(STUDY FINDS) – Dieting doesn’t work for everyone. As much as people may think that cutting out fattening foods will slim them down, researchers in Canada say some obese individuals are simply resistant to diet-related weight loss plans. With that in mind, a team has created what they call the “crowning glory” of weight loss research. The study lays out a new roadmap for people to lose weight and keep it off.
“If you look at a large group of people who are overweight and trying to lose weight, they don’t respond to exercise very much. But now we’ve found that people in this [diet-resistant] obesity phenotype really do,” says Dr. Robert Dent from Ottawa Hospital’s weight management clinic in a university release. “What the findings are telling us is that when we see individuals with obesity who don’t respond to dietary restriction, they should be shunted over to physical activity.”
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The team from the University of Ottawa add that their study may help personalize weight loss programs for patients with difficult-to-treat cases of obesity. For many years, researchers say there has only been one consistent approach for improving the health of overweight and obese people — put them on a low-calorie diet. However, studies show that diet-heavy approaches to weight loss aren’t successful for everyone who tries them.