Diets don’t work! You’ve heard this for a while now. However, weight loss companies and diet pushers have changed their tactic a little and have found a way for you to buy into a new type of weight loss strategy. I’m sure all kinds of shiny new diets are popping up right now on your FaceBook or Instagram feed. “Go Low Carb,” “Choose Paleo for weight loss,” “Lose weight with Keto.” The fact of the matter is none of these strategies actually work.
Before we talk about why diets don’t work, we must define what “work” means. For most people a diet that “works” is a diet that you will lose enough weight to reach your “goal weight” (what a is a goal weight is a topic for another time) and stay there for the rest of your life. Oh, and for most people, this diet should be easy to adhere to. Sound about right? Although most diets can help you lose weight, it is almost never enough weight and that weight loss is not sustainable (in fact, one often gains back more weight than they lost). This is true no matter which diet you try. There is absolutely no evidence that a particular kind of diet is more effective than any other. Low carb is no more effective than low fat, etc.