« on: 17 Feb 2013, 02:19 »
Yes, structured diets are bullshit. No, weight is not entirely genetically determined. Yes, it is a product of both lifestyle and genetics.
What you eat and how active you are influences your weight, the magnitude of that influence is determined by metabolism. It would be ignorant to say that the food you eat and your level of physical activity have no effect on your body. If I chose to eat only Big Macs for the rest of my life delivered to me by my servant boy Jacques directly to my La-Z-Boy which I never leave, would my above-average metabolism keep me from gaining weight and becoming at risk of heart disease? Probably not. I'd also postulate that after a year of that lifestyle, it would be difficult if not impossible to return to my current healthy state and if I did, losing the weight would take much longer than gaining it. As I see it, obesity is much easier to prevent than cure and we as a society should encourage our children to develop healthy eating and exercise habits.
But no, "going on a diet" for a few months won't work.