For years, weight loss experts have been weighing in on the most effective way to shed pounds, and a new study hopes to put the kibosh on all the banter about bulge. The largest-ever controlled study of weight loss methods came to a conclusion after two years, and the results speak for themselves: when it comes to losing weight, the diet you follow doesn't matter, but the amount of calories you consume does.
According to The New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine study assigned 800 overweight adults one of four diets that cut 750 calories from their typical intake through different combinations of fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Participants consumed at least 1,200 calories a day and after two years, the majority had lost and regained the same amount of weight. The results suggest it's not the diet you choose, but rather your ability to remain committed to it. The study's lead author commented, "It really does cut through the hype. It gives people lots of flexibility to pick a diet that they can stick with."