Science says, popular diets might help you lose weight, but only for a short while

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Eating bland food is just boring and if you are on a weight loss regimen then you have to follow your diet to the T. But we have a truth that might bring a shift in your diet beliefs. Yes, we aren’t joking because this new study is making a revelation in the weight loss industry.  

A study published in the journal The BMJ suggests that most diets lead to weight loss and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors but the results may disappear within a year, say researchers, suggesting that people should choose the diet they prefer without concern about the size of benefits.

The research found that in most diets, weight reduction at the 12-month follow-up diminished, and improvements in cardiovascular risk factors largely disappeared — except in association with the Mediterranean diet, which saw a small but important reduction in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.

Not all weight-loss diets are going to be your saviour. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

To reach this conclusion, the International team of researchers set out to determine the relative effectiveness of dietary patterns and popular named diets among overweight or obese adults.

The findings are based on the results of 121 randomised trials with 21,942 patients (average age 49) who followed a popular named diet or an alternative control diet and reported weight loss, and changes in cardiovascular risk factors.

They grouped diets by macronutrient patterns (low carbohydrate, low fat, and moderate macronutrient – similar to low fat, but slightly more fat and slightly less carbohydrate) and according to 14 popular named dietary programmes (Atkins, DASH, Mediterranean, etc).

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