Several folks asked me to re-post some of Traci Mann’s lecture on why diets don’t work. I haven’t been able to get hold of that stuff just yet, but did find this older article on her research at UCLA to tide you over.
The sound byte:
“We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”