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Why diets make you fatter [news]

Fact: Almost without exception, anyone who tries to lose weight rapidly with a diet fails. They might shed kilos in the short term but will ultimately put it all back on - and then some. In fact, one of the authors of a study published in the American Psychologist journal in 2007 went so far as to call dieting ''a consistent predictor of future weight gain''. Perversely, it seems, if you want to get fatter, just go on a diet and wait for a bit.