Cultish diet doesn't work

A new study proves that the cultish Weight Watchers diet is just another recipe for low-fat failure -- but of course, that's not how it was spun in the media.

Weight Watchers is a major advertiser, and no one wants to tick them off -- so you probably heard that patients who tried the gimmicky points system and AA-style confessional meetings lost more than double the weight of patients who tried another diet.

And technically, that's true.

But take a look at the raw data from this company-funded study and you'll find that success looks an awful lot like failure. They found that overweight and obese dieters who were assigned to Weight Watchers lost an average of just 11.2 pounds -- and it took an entire year of cult meetings and point-swapping to do it.

The other dieters in the study weren't put on a real plan. They were just given easy-to-ignore diet advice from their doctor, and lost an average of 5.1 pounds.

So yes, Weight Watchers technically led to more weight loss. But put an obese person who lost 11.2 pounds next to one who's lost 5.1 pounds and try to figure out who's the "success story."

You can't -- because they'll pretty much look like twins. Fat twins who are both still badly overweight and still facing a dramatically higher risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and an early demise.

Forget Weight Watches. The best and only way to lose weight is to stick to a diet rich in animal fats and proteins and low in sugar, flour, and the rest of the carbs.

No meetings, no points, no exercise, no excuses.

Honestly, you don't need to know any more than that. Diet is discipline, not rocket science. But there's actually a faddish "new" diet on the scene that comes pretty close to mine.

Naturally, it finished dead last in the recent U.S. News & World Reports rankings that put Weight Watchers on top. But if you want to know more about it, don't turn to the news magazines that depend on diet company advertising dollars.

Turn to the latest issue of the Douglass Report, where I have everything you need to know about the "caveman diet."