Diet and Weight-Loss / September 17, 2014

All Diets Can Work if You Can Stick to Them

By Charles Platkin, PhD

Years ago Consumer Reports conducted a survey of their readers and found that most diets do help you lose weight. “In an analysis of data from nearly 50 trials [research studies] including about 7,300 individuals, significant was observed with any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet, with weight loss differences between diet programs small, findings that support the practice of recommending any diet that a patient will adhere to in order to lose,” said the researchers, who reported their findings in the well-respected Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

“At 12-month follow-up, the estimated average weight losses of all diet classes compared with no diet were approximately 2.2 to 4.4 lbs. less than after 6-month follow-up. The diet classes of low fat (16 lbs.) and low carbohydrate (16 lbs.) continued to have the largest estimated treatment effects.
“Weight loss differences between individual diets were minimal. For example, the Atkins diet resulted in a 3.8 lbs. greater weight loss than the Zone diet at 6-month follow-up.”
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