Prof Mann found that although dieters typically lost up to 10% of their starting weight in the first six months, at least one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within four or five years.
Among those who were followed for more than two years, 83% eventually gained back more weight than they lost - one study showed that half of dieters weighed more than 4.99kgs (11lb) more than their starting weight five years after the diet.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Dieters won't lose weight permanently
An analysis of 31 long-term studies that had followed people for between two and five years on a range of diets reveals that people on diet would gain their weight back within five years. From Guardian:
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