by Julia Belluz on November 27, 2014

This was a worthwhile read and I wanted to share this very straight-forward information for my patients. The author conducted more than 20 interviews with leading diet and nutrition researchers, registered dietitians, physicians, and evidence-based thinkers on weight loss from across North America. Together, they’ve written or reviewed hundreds of studies and treated thousands of patients. She asked them pretty basic questions: based on the best-available evidence, what advice did they have for people who struggle with their weight? What do their patients who lose weight and keep it off have in common? Where do people go wrong? The following list contains 9 essential tips derived from her interviews:

1) There really, truly is no one “best diet”

2) People who lose weight are good at tracking — what they eat and how much they weigh

3) People who lose weight identify their barriers and motivations

4) Diets often fail because of unreasonable expectations

5) People who lose weight know how many calories they’re consuming — and burning

6) There are ways to hack your environment for health

7) Exercise is surprisingly unhelpful for weight loss

8) Weight loss medications aren’t very useful. Neither are “metabolism boosting” supplements.

9) Forget about “the last 10 pounds”

Craig Amnott

Craig Amnott

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Craig Amnott earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine. Doctor Amnott is licensed to practice both medicine and medical acupuncture in the state of New York.

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