The number of people who regained weight after three years was also the same in both groups, 71 per cent, suggesting that crash dieting is better than gradual weight loss in the short term and no worse in the long term.
Both approaches fail nearly 3/4 of the time. So, dieting alone is not worth the time and effort. Increasing your amount of exercise bit by bit without doing much else at first, shows you that exercise helps you lose weight bit by bit. Exercise and make adjustments to eating habits and increase both efforts a bit over time and within a year and a half – you have a new life – PERIOD! 255 lbs. to 150 in 16 months 12 years ago. Walked away from hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol.