, right?  Of course you do!

“What do you mean by ‘real work’,” you ask, “cuz I feel like I AM working really hard!!”  If you are trying to make a drastic change, knowing full well that you cannot continue doing it, can you really expect the changes to last? Continue reading

So . . . IS a calorie a calorie or not?

Let’s take a look at the latest published study regarding the effects of 3 different eating plans on maintenance of weight loss.

Study Details

Twenty one overweight and obese, but otherwise healthy, adults first went through a weight loss phase, all of them losing 10-15% of their initial weight.  This was followed by a 4 week standard maintenance plan, the same for all participants.

The study then had each individual follow three different diets for one month each (in random order), with followup to keep calorie levels appropriate for maintenance.

Researchers found that those on a low carb plan (10% carb, 60% fat, 30% protein) maintained weight  eating more calories than those on a low glycemic index diet (40% carb, 40% fat, 20% protein) or a low fat diet (60% carb, 20% fat, 20% protein).  The difference was statistically significant, with about a 300 calorie difference in total calories burned between the very low carb diet and the low fat diet.  The low glycemic index diet resulted in maintenance metabolism values between the other two.

What does this mean for you? Continue reading