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The Boston Globe reports that a new study conducted by the New England Medical Center maintains that there is little benefit in choosing one of the major four commercial diets – Atkins, Weight Watchers, Ornish, and the Zone – over the other. This study recommends that people choose the diet that works best for their individual physiology, and ignore media hype that suggests one approach or another is the best.

Meanwhile, another study – this one from Harvard University – takes a different approach, suggesting that of ten major diets used by Americans, only Weight Watchers offers a plan that has any basis in science. Indeed, the researchers who conducted this study say that the level of research into the nation’s most popular diet plans is “terrible,” according to the Globe.

In both cases, the scientists conducting the studies emphasize that for any diet plan to work, users have to stick with them for a considerable period of time, and that short term results usually lead to long-term frustration.
KC's View:
Not a huge surprise. But it does make us wonder, if all this is true, about whether or not there ought to be some sort of regulation of what people are able to call a diet plan.