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November 7, 2017

There’s a new-age proverb in the dietitian community that more people seem to be agreeing with:

Diets don’t work.

Why don’t they work? In the traditional sense, diets are restrictive and ultimately unsustainable. They tend to focus on short-term results instead of long-term behavior change, and when it finally comes to an end, the dieter feels lost as to how to live a normal, balanced life thereafter. Past behaviors can start creeping back, and the cycle of dieting continues.

This is not only harmful mentally and physically, but can serve as an unhealthy model for our younger generation.

A new study is supporting the notion that a multidisciplinary, behavior-focused approach to improving health is more effective long-term. The study used a program model called the Teaching Kitchen, which combines hands-on cooking classes with education sessions in mindfulness, health coaching, nutrition education, and physical activity. The Teaching Kitchen takes a “technique-driven, re...

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