News about how to lose weight is always newsworthy, even when there is nothing new to say. But that doesn't matter. We are fed a steady stream of information about dieting and weight control to keep the conversation going. Wouldn't it be nice to hear a broadcaster say just once, "There will be no weight loss news tonight."
I know I've had my fill.
Last month we had the unique opportunity to hear about the best weight loss diet and the top obesity myths in the same news cycle. You can't beat that for intrigue!
What's True About Weight Loss?
The annual list of the best diets fromU.S. News & World Report arrived with the usual excitement, followed by reflexive disappointment. Whether the goal is to lose weight, get healthy or control disease, the best diets in each category still require making better food choices and keeping track of them. Nothing new there.
The top weight loss diets were all about common sense things like eating more vegetables and less meat, taking smaller portions of food and bigger amounts of exercise, and being more focused on your food than your social networks when eating. Is there anyone left who doesn't know that?
What's Not True About Weight Loss?
The other story grabbing headlines last month was about obesity myths. Apparently everything we've been told about dieting and weight loss isn't true, or at least it hasn't been scientifically proven.
Researchers at the University of Alabama wanted to set the record straight, so looked for the studies to back up the most popular beliefs about obesity. They reported their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine and said "false and scientifically unsupported beliefs about obesity are pervasive."
Did you know there's no proof that taking more physical education classes will curb obesity in kids or that eating more frequently throughout the day will help? With or without proof, it seems pretty obvious to me that the advice isn't working. But it's still news.
What Can We Do About Weight Loss?
Why not take a break from all the weight loss news and act on what we already know? There are no game-changing discoveries around the corner. Nothing new is in the pipeline that will make the task easier. And there is never going to be a magic potion that will melt our fat away.
It's time to stop talking about dieting and weight loss and start doing something about it. We could really surprise all those researchers if we were successful in spite of the myths!