There are so many things to know about diets – good and bad.
Knowing some of these will hopefully encourage you to give yourself a break and throw the diet rule book in the bin.
There is a truck-load of nonsense spouted about weight loss – on the internet, in the media and via urban myths etc etc etc. It’s hard not to be taken in by the hype. And when you’ve been unhappy with your weight for a long time, it’s easy to be seduced by miraculous weight loss claims.
But that’s all they often really are; schemes to get you to part with your money because 95% of dieters fail and only 1-in-100 slimmers keep the weight off for more than a year. Even Weight Watchers agree via their former Finance Director Richard Samber saying … (the) company was successful because 84% of customers can’t keep the weight off and keep coming back. “That’s where your business comes from,” he said. Charming.
Here’s a little more info that made us go “hhmmm?”
#1. The ‘diet industry in North America alone pulled in a humongous $570 billion in 2014
And the only reason they’re able to keep raking in the cash? Well don’t take it from us, Richard Samber, former Finance Director of Weight Watchers between 1968-1993, one of the biggest ‘diet’ companies in the world, once admitted that the company was successful because 84% of customers can’t keep the weight off and keep coming back. “That’s where your business comes from”, he said. If you don’t believe us, click here to see the report from none-less than the BBC.
Simple; Diets don’t work.
So if it were me, I wouldn’t give them anymore.
I’d buy a pair of killer heels or give the money to charity instead.
#2. 95% of dieters fail to lose weight
Yep, that’s right. Virtually everyone who goes on a diet doesn’t lose weight.
So why do you keep doing it to yourself?
Isn’t it time to try something new?
#3. 80% of dieters put on weight
This might sound like an oxymoron, but is absolutely true, too.
It’s hard to get your head around because the word ‘diet’ is synonymous with weight loss. But in most cases, the fastest way to end up heavier is to start a diet.
Don’t believe us? Just ask Kirstie Alley, Lauren Goodger or any of the other celebrities who’ve used extreme diets to promote diet products, only to pile on the pounds again later.
#4. Nearly 50% of men and 66% of women are on a diet right now
Isn’t that a sad statistic?
In the UK – half the men and two thirds of all the women you know are currently restricting themselves with pointless diets and unnecessary food restrictions. These will be affecting their mood, energy levels and enjoyment of life, because they don’t (yet) know there’s a better way to get the body they want.
Surprisingly too; an average UK woman will also spend around £20,000 in a life time trying to lose weight!
Do them a favour and share this post with them (please).
#5. 90% of teenagers diet regularly
You thought the last statistic was sad? Isn’t it even more depressing to think that such a large proportion of young people have caught the diet disease, too? And this is where their lifelong problems with emotional eating and yo-yo dieting will begin – as they did for most of us.
Remember #3 – where we told you 80% of dieters gain weight. That’s how it all starts.
#6. 35% of dieters are addicted to dieting
If you too started dieting when you were a teenager, it’s highly likely that you are now addicted to dieting. Yep, in much the same way as people become addicted to crack cocaine. You’ve been restricting yourself, bingeing and starting again on Monday for so long that you’ve forgotten how to eat in anything other than a disordered fashion. And it’s a hard habit to break – especially as food and eating is so central to our lives. But it can be done, and it’s easier than you think when you have the tools to make changes in your life.
#7. Most dieters try to lose weight between 4-5 times per year
You would think we’d learn after the first time it didn’t work, wouldn’t you?
But we’re so conditioned by the diet industry, and the media, to believe that diet = weight loss. But it really doesn’t. The opposite is true. And in 95% of cases, diet = weight gain.
But as a nation of yo-yo dieters we keep on putting ourselves (and our bodies) through it – up to five times every year. And 61% of people in the UK are still overweight.
This is probably the most shocking of all the facts we’ve presented about diets in this article. But you could argue that dieting itself is a form of disordered eating. And continually engaging in disordered eating patterns by massively restricting calories – or not eating a balanced diet that is full of vitamins and minerals can lead to long-term health problems.
#9. Crash dieting won’t get you a beach body
When you go on a fad diet that promotes super-fast weight loss, it might feel good to see the numbers on the scales drop quickly. Right? But did you know that extreme diets can cause you to lose muscle and other tissue as well as fat?
So it you’re aiming for a hot-to-trot body that looks good on the beach, it’s much better to lose weight slowly and steadily.
Every year, losing weight is the number one stated New Year’s Resolution. But if diets worked it wouldn’t be, would it?
The only sure-fire way to reduce the amount you weigh is to make a life-style decision and change habits for the long-term. Short-term does not work and the research and science tells us that over and over. Make much smaller lasting changes and you will be able to lose weight and much importantly … keep it from coming back.
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No fad diets, magic potions, pills or gadgets. We focus on the psychology of weight loss because that is what works.