I’ve been saying this for years.
Okay. A study looks at how when older women diet and they regain the weight (as we know they are going to do), what is it that they are losing and what is it that they are regaining. And the answer is:
Specifically, for every 1 kg fat lost during the weight-loss intervention, 0.26 kg lean tissue was lost; for every 1 kg fat regained over the following year, only 0.12 kg lean tissue was regained.
Get it? You lose fat and lean tissue. When you regain, you end up literally fatter and with less lean tissue, even if you don’t weigh more than when you started the diet. (And they don’t even get into the fact that fat cells are forever – unlike lean tissue cells, fat cells do not go away – they simply “deflate”, unless you physically remove them – and even then, there is evidence that your body will create more fat cells to replace those your removed.).
And while there are a lot of new studies out there talking about the protective nature of fat as we get older, loss of muscle and bone is detrimental, especially to older people.
Now want to go crazy? Here is what the lead author of the study had to say about weight loss for older women:
“But despite the great likelihood that people will gain it back and the suggestion that it will have an unfavorable impact on their lean-tissue-to-fat composition, ‘I think there are huge benefits to losing weight,’ she says. When older obese people deliberately slim down, their osteoarthritis improves, Nicklas says. They can get up out of chairs and climb stairs more easily. Even if they eventually regain all of the weight, she says, it usually takes a few years to do it.”
Except the study showed that 80% of the women had regained the weight within one year! And I’m pretty sure in order to get out of chairs and climb stairs you need muscle (i.e. lean tissue).
So this doctor ADMITS that dieting will ultimately have an unfavorable impact on most of her patients, and yet she is still pushing for dieting. Talk about drinking the Koolaid.