Absurd "study" pushes stomach slashing surgery for weight loss

It sounds like something a crook with a blade might say during a stickup -- "Just surrender to the knife and you'll be fine."

But in this case it's the bizarre conclusion of a new study on diet as researchers claim that non-surgical approaches to weight loss simply don't work.

If you're overweight or obese, they claim, there's absolutely nothing you can do about it on your own... and even if you do manage to lose weight, you're doomed to gain it all back anyway.

That's not just depressing, distressing and discouraging.

It's also downright deceptive!

Sure, at first glance it seems like the researchers covered all their bases when they say they tracked 278,982 overweight and obese people for a decade. But what they're not so quick to reveal is that it's entirely possible not a single one of those 278,982 overweight and obese people ever truly tried to lose so much as an ounce.

The researchers appear to have simply assumed that most of them must've tried to lose weight at some point in that decade. But while it's a safe bet that at least some may have tried, it's an equally safe bet that most didn't.

And those who did almost certainly tried fad diets, calorie counting and other plans that are doomed to fail from the start.

So what gives?

A closer look at the study reveals the real motivation behind this half-baked research. The researchers have been planning all along to use the data they collected to ultimately examine the "benefits" of stomach-shrinking surgery.

And you can bet when they're done, the cheerleading for risky weight loss surgery will go up a couple of notches.

Don't give up and don't give in. You're not doomed to obesity no matter what these researchers claim, and I see the real-world evidence in my clinic nearly every day.

I work with dieters all the time, both folks who've never tried to shed the extra pounds and those who tried and gave up -- and I'm here to tell you that in every case, they were able to finally succeed at weight loss without going near the operating room.

I've found the best approach is often a short period of a very low-calorie diet to detoxify and reset your system, followed by the gradual reintroduction of other foods, including healthier versions of the foods you already love.

In general, the Mediterranean diet allows for the widest variety of filling foods, which makes it really easy to stick to.

If you're truly determined to lose weight, you can do it on your own. But if you need help, don't be afraid to ask a holistic medical doctor experienced in natural weight loss programs.