12 April 2011

Weight loss: Will you succeed?

Are you in the process of trying to shake a few kilos? Determine your chances of success with the help of DietDoc.

Every day literally millions of people all over the world decide that the time has come for them to lose weight and start a diet and/or exercise programme. If this applies to you today, then it may be a good idea to determine what your chances of success are going to be.

This could be due to a number of influences such as the "yo-yo diet effect", increased production of the gastric hormone called ghrelin, which counteracts weight loss, depressed or disturbed metabolism caused by slimming pills, or loss of lean muscle mass after using starvation diets.

  • Choose a sensible, balanced slimming diet, i.e. a low-fat, high-fibre diet, or join Weigh-Less or Weight Watchers (both these organisations advocate the use of balanced, low-fat diets).
  • Lose weight slowly and steadily to make sure it stays off this time.
  • Do plenty of exercise to stimulate your metabolism and keep you motivated.
  • Buy motivational CDs or DVDs to help you persevere.
  • Be gentle with yourself and give your body time to adjust to the changes you're subjecting it to.

  • Have you tried dieting and/or exercising in the past? Yes (1) No (0)
  • Did you regain weight you lost in the past? Yes (1), No (0)
  • Do you need to lose more than 5kg? Yes (0), No (1)
  • What sex are you? Male (0), Female (1)
  • Are you going to use a balanced, low-fat diet? Yes (0), No (1)
  • Are you going to use a crash or fad diet? Yes (1), No (0)
  • Are you going to use a starvation diet? Yes (1), No (0)
  • Are you going to use shakes and meal replacements? Yes (1), No (0)
  • Are you going to combine your diet with exercise? Yes (0), No (1)
  • Are you going to exercise regularly? Yes (0), No (1)

  • 0-3: You will lose weight successfully and keep it off.
  • 3-6: You may lose weight, but you may not maintain your weight loss.
  • 6-10: Your chances of success are limited. Tackle some of your obstacles if you don’t want all the effort to be in vain.


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