Why diets don’t actually work, according to a researcher who has studied them for decades

The Fad Diet That Just May Save Your Life

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Elmhurst Dairy in Queens, New York, one of the largest dairy manufacturers on the East Coast, ceased its dairy operation after 90 years, citing decreased customer demand. The diet uses a points system to track what you eat and provides motivation through local support meetings with weigh-ins or dieters can attend "virtual meetings" online. Popping an aspirin pill a day WON'T keep the doctor away: They tell the public that their problems are due to one bad food or type of food they just need to avoid. Despite this fact, roughly one third of the population report that they are trying to avoid gluten. A recent systematic review of gluten rechallenge studies did not find significant evidence for NCGS.

Slimming down through the ages

Over two thirds of Australians cut out food groups without advice

Studies that claim to have found weight loss were carried out on animals. Studies involving humans are for the most part badly designed. A few quality studies have been carried out over the years, starting in 1998 with a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 135 adults over 12 weeks published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. They found no evidence that hydroxycitric acid, the active ingredient in weight loss products made from garcinia cambogia, produced significant weight loss.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2004 published a systematic review of meta-analyses and clinical trials on dietary supplements for weight loss by complementary medicine researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

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