“The Best Diet Is The One You Don’t Know You’re On ” – Brian Wansink, Mindless Eating
Did you ever try to lose weight? The most common practice to shed a few (or more) pounds is to go on a diet. How successful is this strategy? Some studies suggest that as many as 95% of people who lose weight by dieting gain it back in 5 years. Other studies put this number at around 65%. But no one debates that a majority of people do gain back their weight after dieting.
Why Don’t Diets Have Long Lasting Impact?
What Is The Best Way To Lose Weight?
One collegue of mine, Cindy, had lost around 20 pounds during her first 2 years at a new job. When I asked how she lost the weight, she couldn’t really answer. Afte some persistent questioning, it seemed that the only deliberate change she’d made two years earlier was to give up caffeine. She switched from coffee to herbal tea. That didn’t seem to explain anything.“Oh yeah,” she said, “and because I gave up caffeine, I also stopped drinking Coke.” She had been drinking about six cans a week – far from a serious habit – but the 139 calories in each Coke translated into 12 pounds a year. She wasn’t even aware of why she’d lost weight. In her mind all she’d done was cut out caffeine.In a classic article in Science, Drs. James O. Hill and John C. Peters suggested that cutting only 100 calories a day from our diets would prevent weight gain in most of the U.S. population.
How Much Weight Will You Lose?
How Do You Cut Calories?