According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found it doesn’t matter what diet you choose as long as you stick to it and find a workout regiment that works for you.
Researchers based out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario said all diets are quite the same. There is not much difference whether you’re part of Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. What is essential is the support of both programs as well as combining it with exercise.
The study consisted of 48 clinical trials that assessed popular diets such as the Atkins Diet and Weight Watchers. It involved more than 7,000 adults, who were overweight or obese and were 46 years of age.
Researchers observed participants over a six-month period and then again in a year. Only a small difference was detected. Those who followed a low-carb diet lost 19 more pounds than people who weren’t dieting. Participants following a low-fat diet lost 17 pounds compared to individuals who were not dieting.
Bradley Johnston, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of clinical epidemiology at McMaster’s medical school, said, “We wouldn’t recommend any specific kind of diet here. Really, it’s about choosing one you feel you can best adhere to.”
The study did not examine the internal effects of diets.