Diet Programs Do Not Reduce Disease Risk, Study Says

January 28th, 2011 - 7:15 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
oabsJan 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Warding off your increasing waistline and losing the additional calories is often pitched as the best way to improve health and led a disease-free life. However, just getting rid of the extra weight might not be the best way to ensure a healthy lifestyle, a recent study has hinted. A study that was recently published in the International Journal of Obesity revealed that weight-loss programs may not be the ideal technique to stay healthy as in many cases it is seen that people tend to regain the weight within a certain span of time.

The research which was undertaken by scientists of the Brisbane based University of Queensland, examined the impact of different diets on the participants to evaluate how far the weight-loss programs are instrumental in ensuring health improvements. While one of the diets given to the respondents was low on fats, the other one contained high quantity of whole grains and vegetables as well as 180 minutes of exercise every week. Following the study, the participants lost weight to the tune of 8 to 12 pounds and did not gain any calories for a period of six months. However, over the next six years, the dieters gained the weight again, making it clear that there was hardly any improvement in their health due to the weight-loss.

Lennert Veerman, the lead author of the study said that the research proves that interventions that attempt to transform the behavior of the dieters without changing the environment in which they live, would only have temporary and modest health benefits.

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