The fact is that most efforts to lose weight through a program fail. That is not to say that the failure is exclusively the fault of the program; I believe it can be said with equal conviction that those who have joined a program carry a good deal of the responsibility also.
But the fact remains that a thirty billion dollar industry that addresses a population of people who are 40% overweight must do better than a 95% failure rate. Those are the unfortunate statistics, but research shows that 95% of all people who participate in a diet program gain back any weight they have lost within three years. The Food and Drug Administration has even gone as far to maintain that no company in the weight loss industry can produce a record of long term success.
Why Weight Loss Programs Fail
There are several reasons why weight loss programs fail. We fall prey to social obligations and temptations. Many social functions have plenty of food, and we often overindulge. Restaurants and home food delivery tend to promote poor eating habits as well.
Many fail because we are resistant to the lifestyle changes that will get us the results we want. Many also lack the appropriate patience, and when we do not get the quick result we desire, we become disappointed.
Others simply do not stick to the diet plan and may continue drinking alcohol or eating sweets. Some fail because we seek short cuts or a simpler way to achieve our goals.
Some choose diets that are so strict that we cannot comfortably comply with the demands. Others try to loose weight without some sort of support and then we find cannot self-motivate. Unrealistic goals or no goals at all is yet another roadblock. Perhaps the most frequent reason for failure in a weight loss program is that we simply give up and never complete the program.
Drop Out Rates For Weight-Loss Programs
A recent study showed that 43% of people who joined weight-loss programs dropped out of the program before their desired goals were met. Of interest is the fact that for those members who underwent bariatric surgery the dropout rate was 12% compared to 54% for those who did not have the surgery. The drop out rates in this most recent study coordinate with other studies of the same type.
Researchers are hoping that the difference between the drop out rates of those who underwent bariatric surgery compared to those who did not, might yield some clues as to what motivates a person who wants to lose weight.
The speculation is that those who are willing to undergo the surgery at all are generally more motivated. It also is speculated that the dramatic and immediate weight loss that accompanies bariatric surgery may also provide additional motivation.
The study included 1,205 participants, 318 of whom had some type of weight-loss surgery. The length of program extended for one year although the bariatric subjects were followed for two years or more.
Have you've tried a weight loss program and dropped out? Please share your story on why you dropped out and what you believe it would take to make you successful.