There are so many different schools of thought out there when it comes to losing weight. Fasting, Ketogenic diet, Cambridge diet is just scratching the surface, then you the more basic practices such as the ‘little and often’ approach or IIFYM’s (if it fits your macro’s). What’s right? What actually works?
Well if short term rapid weight loss is your goal, then all of the above will work to some extent. If however long term, lasting weight loss is the desired outcome, then the diets that hyper calorie restrict (Cambridge diet, poorly managed fasting diets) could leave you heavier than when you started!
Don’t just take my word for it though, a very recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviours in April 2018 (just this month) believes that the key to losing weight and keeping it off is to focus on eating regular meals, taking care of ones wellbeing (escapism, exercise, computer free time etc) and avoiding drastic reductions in calories.
To quote the study:
“Prior research has shown that approximately every other adult is constantly dieting. According to the National Institute for Health and Welfare, nearly a million Finns diet every year. Even though dieting may seem a logical solution to weight management problems, it can actually increase weight gain and eating problems in the long run.”
The study refers to 4,900 subjects who were monitored over a 10 year period to assess weight gain/loss patterns based on their dietary habits and methods. The consensus was that those who never ‘dieted’ per se saw better weight management over time. Those who dabbled in diets ended up gaining weight over the period of 10 years.
In a neat summary, the study concludes that most importantly, rather than focussing on losing weight, people would be better channelling their efforts towards eating regular balanced meals (pretty much what my MANtra Diet Reset direct you on). Regular and balanced meals support the natural biological functions of the body, and help in managing one’s eating habits, and crucially weight management, in the long term.