Why All Diets Work
Researchers say that on average, people lose weight no matter what program they choose. Grapefruit diets, chocolate diets, Christian diets, 12-step programs, prescription pills, personal trainers -- they all "work."
If you put yourself on virtually any weight-loss program, chances are you're going to lose weight.
How can all these wildly different paths all seem to go toward the same destination? The answer is simple:
Every weight-loss program, no matter how good or crazy, sets limits and so gives people a sense of control. Sometimes the most strict (or even bizarre) diets seem to work best because they set the strictest limits.
Nearly every successful weight-loss program has some source of nurturing: a weekly meeting, a personal trainer, a counselor, a Alcoholics Anonymous-type “sponsor” whose job it is to talk you out of eating that tub of Häagen Dazs.
A combination of limits and nurturing allows almost everyone to lose weight.