For as long as I can remember I have been dieting, well it seems like forever. I have spent hundreds if not thousands on different dieting products and to be honest haven’t really had much success until now. So how long do people diet for?
A recent survey has revealed that the Brits spend at least 14 years of their lives dieting, now that’s a lot. To find out more on this story I have taken an extract from the Huffingtonpost.co.uk
Study: How Long Do People Diet For?
If your ‘diet starts on Monday’ mantra has failed you on many occasions and those good intentions of detoxing go down the toilet when your mid-afternoon chocolate craving trumps your homemade carrot stick and celery combo – you’re not alone.
In fact, you’re in good company as Brits spend 14 years of their life trying to (and failing) to stick to a diet.
According to a survey of 2,000 people by Philips, yo-yo dieters of Britain spend between four to five months a year counting calories and obsessing over each mouthful.
The study also predicts that in the future, one in 10 women will spend even more years of their lives dieting (up to 18 years in total) as they become more determined to shed the weight.
So what drives us to become serial dieters?
While one in four people admit that images of super svelte celebrities make them want to diet, 66% revealed that it’s the thought of wearing skimpier clothes in the summer that motivate them to get into shape.
And it’s not just women who dread revealing all in a bikini or strapless tops when the weather heats up – the study also discovered a growing trend of male dieters who spend around two to three months a year trying to lose weight in time for summer. Read the full story here.
Isn’t it scary to know how much time we spend dieting. But if I’m honest, this time round I don’t actually feel as though I’m dieting at all. Since I joined Slimming World I have learnt how to make sensible, healthy food choices, and instead of having the feeling of food restriction, which I feel only makes you want to eat more of what you can’t have anyway, I now feel I have more food options, only the choices are a lot more healthier.
The best part is my whole family can sit around the table and enjoy the same meal. I’m not left looking like some kind of a weirdo drinking my pink coloured, liquidized Sunday roast shake through a straw, whiles the rest of my family enjoy a full on Sunday roast with all the trimmings. No, this is not just a diet, this is a way of life, and I plan for my family and I to continue eating this way, even after I’ve reached my weight loss goal.
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