Friday, December 28, 2012

Why Do So Many Weight Loss New Year's Resolutions Fail?

Why do so many weight loss New Year's resolutions fail?
I was browsing through the weight loss news today when I came upon this article about weight loss.
It shed some light as to why so many weight loss new year's resolutions fail.

"The dismal success rate of these New Year's diet resolutions is discouraging but it isn't particularly surprising, since 80% of all dieters fail to lose weight, and one-third even gain additional weight. But the upside to these depressing statistics is that they have given researchers the impetus to find out why losing weight is so difficult. So in hopes of keeping those resolutions alive, let's take a look at why so many well-intentioned weight loss efforts fail every January.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons why the failed New Year's diet has become such a cliché is that willpower is often no match for all the variables that influence eating habits. According to a 2009 study published in the journal Appetitefor example, the sheer complexity of most diet schemes, Weight Watchers in this case, may be enough to discourage many people from maintaining their weight loss efforts. The researchers found that the 390 study participants were more likely to give up their diets prematurely if they were “... not able to recall or process all required information for deciding what to eat.” Higher “self-efficacy,” the belief that they could lose weight, did encourage the participants to stay on their diets, but simplicity of the diet was still a better predictor of success. The researchers also noted that environmental factors, like keeping junk food around, could subdue willpower as well."
(Cameron English, Policymic) Original Manuscript Below
Willpower seems to be something that we all struggle with.
I know that we struggle with willpower, so here are a couple of tips for you guys.
1. Say No To Junk Food
Saying no to junk food is great for keeping willpower.
2. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal will allow you to really see what you are doing in your weight loss.
What do you guys think about this in relation to New Year's weight loss resolutions?
~Obesity Overload~ 

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