The data on the top 10 diets is slim

This is a recent article I want to comment on. 

If you think that the top 10 diet plans are proven systems for success when it comes to better health and weight loss I offer you the following points of view. see > PHILADELPHIA — A review of 10 of the nation’s most popular weight-loss programs found there was not enough evidence to support the claims many of them make about helping people shed pounds and keep them off.

> Are these diets working? Ask yourself after you check out this link

Of the programs researchers examined, only Weight Watchers had strong documentation that it worked — with one study showing that participants lost around 5 percent (about 10 pounds) of their initial weight in six months and kept off about half of it two years later.

> I have to say this is not much to brag about. Seems like an awful lot of work over 6 months to lose 10 lbs! I can show you how to do that in a month or less.

However, the researchers who conducted the review published in Tuesday’s Annals of Internal Medicine stressed that the lack of scientific evidence should not be viewed as an attack on diet programs.

> Weight Watcher provides a value added service. I’m not attacking either, just point out there are better ways.

"There are no data on weight loss when you go to a health club, either," said Thomas Wadden, a University of Pennsylvania of weight-loss expert and the study’s co-author. "We hope that doctors and patients will use this information to make more informed decisions."

> It’s not like we’re not going to act, waiting around for data! But if you want data, check out The China Study, on the affects of a Nutrient Rich diet will have on diet, weight and long term health issues. It’s only the most comprehensive study of nutrition, ever conducted.

> Other great sources for scientific info is the research done by Joel Fuhrman MD. Head of the Nutrient Rich Lifestyle Health and Science Advisory Team.

About 45 million Americans diet each year. People in this country spend $1 billion to 2 billion per year on weight-loss programs. But millions of those who enroll in weight-loss programs every year do not have much to go on when choosing a plan because few studies have been done that pass scientific muster.

> Well, I’ve only got about 30,000 scientific studies to go on; if that’s not good enough, I don’t know what to tell you. Nutrient Rich is not a diet, it’s a diet and lifestyle plan based on what the best scientific evidence tells us, of healthy populations around the world, not to mention common sense.

The review aimed to replace glossy ads and dramatic testimonials with information about program components, safety, staff qualifications, cost and effectiveness — and should serve as a call to programs to conduct more strenuous research, Wadden said.

> I am a firm believer in research, but PLEASE don’t wait around for another diet company to do more research. Believe me, it will be skewed in their favor. Do you Know Your Number? That’s what you need to know, and that’s how we track success with Nutrient Rich!

> Stay tuned for Nutrient Rich and Know Your Number!

Karen Miller-Kovach, chief scientific officer of Weight Watchers International Inc., said of the findings: "Our commitment to science and research has increased over the years and is ongoing, and it’s nice to see this validation of what we’ve been doing."

> Again, 10 lbs in 6 months, and keeping "5lbs" off? Billions in research and that’s what we’ve accomplished? Your weight can fluctuate by 5 lbs every couple of days depending on activity levels and food consumption, and stress!

The weight-loss plans examined included Jenny Craig Inc., which typically provides prepared meals and diet and exercise counseling. Lisa Talamini, chief nutritionist for the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company, said Jenny Craig will soon start a large study of the sort urged by the review authors.

She also cited a recent analysis by The Cooper Institute, a research organization that focuses on exercise, that found people who followed Jenny Craig for a year lost 15 percent, or an average of 22 pounds, of their initial body weight.

> Impressive, but at what cost in health and quality of life? Dieting is not a fun way of life.

The authors of the latest review could not find any published evaluations about another big commercial plan, LA Weight Loss. And they said there was insufficient evidence to prove the effectiveness of self-help programs like Overeaters Anonymous and Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

As for doctor-supervised, low-calorie diets Optifast and Health Management Resources, which cost around $2,000 for the first three months, the data on their long-term success rates are not highly promising, researchers said.

> $2,000! You can eat Nutrient Rich food, guaranteed to make you healthier and lose weight for 5 months for that kind of money. Great tasting food at that. Well I guess the Optifast plan makes sense if you want to live on drinks and powder!

However, they said such plans still can be appropriate for severely overweight people who need aggressive weight loss.

> If you want to lose weight aggressively and make sure you get all the nutrient you need to succeed at being healthy at the same time, then Lose Weight The Nutrient Rich Way!

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