“Obesity: ‘Slim chance’ of return to normal weight”


A new British study shows that very few overweight people manage to lose even 5% of their body weight. Even more discouraging, most of these few successful people put the weight back on within five years.

The findings suggest that current weight-loss strategies fail miserably for the majority of people.

BBC: Obesity: ‘Slim chance’ of return to normal weight

“Current strategies that focus on cutting calories and boosting physical activity aren’t working for most patients to achieve weight loss and maintain that.”

A Better Way to Lose Weight

Perhaps people are failing because the advice to eat less and run more is almost useless for sustained weight loss?

There’s a better way that makes it easier to lose weight, and keep the weight off, without hunger. Like following these guidelines:

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  1. robert
    Well, in the UK they have:

    "The Eat Well Plate" (really a "Eat Badly Plate", lots of carbs & crap on it, even soda), many sugar-pushers and stuff like the "SACN report" (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition).

    Apparently carbohydrates are "...neither detrimental nor beneficial to cardio-metabolic and ... health."


    With that kind of "advice" (well-meaning? but so wrong), it is no wonder the island is getting heavier at great speed.

  2. BobM
    Through a combination of a low carb, high fat diet and intermittent fasting, I've lost about 16% of my body weight over the last two years. In terms of pants waist size, I've lost 5 inches. Oh yeah, I DECREASED the amount of exercise I did during that time, from four days per week to three days per week.

    Technically, I do not "cut calories". I eat as much as I want, when I eat. I just ensure when I eat that I eat as much (animal) fat as possible; I eat plenty of vegetables (with every meal); I rarely eat fruits other than berries; I rarely (as in maybe once a month) eat wheat, potatoes, rice, basically any "whole grain", and the like. I avoid vegetable oils, other than olive oil I basically eat exactly the opposite of the "myplate" in the US.

    I do, however, fast several days a week. I'm up to fasting for two entire days a week. On those days, I eat nothing. I also eat 16:8 the other days per week (that is, I eat during an 8 hour window on the other days, which basically means I skip breakfast). I will have breakfast 1-2 days per week, though. When I do eat, I eat as much as I want. I'm just not as hungry as I used to be, so I don't eat as much as I used to eat, when I do eat.

    Personally, I think everything we've been told to do or eat is completely wrong.

  3. webbgrrl
    Well they have to prove diets can 't work in order to force everyone to get deliciously profitable lap-band operations, don't they?
  4. Craig Phillipson
    I watched a UK show last night called "What's The Right Diet For You?" as seen here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ddsd9. They showed three different eating habits: constant cravers, emotional eaters, and never full. And gave them three types of diets: Intermittent fasting, Calorie counting with group support, and High Protein. They then followed all three groups and showed they all initially lost weight quickly but then weight loss slowed down dramatically. They explained that this was caused by losing water associated with losing the sugars stored around the liver which they explained was the first energy stores to be lost. Once these sugar energy stores are depleted the remaining weight takes longer to lose because you don't lose as much water. Yet on all diets they still encouraged the eating of carbs! They had just pointed out the perfect reason to STOP EATING CARBS to help the body concentrate on burning the fat stores, but then didn't give this advice to any of the participants! One has to wonder when the dietitian industry will wake up and see that Flash of the Bleeding Obvious!
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  5. Desi
    Hi Craig,
    I've watched that show before & thought the same thing. It's full of bad advice & nonsense.
    As a Nurse I have always followed professional advice to keep fit & healthy.
    I have always been between 8st & 8st7lbs (50-54kg).
    But following a number of traumatic years where I lost 5 family members & had a MVA I gained 30+kg.
    Over the years I tried to do "The right thing" & count calories & eat low fat. Writing everything down for my friends at the hospital I work to see.
    But all the time I was hungry. Had poor energy levels. Slept badly & my concentration was bad.
    Then a very young Nutritionist started at our hospital.
    We became friends & she told me "Things are changing. The count calories & eat low fat was never sustainable & saturated fat is no longer feared".
    She got me interested & I did my own research & thank you Diet Doctor you made that much easier.
    For the first time since the trauma of losing my son & husband. I now feel in control again.
    I have lost 16.5kg & have never been hungry NOT ONCE!
    I will never go back to the unsatisfying way of eating.
    Best of all - my blood chemistry is showing all the benefits of following the LCFH - Grain Free lifestyle.
    Reply: #8
  6. svenskaresebloggen
    I can understand the difficultis of geting back to normal weight. But its possible. I know because i sid it.
    Went from 110kg to 80 kg.
  7. nadia
    About time they actually asked the peoples who have done it then!
    Not only would they get better answers that help people, we'd tell them how doable and how permanent the weight 'loss' (who cares about weight? SIZE loss is the aim of the exercise) and more importantly how EFFORTLESS it is ... when you get the correct information.
    Are you sure this is current? Maybe a spiff? Not something from the 1970's. Please tell me it is just a joke.
    Thanks for Zoe's site link, it assists in the attempt to understand how the could have contrived such non sense.
    I have research papers from UK from 1994, still dealing with the number of patients entering hospital who are malnourished! Canada 1987. Then research to diet and health from early 1900s
  8. floridarunner'smom
    I accidentally hit "report comment" instead of the up thumb - sorry about that! There seems no way to reverse it.
    Wanted to say how great that you had the stregth to overcome such a huge adversity in life and were able to take care of yourself. It is inspiring and thank you for sharing your story.
  9. Cindy C
    This study was released today, on benefits of saturated fats.


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