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Personal trainer Mike Fitzgerald on why diets are prone to fail
4:06pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Leisure latest news
Bexleyheath personal trainer Mike Fitzgerald, who works freelance and at PureGym in Greenwich, looks at why diets are prone to fail.
As a sport and exercise scientist and personal trainer, every time a new fad diet is talked about I wince.
I know exactly what will happen.
A certain percentage of people won’t lose any weight because it is simply too restrictive (banning key food groups).
A certain percentage will lose some weight but not quickly enough so will quit (over-expectation).
A further percentage will lose a reasonable amount of weight, but within six months to a year they would have put all the weight back on again (yo-yo dieting).
The diet industry is worth £2 billion in the UK alone. The reason the diet industry is so successful is because it FAILS.
If diets worked, people would do one and be set for life!
They wouldn’t need to buy another new book, or particular foods or health shakes ever again.
A former diet industry director said recently that customer failure was a significant part of their success.
So, how do you lose weight? I’m afraid it’s the old fashioned way of portion control, getting your five-a-day, and avoiding as much alcohol, sugars and saturated fats as possible. Sounds boring … but it works!
Mike runs Mike Fitz Personal Training and takes on all clients with goals. He specialises in weight management, body composition, high intensity training and sport-specific fitness. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07795485426.
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