So when a study says something like
75% of the weight lost is regained at 5 years…
You could say that diets fail, right?
Yet, what this doesn’t mention is:
1- That is still 25% lower than they were (and they might have even put weight on in this time)
2- What is the alternative? If you did not try, what do you do
3- the habits to lose the weight, such as exercise, eating better, sleeping better have other benefits (independent of weight loss), including:
→ Improved bone density
→ Decreased risk of disease
→ Boosted immune system
→ Less likely to be dependent on others = higher quality of life.
→ Achieving 150 minutes a week of exercise or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise associated with 30-35% reduction in depressive symptoms (even when controlling for trauma and diet)
→ Making better choices with food, often more nutrient dense choices (high nutrients per calorie)
→ making friends in the process of trying by meeting people in an exercise setting
^^^ all benefits regardless of if you lost weight (which most people want anyway, right?)
Thing is, whether this is from working in the NHS, lecturing at Oxford Brookes University, or just being very passionate about sharing RELIABLE evidence when it comes to nutrition,
We often associate the word ‘diet’ with a quick fix.
But when you look at the definition of ‘diet’:
“the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.”
I talk about whether diets work in more detail here
I will leave you with a little snippet (see image) from our Kickstart book (something we go over with you in your first session when you join our Kickstart. Message me with ‘Kickstart’ and I will get you more details)