New research pins four popular diets head-to-head, and the results may make you question why you ever signed up.
We’ve all seen amazing before-and-after weight loss pictures gracing magazine covers, with headlines that read “How I Lost 100 Pounds on [insert name of popular diet here]”. Are these stories motivating and inspiring? Yes. Do we see what that person looks like a year later? Usually not. A new study focusing on the four of America’s most-popular diet programs, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach and Zone, may have the reason why. Published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes the research shows that popular diets may not be as effective in helping people lose weight and decrease their risk factors for heart disease as we once thought.