We all knew this anyway, didn't we? And yet, we buy the books, we join the different programs, we look for an advantage.
Doctors studied more than 800 overweight people for two years in Baton Rouge, La., and Boston who wanted to lose weight. About 60% were woman, 40% men. They established calorie levels, and then assigned the people to one of four diets (all were structured within heart-healthy guidelines):
* Low-fat, average-protein
* Low-fat, high-protein
* High-fat, average-protein
* High-fat, high-protein
The results? They were about the same. People lost about the same amount of weight and kept the same amount of weight off. And they reported about the same level of satisfaction.
Which leads us to just one conclusion, again: There's no magic in it. We just have to eat less, and/or exercise more, to get those pounds to budge.
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Does this mean you shouldn't join a weight-loss plan? No! What it should mean is that you should look for the one that works best with your life. Don't worry about whether it's the latest thing or an old standby. Don't get roped into thinking that one will work where others won't. Look at the alternatives, look at your lifestyle, and pick a plan that is suited to YOU.
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