"While yo-yo dieting
is thought to be harmful, there is little hard scientific evidence to support that," he said.
Because to the degree we can gather information (and for a variety of reasons the purveyors of these approaches do not and indeed cannot provide scientifically sound evaluations of their efforts), experience shows that for most people, over the long run, they don't lead to long-term success and do lead to "yo-yo" dieting
, and are often otherwise unhealthy.
While several factors, including family history and general health history, play major roles in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes and cancer, dieting
can also be an excellent way to prevent major illnesses before medical intervention is necessary.
"I'm talking about dieting
. I'm talking about working out.
In spite of this obsession with dieting
, many are losing control of the ways they eat, and their fasting is all too often the flip side of their bingeing.
Referring to one of many studies that find no impact of calcium on weight in people who aren't overweight and aren't dieting
, Zemel says, "there you were studying healthy, young women without calorie restriction.
The low-carb diet universe is pretty diverse, and also includes the Scarsdale diet, the Protein Plan, the South Beach Diet (to some extent), and whole-foods, low-carb eating plans exemplified by the eponymous Low-Carb Dieting
for Dummies book from John Wiley and Sons.