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Why dieting doesn't work

Recent research has thrown up a surprising conclusion - dieting may make you GAIN weight! To find out what this is all about, and what you can do about it, read on.

Want to get fat? Try dieting! According to researchers, if you go on a diet, it's most likely that you will end up weighing more than when you started the diet.

This is a big issue (pardon the pun) these days. Between 1980 and 2000, the percentage of obese Americans more than doubled, from 15 percent to 31 percent of the population, and similar patterns of obesity now affect the British population.

Estimates are that by 2020, over 20% of the British population will be obese. There are all sorts of theories as to what lies behind this dramatic increase in the average weight of the population, but two researchers in America looked at the issue, they came up with a startling finding.

Researchers Traci Mann and Janet Tomiyama, psychologists at UCLA, analyzed 31 long-term studies on dieting, and found that while you can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, the weight almost always comes back.

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