Struggling to keep the weight off is a roller coaster ride for many dieters

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 18th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Dieting is constantly on the minds of many overweight individuals. However, how successful are these diets and dieters.


Most people who have dieted know how easy it is to put the weight back on. Dieting often produces the yo yo effect with weight coming off during the diet and then regained with a few extra pound each time.

Survey results

A new survey produced by the Heart and Stroke Associations found that almost two thirds of Canadians have dieted within in the last five years, but most (62 percent) of these people were unable to keep it off. The diabetics in this survey who needed to loss the weight the most, for health reasons, gained even more weight.

This survey, which also took a separate look at diabetes and their progress, found that 70 percent of them regained the weight and added more on within the five-year period.

The heart and stroke foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation clearly sees the battle of the bulge as a roller coaster ride with many Canadians trying weight lost plans and then abandoning them. They see part of the problem to be a dichotomy of sorts. On the one hand, Canadians are willing to go out and purchase weight lifting equipment or gym memberships, while on the other hand, they are equally ready to go out and try diet fads and other scientifically unproven methods for weight loss.

According to the survey, over a third of the participants tried meal replacement bars and shakes, 23 percent had attempted to get the weight off with vitamin supplements and herbs, and 39 percent of the dieters restricted their intake of different foods or food groups.

Some of these methods did get the weight off, but the weight tended to come back again. Furthermore there is not enough research available demonstrating the long-term effect from these fad diets. Many loss weight quickly on these diets, however, research points to slow and steady weight loss as being the healthier and more efficient approach.


Also alarming was the fact that only one out of four participants were advised by their doctor to lose weight and most doctors were too busy to monitor the weight loss and provide proper nutritional information.

Clearly dieters are in need of proper weight loss information. The burning question may very well be not that you are attempting a weight loss program but exactly what weight loss program are you attempting?

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
18th Feb 2015 (#)

A very helpful data and an article for healthy lifestyle option.Keep crackin' keep writing and keep sharing Carol!

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