FUNDAMENTALS OF DIET PART III - a successful diet needs realism

In this article we address one of the most common promises of diet and nutrition "gurus", explaining why losing weight fast is the surest way to fail.

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In this article I will look at some scientific research. But stay with me until the end. I promise that not only will I be as brief as I can be, but what you read will help you lose the extra pounds.

We start from a study carried out in July 2019, whose conclusion was that large and/or sudden weight loss will result in rapid weight regain.

We now move on to Research "DiOGenes", which was conducted from November 2005 to April 2007 by 8 European centres in 8 countries to analyse whether protein and glycaemic index affect weight loss.

Recent research reanalyzed the DiOGenes data and found the following:

The men in the study who had lost a lot of muscle mass during the weight loss period eventually gained the weight back quickly. On the other hand, the women did not.

The women's lean body mass losses were 27% compared to 35% for the men, so it's very likely that they didn't lose too much muscle mass for the same to happen to them.

So, the first investigation turns out to be correct.

We move on to conclusions and suggestions:

  • Sudden and/or large weight loss will result in a sudden weight regain.
  • The loss of lean body mass during a diet is an important factor in weight regain after the end of the diet.

And from the above, we can add a few tips, along with those in "Basic Principles of Nutrition Part I" and "Basic Principles of Nutrition Part II".

  • Miracle diets with quick results, apart from making your life miserable, don't work in the long run.
  • Anaerobic exercise and protein-rich meals are recommended to prevent loss of muscle mass.
  • Less attention should be paid to aerobic exercise, while the tedious and prolonged programmes that are so fashionable should be avoided.
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Author: Nick Krontiris

Founder, Suprastratum


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