...a new study, published today, finds little evidence that commercial weight-loss programs are effective in helping people drop excess pounds. Almost no rigorous studies of the programs have been carried out, the researchers report.
The study, published in today's issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, found that with the exception of Weight Watchers, no commercial program had published reliable data from randomized trials showing that people who participated weighed less a few months later than people who did not participate. And even in the Weight Watchers study, the researchers said, the results were modest, with a 5 percent weight loss after three to six months of dieting, much of it regained.
Now, if you didn't know, Weight Wathers has been bashing the Atkins diet.
Now it turns out Weight Watchers- like some 12 Step Groups- don't have the success they claim.
It doesn't surprise me that this is so.
What is interesting about all of this is that being skillful at being healthy seems so difficult.