Many of us started the New Year with the resolution to finally lose some weight. And many of us have broken that resolution already. The festive break is fast becoming a distant memory and for many, New Year fitness regimes are too. Despite 2.6m people starting diets last Tuesday, research suggests that this weekend 92 per cent of dieters gave up, shunning exercise and gorging on comfort food. Almost 40 per cent of dieters said their sneaky food habits began on Friday and around two-thirds revealed that they finished their indulgent stint with a traditional Sunday roast .
A survey suggest 92 per cent of dieters fell off the wagon this weekend. Findings, released by weightloss firm XLS-Medical, suggest that the vast majority are unsuccessful at sticking to their diets for more than five days a week. Two out of 10 dieters admitted they have their first diet relapse just four to five days in, with hunger cited as the main cause. Boredom and alcohol were also blamed for people failing to keep their health kick on track.
Dr Matt Capehorn, Clinical Director of the National Obesity Forum, highlighted that just one day off from dieting can undo a week’s worth of hard work. He told Female First: ‘A healthy diet, aimed at losing 1lb [just under half a kilo] per week, relies on saving 3500 [14700kj] calories a week by having 500 calories [2100kj] less each day. A day off the diet should mean that you eat the correct amount, but many dieters see it as an excuse to binge and have thousands of calories more than they need. They can easily end up having more excess calories in that one day than they have saved throughout the whole week of sticking to a diet.’
The results suggest that a massive 590000 could already have failed to stick to New Year diet resolutions. And a vast majority are unaware of the negative impact a single day off can have on their weight loss efforts. More than 70 per cent of dieters questioned admitted to eating a takeaway at least once a week, with Chinese – which contains an average of 1 400 [5 880kj] calories per portion – being the favourite. Again, around 70 per cent of those questioned also revealed that they eat out once a week, with Italian restaurants being the most popular, despite the average pizza topping around 1000 calories. Overall it was found only 5 per cent of women stick to their diets until they’ve reached their target weight.
Dr Capehorn added: ‘This survey suggests that many dieters are completely unaware. We need to educate people who are trying to lose weight and encourage them not to relax their diets too much over the weekend.’
While it’s important not to be too hard on ourselves when we fail, perhaps it’s time for us to get real about our dieting habits and acknowledge that often, we simply eat too much.
Written by Sadie Whitelocks, this article originally appeared in the Daily Mail