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Why Do Diets Fail?

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

We all begin our diets with the best of intentions and various motivations. Perhaps you want to wear an article of clothing that has been sitting in your closet for a while, or perhaps you have a special occasion coming up, such as a holiday or a wedding.

In either case, while some of us succeed in our purpose, many of us revert to old behaviours or fail completely. So, we asked Heather Fry, our dietitian, a few questions to figure out why most diets fail…

Is willpower enough to succeed?

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Heather says...

“Unfortunately, most diets trigger hunger. You can only hold your breath for so long and you can only starve yourself for so long. As hunger dramatically increases, our cravings ramp up, and our metabolism slows way down to conserve energy.

Eating certain foods (low fat, higher carb, or sugary foods) increases hunger and slows metabolism. Here is where most people cave in – then the yo-yo dieting begins.

Our specially designed programmes hold your hand, motivate you and help you break that cycle. We get you thinking about lifelong changes. Rewiring your old habits takes a lot of effort, but the rewards are more than a quick fix: it’s about confidence.”

Is it important to have a plan?

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Heather says...

“Yes. A healthy diet and lifestyle is not something that just happens to you. It is something you have to plan, like a holiday or your retirement!

The sad truth is that we often don’t make a plan for healthy living because we don’t see ourselves as a priority. It’s time to change that and take back control of your health and wellbeing.”

How can Weight Loss Clinic help?

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Heather says...

“Our support programme is all about your future success. Making the changes you need so that when the programme ends, you have the tools to maintain your hard-earned weight loss, and not revert back to bad habits and weight regain.

We all know we have to eat better and move more, but after years of bad habits, it’s hard to break the cycle. The Weight Loss Clinic app is your pocket weight loss coach, with 24/7 access to all the tools you need to achieve your weight loss goals. But just as importantly, we’ll support you to change your habits to maintain that weight loss long term!”

Read more about Heather here.

Ready to begin your journey?

Book your Diet review with Heather for £50.

Call us on 0800 531 6703 or email enquiries@weightlossclinic.co.uk