We can’t identify the causes of weight regain, but we know the problem is that you lack the willingness to change

A review study has been published recently: “The Long-Term Effect of Energy Restricted Diets for Treating Obesity“.

A few quotes from the study:

Energy restricted diets resulted in an average 2.9% […] greater weight loss compared to untreated control groups.

Weight regain was observed in the majority of individuals in all studies.

Since so many individuals are initially successful in losing weight through an energy intake reducing diet, future research should aim to identify ways to prevent weight regain

When prescribing a diet for the treatment of obesity, health practitioners should discuss with their patients that this intervention is only useful if permanent dietary changes are made. The high chance of weight regain and the mechanisms behind the phenomenon should be explained and a plan should be made to prevent weight regain as much as possible. This plan should include a feasible weight maintenance diet, emphasizing that energy intake will have to be permanently lower compared to the situation prior to weight loss.

Disapproval of those who do not succeed to lose weight, or regain weight, is inappropriate. If weight loss is not achieved, the advice to go on a diet should not be repeated automatically, unless a renewed willingness to change is noted.

A 100 Kg person can expect to lose 3Kg as a result of 3-4 years of dieting. That is just amazing…

The authors, instead of saying “energy restriction is BS, let’s forget it once and for all“, they talk about “permanent dietary changes” and “willingness to change“. They admit they have no clue why weight regain happens, but they ask health practitioners to inform their patients about the causes of weight regain and give them a “feasible weight maintenance diet“. What kind of diet would that be, if they don’t know why weight regain happens? But it must be “feasible“, because, you know, we have a problem of willpower here…

Is this what they are saying?

Dear patient,

energy restricted diets fail for the majority of individuals in all studies, therefore we conclude that a) caloric restriction works for weight loss and b) you, the obese people, lack willpower to stick to the diet, are too stupid to understand caloric restriction or are willingly sabotaging the energy balance theories. 

Future research should aim to identify ways to prevent weight regain, but nevertheless we encourage health practitioners to tell you why weight regain happens and give you a plan to follow in order to avoid weight regain. We know the plan is only useful if permanent changes are made, although we have no idea what those changes are. That’s because no intervention has ever proved to work. But permanent changes are needed and the diet must be feasible, we know that for sure, because we know the problem is that you, the obese people, lack the willpower needed to stick to the diet. And please, stop eating so much.

We will not blame you if you fail. Weight loss needs a strong willingness to change, but we all know that you, the obese people, are weak, lazy and have no willpower. If we advised you to diet again without noting first a desire to change, it would be our fault, not yours.

A desire to change is the key, although we don’t know what kind of change is needed.

LET’S STOP THIS NONSENSE, PLEASE

  1. Caloric restriction is a weight loss method based on several thinking errors. It’s not derived from physics’ laws, it derives from human stupidity (see,see). There is no good reason for it to work, and as a matter of fact it doesn’t.
  2. Caloric restriction has been tested in hundreds of scientific experiments and it always fails. The method doesn’t work. That is an indisputable fact.
  3. The more likely explanation for caloric restriction’s lack of results is the physiological reaction of our body to caloric restriction. That explanation is based on sound science, from human and animal studies. The idiotic “lack of willpower” hypothesis has no scientific backup.
  4. Caloric restriction has been shown to fail also when there is proof of adherence to the diet.
  5. When a diet based on sugar, grains, seed oils and processed food is adopted, obesity develops. When people go back to a diet based on real food, they lose weight and their health improves.
  6. If obesity were caused by laziness and gluttony, that would mean the world population has suddenly become lazy and gluttonous. The idea that this has suddenly, with no clear cause, happened to all kinds of people in all kinds of countries is blatantly stupid and blames the victim for its condition.

 

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4 thoughts on “We can’t identify the causes of weight regain, but we know the problem is that you lack the willingness to change

  1. Por si hay alguna duda, ya llevo el mes de agosto comiendo casi nada mas que grasa y proteina. He estado con un sobrepeso desde la infancia. O sea, que no es que yo soy alguien que por naturaleza es delgado, pero por un abuso de la comida, me he quedado con mis kilos que sobran!

    No mido la cantidad de comida que como. Mas bien, me sirvo una cantidad bastante grande! He comido un bol entero de ensalada con todo tipo de cosas dentro – berenjenas fritas en mantequilla salen exquisitos! Normalmente como una vez al dia, pero puedo picar un poco a mediodia – queso, jamon, lo que sea.

    Ayer, tome un cafe con nata por el desayuno. A la hora de comer, puse un poco de queso gratinado en el horno y hice lo que se parece a un substituto por patatas fritas. Para postre, bate un poco de nata.

    Mas tarde, comi un poco de queso azul. Ayer fue un dia un poco inusual – normalmente es ensalada y pollo, carne o pescado fritos en mantequilla.

    El dia 28 de julio, pese 116.2kg. Esta manana (28 agosto) me he pesado y son 112.5. Cada sabado, me peso y cada sabado he bajado algo. Nunca tengo hambre (salvo justo antes de comer/cenar). Estoy comiendo las cosas que mas me gustan. Pienso en seguir asi ahora durante el mes de setiembre. Y luego tomare la decision de si sigo durante los meses de octubre, noviembre y diciembre! Mes por mes…asi que la cosa no me intimida demasiado!

    Si llego hasta enero, pienso en ir al medico a pedirle que me haga unas pruebas para comprobar que no estoy matandome. Lo he hecho antes despues de 12 meses comiendo asi. Los resultados fueron perfectos. La enfermera me dijo que no tendria que comer tanta grasa…

    En fin, aunque estoy bajando poco a poco, estoy bajando. Y poniendo la meta de bajar peso a un lado, he encontrado una forma de comer que me siente de maravilla. Estas paginas me sirven para animarme a seguir y queria darte las gracias por seguir con lo que haces.

    Perdona las faltas de mi castellano y sigue escribiendo!

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    • Hola Diarmuid,
      nada que perdonar.

      Espero que tengas suerte con esta forma de comer. Ya sabes que los resultados a corto plazo no son significativos. Hasta “comer menos” produce resultados a corto plazo. En eso se basa el engaño de todo tipo de métodos para adelgazar, en que perder peso a corto plazo sí es posible. Y luego ocultan que el método deja de funcionar culpando a la víctima de no haber seguido la dieta. Como engaño es una obra maestra.

      Si pesarte una vez a la semana te va bien, no lo cambies. Solo comentarte que pesarse con mayor frecuencia mejora el cumplir con la dieta, te hace estar más pendiente de lo que comes.

      “Hoy no me salto la dieta, ya me la saltaré mañana”. Si funciona con las adicciones, es razonable pensar que con la dieta también sea un método efectivo para no verse abrumado. “Take it one day at a time”.

      ¡Sigue leyéndome!

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