If you want to make a change to the way you eat make it small but sustainable – that way you can make it 12 months down the track with results to show.
Evidence has shown for decades that diets don’t work.
Most of us know it, and science has shown it time and again: most people who go on a diet will eventually gain back the weight lost, and very likely more.
Along the way, dieters may also mess up their metabolism and their relationship with food.
And yet it seems human nature attracts us to diets and restrictive ways of eating. That temptation is particularly strong after times of indulgence – cue the festive season, after which we atone for our dietary excess by embarking on whatever weight-loss regime is currently in the limelight.
It’s the promise of the quick fix that attracts us, as diet creators know.
And yes, if you diet you can lose weight – there are rules and restrictions, after all. Whatever the plan – fasting, low-carb, raw – there are foods that are banned, meaning we’re almost certainly going to eat less.
But we also know that the only way we can keep weight off is by sticking to that diet for life. As anyone who’s ever been on a diet knows, that is next to impossible.
A recent survey showed that almost one in four (23 percent) respondents said they had followed a weight loss diet in the last year. Women outnumbered men, and 20 percent of respondents said they’d tried a low-carb diet, 17 percent had tried intermittent fasting, and 11 percent tried the keto diet. There was probably some crossover between these groups from people trying more than one diet.
It’s disheartening to see young people most attracted to dieting. The numbers jump to one in three on weight-loss diets among those aged 15-34. A quarter of this group had also tried low-carb and fasting diets.