Research Finds Little Difference Among Diet Plans’ Long Term Effectiveness
Paleo, Keto, DASH, Mediterranean – it seems like there is no end in sight to the latest diet fads that promise to help you lose weight and improve your health. Combine those approaches with the latest exercise, pharmaceutical, and surgical options available to us, and it is no wonder we struggle to figure out which plan will actually work long term. Obesity rates are alarming, and the latest research suggests that it is hard to predict how a certain weight loss plan will help you. However, any attempt at getting healthy is worth trying and may potentially save your life.
But Which Weight Loss Plan Works?
According to a Scientific Statement released by the Endocrine Society on March 6, 2018, when it comes to weight loss strategies, there is no proof that one option is more effective than another long term. This includes diets, exercise plans, medication, and surgeries. Yes, that means everything from the popular Weight Watchers program to low carb diets to bariatric surgery has no guarantee for lasting success, no matter what the advertisers say.
While certain diets, like the DASH and Mediterranean for example, do have proven benefits such as bettering one’s cardiovascular health, in weight loss, no one plan comes out ahead. In fact, the study concludes that it is not so much the particular weight loss strategies used that matter, but an individual’s genetics, health, and dedication to their chosen plan that makes a difference in the long run.
This is not a cause for worry though. Just because one particular approach does not stand out above the rest for lasting results, it does not mean that there is not a solution in the weight loss world that works best for you. It may take some time to figure out which plan yields the best personal results, but weight loss, no matter which healthy way you choose to get there, is what is most important.
If There is No Wrong Answer, Then What?
Knowing where to start can still be a challenge. Even though there is no one path to success, there is still a lot of conflicting information out there. Your doctor can help you narrow down which diet, exercise regimen, medication, or surgical option may prove most helpful for your specific situation, and following their advice is one of the easiest strategies of primary health care you can try.
Your current health will largely play a role in the plan you need to follow and how long your results will last. Look to your doctor or health screening companies to find out more about the overall picture of your health. A screening panel complete with blood pressure testing, BMI measurements, and cholesterol testing (as well as other indicators of health such as vitamin D testing, TSH testing, and hbA1c testing) can give you an idea of the areas of improvement you may need to address through weight loss.
Obesity is a crisis all over the world, especially in the United States, where approximately one-third of the population is overweight. Obesity has been linked to numerous conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and arthritis, proving that one of the key components for a long, healthy life is getting weight under control. Combating obesity and lowering your risks for the dangerous diseases associated with it is far more important than any new buzzword in the weight loss scene. Partnering with your doctor can help you find the right long-term approach for your needs.