Abysmal Statistics on keeping the weight off

I received a comment today on one of my YouTube videos, which said the following…

“Sadly it’s not true that the slower you go, the more likely you are to keep it off. The statistics for long term maintenance are pretty abysmal, regardless of the rate of loss, or the method of loss. No matter how fast a person loses, all of us are fighting the same battle to maintain that loss.”

Lets put aside the fact that the commenter stated no statistics, and basically insinuated that crash dieting is as effective as gradual weight loss. He is partially right. The odds of us keeping off our way are abysmal.

Nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years, according to Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania. The statistics for dieters who lose weight rapidly, according to Wellsphere, a website sponsored by Stanford University, is worse. Only 5 percent of people who lose weight on a crash diet will keep the weight off.

If you want a quick reason on the physiological effects of crash dieting, click here.

My YouTube vlog simply stated that if you are obese there are probably behavioral problems you need to deal with. I found Cognitive behavioral therapy gave me a healthy way to lose the weight in a realistic time frame. It certainly didn’t feel like a diet, I felt like I was changing my life for the better.


One comment on “Abysmal Statistics on keeping the weight off

  1. cocoalight says:

    Everyone has their path, there is no wrong or right way. Whatever works for you is the GOLDEN TICKET FOR YOU. Just as long as we keep it off in the long run, we are ALL in the same boat:-) Best of luck to all of my brothers and sisters in the weight loss/maintenance mode. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

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