Faddy diets can lead to a cycle of yo-yo weight gain and loss that can be damaging to your confidence and self-esteem, experts warn.
New figures from Slimming World show a poll found more than one in five women (21%) have been on at least five diets and regained weight and 6% have been on at least 20 diets without keeping the pounds off.
This month's European Obesity Day is using the theme ‘stop yo-yo’ to raise awareness of “the dangerous cycle of repeated loss and regain of body weight and its dramatic effects on mental and physical health”.
Faddy diets that have proved popular in recent years include low-carb plans or meals including tiny portions, even baby food!
Dr Jacquie Lavin, Slimming World’s Head of Nutrition and Research, said: “These diets can rarely be kept up in the long term as hunger, feelings of deprivation or other possible side effects force people who follow them to give up and go back to their old way of eating, causing them to put any weight they lost back on again.”