Are you tired of being lied to by the diet and weight-loss industry?
Posted Sep 28 2013 8:17pm
Before your next diet, here's what you need to know:
In the quest to lose weight, dieting is popular. In the United States, there are 108 million dieters who try to lose weight by cutting calories or eliminating certain foods.
Dieting isn't easy but dieters are determined. With the battle cry of try, try again, they typical dieter makes 4 to 5 attempts every year.
The diet and weight-loss industry is raking in money as dieters spend $60,000,000,000 every year. With that many dieters, and that much determination, and that much money being spent, surely all that dieting is making a difference, right?
More Americans are overweight or obese than ever before. The United States is second only to Mexico as the fattest nation in the world. There are record numbers of diabetes and heart disease.
Dieting isn't the answer.
A healthy diet is a good thing, but "dieting" implies that a diet is altered by elimination which can be harmful.
Many diets promise rapid weight loss in days or weeks but crash dieting is unhealthy and even dangerous. Healthy and safe weight loss is considered to be no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.
95% of dieters regain the weight that they lost on a diet and many dieters regain even more weight than they lost in the first place. This yo-yo dieting, or weight cycling, is physically taxing and stressful on the body. It can also lead to low self-esteem, depression, and guilt.
35% of all dieters become pathological dieters. 20-25% of those dieters develop eating disorders.
But that diet and weight-loss industry from trying to get your money by producing ads for diet and weight-loss programs that are full of lies, fads, and gimmicks. According to the Federal Trade Commission, "The use of false or misleading claims in weight-loss advertising is rampant."
Nearly 40% of diet and weight-loss ads make at least one claim that is "certainly false" and 55% of diet and weight-loss ads make claims that are "likely to be false."
Aren't you tired of being lied to by the diet and weight-loss industry?
Before your next diet, here's what you need to know.