Fads Aren’t as Helpful as Good Ol’ Exercise

In an article in the Los Angeles Times online, writer Karen Kaplan takes a look at how people who switched from fad diets back to traditional methods of losing weight, like watching what you eat and exercising, are losing more weight:

“Nearly two-thirds of Americans who are obese try to lose weight, and about 40% of them actually succeed. How did they do it? The old-school way: By eating less, exercising more and switching to more healthful foods, according to a new study.

That’s not to say that the appeal of fad diets, pre-made diet foods and over-the-counter pills escaped these dieters. But none of these strategies worked. “Liquid diets, nonprescription diet pills and popular diets showed no association with successful weight loss,” according to a study published online Tuesday by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine…”

Click here to read the full article published on www.latimes.com.