Weight loss

Why dieting is so hard

Top ten excuses for not losing weight

Shedding unwanted pounds requires the same level of willpower as kicking a smoking habit, according to the results of a recent survey.

In a survey of 5,000 British adults, commissioned by natural weight loss product APPEsat, 76% of people questioned had a range of reasons at hand to justify why those pounds just refuse to shift.

Explanations, some may say excuses, used by men and women for not losing weight included being big boned, having a large appetite and saying that healthy foods are not filling enough.

Although men claimed to have more willpower than women, they were equally as good at coming up with excuses, the most common being they were happy just the way they were.

In the survey, 81% of women and 69% of men admitted they had dieted at some point in their lives. The most common reason given by over a third of women (35%) for breaking a diet was slipping up and eating something they shouldn’t.

Chocolate was found to be the biggest temptation for 44% of women, while 27% said they couldn't resist crisps. But for men, a kebab was the food most likely to break their willpower (15%).

Commenting on the survey, nutritionist Mary Strugar said: "Keeping our appetite under control is a key element in maintaining the willpower needed to lose weight and stay slim.

"Restricting food intake on a regular basis causes hunger pangs that place us in the path of temptation, which is why many people simply give up and break their diets early.

Recognise any of these?

Top 10 reasons given for not losing weight

  • I can’t resist temptation
  • I’m too busy to exercise and prepare healthy meals
  • I’m happier as I am
  • I lose weight but it just creeps back on
  • My appetite is too big
  • I’m not feeling up to it
  • It’s my natural body shape
  • I’m an emotional eater
  • I am big boned
  • Healthy foods don’t fill me up

This article was published on Fri 20 November 2009

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