A verbatim extract from the article: “The world’s largest study of weight loss has shown that diets do not work for the vast majority of slimmers and may even put lives at risk. More than two thirds pile the pounds straight back on, raising the danger of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Indeed most dieters end up heavier than they did to start with, the researcher found.”
How much more evidence do we need before we realise that the current dieting advice (Eat less and do more) is actually the CAUSE of the obesity epidemic? It will never be the cure. The empirical evidence is irrefutable – we have been telling people to eat less and do more increasingly vociferously since the 1980’s and obesity has tripled during this time in the UK.
One quarter of the UK population is now obese (BMI >30) and two thirds is overweight (BMI >25). Levels of obesity have tripled since 1980. If current trends continue, by 2050 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children will be obese.
Here are some direct quotes from the Food Standards Agency’s web site:
… since the late 1980s we have been consuming less total fat and we’ve also cut down on saturated fat
Since the 60s we’ve been consuming fewer calories from household food… However, there are an increasing number of people who are overweight or obese. The reasons for this are not clear
Following significant changes over the past few years, the British diet is probably as healthy as it’s ever been
Levels of obesityhave tripled since 1980 in England, and there is no sign of the upward trend stopping
The UK has the fastest rising obesity rates in the developed world
So, let me understand this, the UK has been following the diet advice – we are eating less fat, we are eating fewer calories, our diet is probably the best it has ever been, but levels of obesity have tripled since 1980 and we have the fastest rising obesity rate in the world. If this were a scientific experiment, we would stop it immediately and conclude that it isn’t working. What happens instead is that the “Eat less and do more” advice is shouted even louder and stronger by governments, doctors, dieticians and the media…
My two books, “Why do you overeat? When all you want is to be slim” and “Stop Counting calories & Start Losing Weight” explain exactly what happens when you try to eat less and do more (i.e. follow a traditional diet) and how your body acts in the exact opposite way to how you want it to behave. It increases you DESIRE for food and reduces your NEED for food at the same time – a fatal combination for people trying to lose weight. Read either of these books if you want to see why “Diets do indeed damage your health” and what you must do instead if you want to lose weight and keep it off.