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Statistics that Will Make You Stop Dieting

dietingDieting? You might want to rethink your decision. Although you may think you’re doing yourself some good, you may actually be doing yourself a huge disservice in the long run. In the end dieting can be more detrimental to you and your health than carrying around a few extra pounds. Yo-yo dieting, especially, puts a lot of strain on your body, your heart and other vital organs.

In the last 10 years, about 70% of adult females and 30% of males have been on a diet. Further 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are on a diet at any given time.  If you are currently one of these statistics, consider the following:

  1. Unsustainable Results: Studies have shown that dieters lose 5 – 10% of their starting weight in the first 6 months, but then it inevitably tapers. A study showed that 2/3 of American dieters regained all the weight  they had lost within a year, and 97% gained it all back within five years.
  2. The Fish vs Fishing Factor: Dieting can be assimilated to the old adage that when you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life. Many diets include pre-packaged food, diet pills or meal plans, but neglect to teach dieters proper nutrition. When dieters go off their diet, they don’t know how to eat healthy and maintain results. As a result, the weight returns.
  3. The Bigger Picture: Studies show that the most effective way of losing weight and maintaining weight loss is to restrict caloric intake AND perform regular exercise. Diets neglect the emotional side of eating, and the importance of exercise. It is important to address weight loss from a holistic perspective.
  4. Cost: The dieting industry is a $68.7 billion industry and continues to grow. This continued success of the weight loss industry proves that dieting is an ineffective way to lose weight. Otherwise, if there was one effective way to do so, the dieting industry would be out of business. Forbes analyzed the cost of about a dozen popular diets and found that the average diet costs 50% more than what an average American spends on food. The most expensive and one of the most popular – Jenny Craig – costs $137 a week. This is nearly triple that of the national average of $54 a week spent on the average American’s food bill.

Change your life by changing your mentality towards health, nutrition and wellness.  Stop dieting, start eating and start seeing the results that you want…for the long term!

Sources: Forbes

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