“Differences between diets are … generally trivial to small, implying that people can choose the diet they prefer from among many of the available diets without concern about the magnitude of benefits,” the study’s authors conclude.
The greater the weight loss, the greater the reduction in risk, although the study found that shedding even a small number of excess pounds — as few as 4.5 — lowered the chances of developing breast cancer.
This form of intermittent dieting may also help reduce body fat, lower blood pressure and improve other markers of health, the study reports.
Overall, there appeared to be no statistically significant differences in health outcomes — including weight loss — between people who used artificial sweeteners and those who didn’t.
In a new study, overweight and obese people who lost more than 20 percent of their body weight were almost 2½ times more likely to have good metabolic health as those who lost 5 to 10 percent.
This finding suggests that even among people trying to eat well, cravings can “overshadow the importance of health by boosting the value of tempting, unhealthy foods.”
As a society, we tend to blame individuals for their weight “problem.” But it’s much, much more complicated than that.
You’re likely to be more successful at losing unwanted pounds — and, more importantly, at keeping them off — if you plod along at a persistent, gradual pace, the study suggests.
Nor is alternate-day fasting better — or worse — at improving risk factors for heart disease, such as blood pressure and cholesterol profiles.
“It’s never too late, and even moderate weight loss can make a big difference when it comes to cancer risk,” lead author Juhua Luo.
After two years, people in the self-monitoring “arm” of the study had sustained a greater weight loss, on average, than those using fitness trackers.
“Genetics may influence weight,” writes John Mathers, the study’s senior author, “but it doesn’t dictate what you can do about it.”
The study calls into question a long-standing piece of advice often offered to people trying to lose weight: that they should weigh themselves no more than once a week.
The findings are robust enough to underscore the importance of being physically active throughout our lifetimes.
The idea that rapid weight loss is associated with rapid weight regain is no more true than Aesop’s fable.
In 1905, while serving as secretary of war under President Theodore Roosevelt, Taft hired a British physician and diet expert to treat him for obesity.