IRVING, TEXAS—Happy New Year everyone--a time when everyone seems to be a pitching a diet plan.
From Charles Barkley to Mariah Carey and Marie Osmond--everyone wants your weight loss business--but what about just eating on a schedule?
"One of my biggest mantras is don't do anything to lose weight that you can't do for the rest of your life,” Dr. Cluff said. “That's a diet and diets fail."
Dr. Cluff goes over a weight loss checklist with patients which include a pledge to never go on another diet.
Dr. Cluff said eating on a schedule is not the same as eating numerous small meals all day and that eating as many as six or seven small meals a day doesn't leave people feeling satisfied.
"That's the downfall, plus you think you've been good, hey, I've been doing well so hey I can eat, I deserve that for I can afford that from a metabolic standpoint."
Dr. Cluff added that people can actually gain weight.
Karan Scaife said she’s tried the small meal plan and diet pills but realized that pills could make her blood pressure rise and the only thing harder than planning three meals a day is planning six.
"Probably by dinner time I do find myself doing that,” Karen said. “I do over-indulge myself more than I should."
Dr. Cluff said people do lose weight on diet plans but when they stop buying the food or drop out of the club the weight loss ends.
"As long as you're relying on somebody else to do the work for you, you'll never have long term success," Dr. Cluff said.
As for Karan--she's switching from eating small meals and snacks all day to three squares and a snack--she hopes that in 2012 less is more.
"I do want to try to do something new, something different that will work a little better for me." Karan said.