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Comparing diets is something of a national pastime in America: pitting the Atkins Diet against the Paleo Diet against the South Beach Diet. It also extends into medical research.
But a provocative new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association says researchers should stop comparing diets altogether.
Instead, it suggests researchers shift their focus to how to change behavior — forever.
“We need to understand the key to adherence — and it does not appear to be the content of the diet,” Pagoto said. “It’s more of the context of the dieter.”