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At our core is our ability to tap into the brains of the top nutritionists, dietitians and health journalists to bring you in-depth reviews on weight-loss programs, specific diets, products and equipment. We feature over 2,000 thoroughly researched and edited reviews, each averaging over 2800 words or 5.5 full pages. Reviews feature multiple citations to authoritative sources, Q&A sections and over 100,000 total user comments. See our review guidelines.
We also feature articles on topics and ingredients related to nutrition and weight loss that have been reviewed by well-known nutrition experts like Anthony Dugarte MD, Roxanne Moore RDN, Natalie Rizzo RD, Danielle Omar RDN, Devon Golem RD, Erin Peisach, RDN, and Arlene Semeco RDN.
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Our view on dieting and weight loss, which goes against conventional wisdom but is nonetheless backed by abundant scientific research, is that dieting success is all about maintaining a reasonable diet, as well as by putting into practice a set of long-term habits. Unfortunately, most people looking to lose weight are taught to count calories, which engages the dieter in a losing battle with his or her biology. It’s also the main reason why 95% of dieters gain weight back within just two years.
It’s true that most dieters are all-too-familiar with the “dieting merry-go-round”, which looks like this:
- Restrict calories to lose weight.
- Walk around hungry and obsessed with food.
- Gain weight.
As the cycle above demonstrates, calorie restriction or calorie counting, which is what most dieters have been taught to do, doesn’t help for long-term weight loss.
Instead, dieting success is all about eating a reasonable diet and putting into practice a set of long-term patterns and habits.
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To this end, everything we do at DietSpotlight is steered by these Guiding Principles:
- Avoid the “calories-in, calories-out” model of dieting. Dieters who count calories as the foundation of their diet often fight a losing battle with their biology.
- Lower your intake of highly processed foods, refined grains and added sugar. The result is lower insulin levels, which in turn guides you to sustainable weight loss.
- Learn best practices such as:
- Eating smaller, more frequent meals – though new research suggests eating fewer meals a day could be beneficial for some.
- Setting small, achievable goals.
- Weighing yourself more than once a week, according to Obesity – a Research Journal.
- Exercising portion control.
- Not skipping breakfast.
- Eating mindfully.
- Set a goal of reaching and maintaining the livable, low end of your body’s natural set point. As a result, you’ll increase the chances of getting off the dieting merry-go-round, no longer walking around frustrated, hungry or obsessed with food.
- Realize weight loss is not related to willpower. In fact, fifty years of research shows willpower isn’t correlated with losing weight and keeping it off.
- Partner with your doctor and, if needed, other medical professionals.
- Exercise at least 30 mins/day. Walking is perfectly fine. It not only helps weight loss but heart health, according to Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases.
- Keep a detailed food journal.
- Join a support group.
Bottom line, our mission is to help our readership understand the “eat-less, move-more” or “calories-in, calories-out” philosophy of weight loss is both outdated and scientifically unsupported.
Indeed, the research shows losing weight and keeping it off is much more about clear of highly processed foods, combined with exercise and a healthy lifestyle. As it turns out, dieting success is not about increasing your willpower, counting calories or eating low-fat foods.
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Giving back is at the heart of our culture.
One cause close to our hearts is fighting childhood hunger. To this end, we started the Donate the Weight initiative. The idea is simple: for every product we sell, we feed a child in need. Our money goes directly to The Malilangwe Trust, which funds feeding stations in Zimbabwe. Members of our team visited these feeding sites in person prior to any donations. The program provides a balanced meal every school day to Zimbabwean children, most of whom are under the age of five.
In addition, each year since 2013 we sponsor the Dietspotlight Essay Scholarship. This program offers extraordinary students across the United States an opportunity to win up to $3,000 each in financial aid to pursue studies related to diet and nutrition.
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LAST MODIFIED: 4/5/2021