Dr. Tracy Mann, associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has created some strange phenomena in the process of studying dieters. She wondered, will people who have been on a constant diet to lose weight have the last laugh? So, she took her students on a diet to lose weight.
A year-long follow-up was conducted. In the study, they were only interested in one number: What percentage of dieters regained weight over time?
Unfortunately, they got a shocking result: 41%, and many of these people are fatter than they were before losing weight. Mann said that, despite the dismay of the number, “there are still many reasons to believe that this ratio has been underestimated.”
Dr. Merry Foster, founder of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Weight Management, approves of Mann’s indecent concept. However, Foster also worries that such a statement will make people think that dieting is not important, and she even worries that Mann’s statement will make people lose their enthusiasm for losing weight.
Foster believes that a change in lifestyle is the most effective long-term weight loss plan, and dieting is one of the essential aspects. “It’s not easy to lose weight, it’s harder to maintain your weight,” she said, “but you have to have hope.”
She believes that the most fundamental problem is that people usually consider dieting as a short-term “hell-style” weight loss tool, and when they achieve results, they return to their original way of living. Once the diet is over, the weight is quickly “secretly revealed”. She made a vivid analogy: taking medicine to dominate high blood pressure or high cholesterol, after stopping the medicine, blood pressure or cholesterol will return to the original high level. The same is true of dieting for obesity. Once the prescription of dieting is over, the weight will rise again.
Foster recommends losing weight for health and changing your way of life for weight loss. Changes in life and livelihood methods include eating right, exercising more, managing stress (don’t use food as a tool for stress reduction) and making yourself happy – don’t let bad emotions and illnesses plague your life and livelihood.
Therefore, it is just plain that dieting and losing weight are more difficult, but it is more obvious that it can be combined with other methods to carry out the results, but we still recommend a kind of diet without dieting.