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Complicated diets may cause dieters to quit sooner

January 29, 2010
When New Year's resolutions to lose weight fall apart, it may have to do with how complicated a diet is, not the dieter's lack of willpower.

"People on a more complex diet that involves keeping track of quantities and items eaten may have the impression that their diet is too difficult. This subjective impression can cause people to give up," said Peter Todd, a brain sciences professor at Indiana University, which has studied dieting behavior with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Dieters should look at more than one diet before settling on a plan that isn't so demanding that they will give up within a short time, the researchers advise. The longer people stay on a weight loss plan, the more successful they will be at losing weight and keeping it off.

One behavior that dietitian Nancy Copperman suggests to dieters is to slow down their eating. Copperman is the director of public health initiatives in the Office of Community Health for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

"It takes one half-hour before the brain knows there is food in our stomach. If you're a fast eater, delay taking seconds. That gives you time to assess if you're still hungry," said Copperman.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19585604-ADNFCR
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