Loved Ones Are a Dieter’s Worst Enemy


One in four Americans has failed a diet because their partner led them astray, according to new research.

A survey examining how and why our attempts to eat healthily and lose weight often fail found a surprisingly high number of diets come undone because of a partner leading us into temptation.

From eating irresistible treats and snacks in front of us to ordering takeout or wanting us to have drinks, responses showed 24 percent of people blame their partner for derailing a diet.

The results emerged from a survey conducted by OnePoll, in conjunction with Isopure, which looked into the dieting successes and failures of 2,000 Americans.

With people mindful of their summer bodies, responses showed top reasons people fail diets are lack of time to plan meals, having treats around the holidays, social gatherings, treating themselves and stress around work.

Even though many reasons behind diet failures are legitimate, there are some that appear to be simply based on temptation. Responses showed that 38 percent of survey respondents failed on a diet because they couldn’t resist a delicious treat.

Another 32 percent claim that healthy food is simply too expensive and so their bank account causes them to reach for a less than healthy snack. Reaching for a feel-good food seems to be a common way for 42 percent of survey respondents to deal with stress.

Saturday is the day that a diet is most likely to come to a crashing halt for survey participants. After breaking a diet, many admit to feeling disappointed, frustrated, upset, annoyed and angry.

As a result, it’s no wonder that two in five survey respondents get fed up with clothes that no longer fit or look good. But it’s more than simply sticking to a diet that contributes to a healthy lifestyle — sleep, fitness and hydration are also important.

Top 5 reasons people fail a diet

  • Lack of time to meal plan
  • Treats around the holidays
  • Social gatherings
  • Treating yourself mentally
  • Stress around work

Top 5 feelings after failing a diet

  • Disappointment
  • Frustration
  • Upset
  • Annoyance
  • Anger

Top 10 foods that cause people to abandon their diets

  • Pizza
  • Ice cream
  • Chips
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Burgers
  • Candy
  • Cheese
  • Bread


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