January is coming to an end but thousands of us made New Year Resolutions to hit the gym or diet. According to stats released today over 29 million people in Britain have vowed to be healthier and lose weight over the last year – that’s 55% of Britain – but how are we going about it? I’ve discovered a few interesting health related facts have been released this week so I thought I’d share a few with you here.
It seems that over the last year we’ve turned to three diets in particular: the Paleo diet, juice cleanse diet and the Mediterranean diet. As a result of our increased interest in diet plans sales of diet food went up by 7% last year.
It probably won’t surprise you that women are more keen to diet than men, as a survey has revealed that just 5% of women say they never think about weight compared to 17% of men.
A strict diet can be difficult to stick to and the results suggest that only 5% of those who diet actually manage to keep the weight off. This is largely due to the appeal of eating out and the busy lifestyles that we live. Perhaps it is more important that we look to maintain steady exercise and follow NHS guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, after all this could help reduce number of deaths that occur each year as a result of obesity (current 2.8 million adults die each year because they are overweight).
Are you surprised by any of the figures above? Did you try and stick to a diet regime last year?