Diets Don't Work Long Term, Survey Finds
work. Eighty-eight percent of dieters regained the weight they had
lost, and 39 percent of all dieters gained back even more, according to
results of a survey.
are created to help people lose weight, but they aren't designed to be
used long term," Sean McCosh, said vice president at SparkPeople.com,
which conducted the survey.
is, most people simply don't know how to make the transition from a
specific diet to a healthy lifestyle, so they end up failing." This
unhealthy weight-loss yo-yo causes frustration in 80 percent of
dieters, and in most cases, that frustration leads to emotional eating
and oversized portions.
vicious cycle," McCosh added. "Frustration leads to slip-ups which can
lead to binges and over a period of time this puts the pounds back on."
But fad diets
aren't the only precursors to the yo-yo cycle. Organized giants like
Weight Watchers and Atkins contribute as well. Of those surveyed, 65
percent had tried Weight Watchers. After quitting, 62 percent gained
back what they had lost, while a third put on even more weight.
of dieters surveyed had tried Atkins. Off the diet, 71 percent regained
their lost weight and 40 percent gained back more than they took off.
Why did they quit? Two-thirds of both Weight Watchers and Atkins
dieters said that counting points or carbs was cumbersome in everyday
situations and led to frustration.
data shows is that diets don't work long term," said McCosh. "People
need to learn how to turn diet restrictions into new eating habits that
fit their real life. Once the transition from a restrictive diet to the
healthy habit mentality is made, people are finally free from diet
failure and frustration."
is a weight loss Web site with over 100,000 members that teaches
frustrated dieters how to stop dieting for good and live a healthy
lifestyle. The site's philosophy, combined with smart motivational
strategies and a collection of personalized online tools, has helped
thousands of members lose weight and keep it off, company officials
For more information on SparkPeople.com, go to www.SparkPeople.com.