Want to know the secret to successful weight-loss? Don’t tell anyone you’re on a diet
Last updated at 9:14 PM on 29th November 2011
It’s likely that many of us will be embarking on weight-loss plans in the New Year. But according to new research, it could be more effective if you don’t tell anybody when you’re cutting back on calories.
A study from New York University has found that keeping your diet a secret could help prevent failure.
The findings showed that those who shared details of their regimes with family and friends were less likely to meet their goals.
Diet secret: Keeping your weight-loss plan a secret could help prevent failure
The researchers explained that the positive recognition people receive when discussing their diet can be interpreted as accomplishment. As a result, dieters are less likely to stick to their plan as strictly as before.
Professor of psychology Dr Peter Gollwitzer, who lead the study, explained: ‘The danger is that you feel that you have already reached the goal and because of that you don’t have to act on it any more.’
He told CNN that dieters can avoid this pitfall in a number of ways.
‘One is simple – you can keep your mouth shut,’ he said.
‘Another one is to form different kinds of intentions, not only say what
you want to do but also when, where and how you want to do it.’
He said that by describing our intentions, we mentally map out our future, so are more likely to follow through.
The third solution, he continued, was to only share your weight-loss plan with a trusted few, who can help you keep on course.
Tara Harwood, a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic, echoed his advice.
She told Fox News: ‘You have to be very particular on who you choose. Make sure they are
people who are going to encourage you and not hinder you and your
‘So, you do want to tell some people, however, for the
most part keep it to yourself and let other people gradually notice
these changes in you.’
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