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The Takeaway: Can the CICO Diet Help You Lose Weight?
Yes, you likely will achieve your short-term weight loss goals if you take the CICO approach. But keep this in mind: One- to two-thirds of all dieters regain more than they lost within four to five years, according to a study published in American Psychologist. It’s best to use the CICO approach while working with a registered dietitian who can help you find a balanced meal plan that fits your goals and lifestyle, and that you can maintain over the long run.
“It’s clear that with this calories in, calories out thing I’m not paying enough attention to nutrients,” says Stock, who does not recommend CICO dieting despite how effective it was for his weight loss. “It leaves you without enough energy, and unless your weight is a genuine health concern, being on any calorie-restrictive diet leaves you too focused on the numbers without regard to your general nutrition.”
“My resolution in the New Year is to take care of myself, the proper way,” he adds.