Friday, September 19, 2008

It's official: diets don't work (but green tea does!)

Research done at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and reported in the journal American Psychologist delivers the devastating (to the diet industry) news: dieting does not work.

"You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back," said Traci Mann, UCLA associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study. "We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people."

Instead, what does work is exercise and eating healthy and in moderation — and green tea can play a pivotal role in your eat-healthy-to-lose-weight strategy.

Authors of the UCLA study, psychologists Traci Mann (right) and Janet Tomiyama.

—Mellow Monk

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