I am a firm believer in what works. When it comes to medicine, I have friends who say alternative medicine doesn't work, and I have friends who believe that regular medicine is worse for you. I have a belief in what works with the least amount of side effects whether it be regular or alt. medicine.
Dieting is an example of something that doesn't work. It has never worked for me and about 95% of other people who have done it.
It doesn't help you lose weight. If anything it helps you gain weight.
... brain scans reveal that weight loss makes it harder for us to exercise self-control and resist tempting food. Worse still, the more people diet, the stronger these effects can become, leaving some almost doomed to being overweight as a result of their attempts to become slim.
Essentially dieting wrecks your body, makes you more hungry, and gives you more of an urge to overeat, slows your metobolism so it's easy to regain.
And it doesn't work to improve health outcomes in diabetics.
A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help.
There is IMHO a belief that if you become fat you will get type 2 diabetic. And yes it is true that many fat people have diabetes. The notion is if you are fat and diabetic you should lose weight to control your diabetes. (Sorry thin diabetics, we can offer you no advice.) Any time Diabetes is mentioned, weight loss advice soons follows. No one things that hey maybe it isn't fatness that causes diabetes but the other way around. Ignored are the fact diabetes is highly genetic. For some people may be able to go on a diabetic diet (small case, i.e. not for weight loss) and increase their physical fitness. While some it won't work for at all.
When it comes to public health policy regarding weight and health, the aphorism that insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result has never seemed more appropriate. -- Paul Campos.