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Diets Ditched After Seventeen Days

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on Thursday, 16 January 2014
More than two thirds of New Year dieters will ditch their weight loss regime by the 17th of January, says a new poll.

Research by money saving website found three per cent only last until the end of day one, 12% manage to go the distance for a week, 24% last two weeks, and seventeen days in a further 28% will have ditched the diet.

Of those remaining, 12% claimed they’d last until the end of the month, with 21% saying they would stick to their new regime for several months, although they expected some blips along the way.

The survey questioned 580 adults on their dieting habits and how they planned to shed the weight.  41% said they’d cut calories simply by watching what they eat and by exercising more. Techniques included eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, cutting out processed meals, reducing their alcohol consumption and walking instead of using the car. Just over a quarter, 26% said they joined a slimming club to help them lose the excess pounds.  While 19% opted for online diet and fitness plans, with those remaining deciding to sign up with a personal trainer at the gym, lose weight with a group of friends or pay for a diet plan, which includes prepared meals.

Brits spend 32 years on a diet

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A new study has revealed that the average British adult spends 32 years of their life on a diet.

In a study commissioned by Del Monte Naturally Light, over 4,000 people were asked about their dieting habits. Three quarters of the adult population admitted they are unhappy about their weight and yo-yo dieted each and every year.

The average amount of time spent on a diet was 6.29 months of the year. Among the British population, just 1 in 4 people (24%) are perfectly happy with their current weight; only 4% think they need to gain weight.

Some 70% of people would like to lose weight, even if only a few pounds (46%) with a quarter of these (24%) feeling like they have a lot of weight to shift.

Men are slightly more content with their weight than women, however the research shows that a significant proportion of them also wish to slim down (64%) compared to 76% of women.

Nearly all of those questioned, (90%) have no idea how many calories are in a range of everyday foods and drinks; despite the figures being printed on packaging. And 7 out of 10 people in the UK do not know the recommended daily calorie intake for men and women. Dieters cited a love of food and a lack of willpower as the main reasons for struggling to keep to a diet.

“Diet fads come and go, but it seems that there is always a new way to get thinner, which is why it may come as no surprise that the average woman spends an alarming number of years on a diet,” explains nutritional therapist Juliette Grove. “By far the best diet is a sustained combination of healthy eating and exercise.”

Embracing life, not style

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on Tuesday, 08 January 2013
Usually, at this moment in January, I say something like: well, we got through Christmas. In my family, the tradition is that someone goes into meltdown. The cliff-hanger is that each year no-one knows who it will be. (Quite often, me.) But in this dreich festive season, as the rains fell and the gales blew, the entire clan generated collective internal sunshine. Everyone was wreathed in smiles, excellent and useful presents were exchanged, the lunch went without a hitch. I even gave a little party.

I was thinking about quite why it was so delightful this year, and I came to slightly odd conclusion. From my own point of view, it was because I read no magazines.

I do not mean interesting generalist publications, like the dear old Lady. I mean what are horribly called Lifestyle Magazines. I object, on about eight different principles, to the very term lifestyle. I think one has a life, not a lifestyle. The very use of the word suggests something superficial, competitive, meretricious and commercial. It’s all about keeping up with the Armstrong-Joneses. In my darker moments, I think it as part of the great conspiracy to make the women sad.

I used to think that the lifestyle mags were very helpful, especially coming up to the yuletide season. Here would be another cunning recipe for stuffing, there would be a charming way of decorating the house. I would buy them all, and try to copy them, in my small, paltry way.
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The problem with this is that failure is built in. Life will never, ever look as seamless and shining and lovely as a picture on a glossy page. Your own ham will never be quite as gleaming and glazed (mostly because it is not covered in brown shoe polish); your own house will never be quite as inviting and box-fresh. The rational brain knows quite well that the photographs are as alluring as they are thanks to lighting and stylists and tricks of the trade. The sane brain knows none of it is real. But the irrational brain wails: why, why, why is my life not like that?

I’m not on a jeremiad against the mags. They can entertain and divert. I just think it’s really important to remember that they exist to sell things. In order to be put into a buying mood, people need to be riled into a mild state of discontent. There must be the sense of something missing. Then – le voilà! – there is the solution. This frock, that standard lamp, this pair of shoes is the ultimate solution to every existential ill that ails you.

This year, I had no time for discontent. I was worn out from work, coming up on a tight deadline, and fragile from mourning my beloved dog, who had to be put down in November. I needed a really happy Christmas. So, for once in my life, I did not give a bugger about what Nigella was going to do, or which stuffing Jamie was going to use. I had no use for the faintly smug decorating tips of the famous. I was not going to compete against the impossible standards of the magazine version of life or style.

After a frenzied moment of Christmas panic about three weeks out, I calmed myself,  went to the village flower shop, and with the happy feeling of supporting a local business, bought armfuls of eucalyptus and holly and ivy. I flung it all about and felt amazingly happy at the cheering vista of green. No one would come and photograph it, but it was real and it was mine and I loved it. I was not doing the ideal Christmas, I just did the authentic, slightly muddly human version.

And now, in the same novel tradition, I am not looking at the January features about detoxification, and cleansing diets, and losing those festive pounds. I have invented my own new year health plan, which involves stomping round a muddy field in pursuit of a very determined little Welsh pony. I am free-schooling her, and it is the best and funniest exercise either of us ever had. We are both going to be fit as a butcher’s dog by the end of it. Then I come in from the weather and eat some chicken soup. It is the Pony-and-Chicken-Soup Plan. It doesn’t really trip off the tongue, and you will not find it in any lifestyle section. I shall not be able to spin it into a best-selling book and retire on the proceeds. But it is, without a doubt, the best January regime I ever found.

Compliments help 85% of dieters to stick to their weight loss regime

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on Wednesday, 02 January 2013
With almost three quarters of us (72%) starting 2013 unhappy with our weight and almost a fifth (18%) of dieters admitting to feeling fat every single day of the week, new research from XLS-Medical Fat Binder, reveals that our New Year diet confidence suffers after just two weeks.

Almost two fifths (39%) of dieters admit to giving up by mid-January primarily as a result of following a restrictive programme alongside coping with the demands from work and home.

The top diet plan that slimmer’s are most likely to stick to, is one that is easy to follow and doesn’t impact on their daily routine (42%).

Nicole Ehlen, Marketing Manager for XLS-Medical Fat Binder, comments: "Many dieters lead busy lives and don’t have the time or energy to spend hours following a complex weight loss regime. A plan that can be easily incorporated into a dieter’s normal routine will have a higher likelihood of making those weight loss goals a reality."

The research also found that boosting a dieters confidence is central to combating the yo-yo diet mentality. A simple and sincere compliment, like ‘have you lost weight?’(66%) or ‘you look great’ (53%) helps motivate 85% of dieters to stick to their weight loss regime.

More than a quarter of dieters (26%), said they lose motivation when their weight loss efforts go unnoticed. 

Shockingly the research also reveals that almost one in ten of us (9%) admit to actively encouraging a dieter to fall off the wagon. Furthermore, dieters are increasingly encountering the rise of the ‘compl-insult’ – a compliment that is intended to be an insult. The most common code words for fat were revealed as: ‘Well-nourished’ (37%); ‘Curvy’ (36%); ‘You’re looking well’ (33%)

Perhaps this explains why dieters are welcoming the attention of wolf whistles from strangers. More than half (54%) would like to be on the receiving end of a wolf whistle and 28% regard this as one of the biggest motivators to weight loss.

And it seems our lack of genuine compliments may be having a more serious impact on the resolve of New Year dieters in the UK. While many of us shrug off our New Year’s resolutions, this lack of commitment has harsher consequences for dieters. Half of the people feeling overweight said they will avoid going swimming, 1 in 5 refuse to socialise with new people because of their size and worryingly, 1 in 10 parents feel their size prevents them from taking part in activities with their children, demonstrating the far reaching consequences of being overweight.

Words by Katy Pearson

Beauty starts from within...

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We've all heard it before, and we all know it to be true. Even the prettiest of faces can become quite plain if not backed up good character.

But the old adage can also be taken quite literally. That is, what you put inside you has a direct and specific effect on how you look.

There are a whole host of delicious foods which will add zing to your skin. Introducing these to your diet is not only easy, but it will do far more than any topical application of cream ever could.

Top nutritionist Amanda Ursell has put together a list of the best beauty-enhancing foods. Says Amanda: 'Research has begun to reveal how vitamins, minerals and super nutrients in food can help from improving skin smoothness to improving skin elasticity and counteracting some of the sun’s ageing damage.


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