Dieting is almost a national obsession in America, especially with women. We want to look slim and trim in our clothes, and strut down the beach in our bathing suit during the summer. Some may try Weight Watchers, others may count calories, and quick fix diets like the Cabbage Soup and HCG are popular with those who want to lose weight as soon as possible. Sadly, most diets do not work in the long run, and slow down the metabolism. Feeling deprived, many dieters throw in the towel, and go back to their old habits.
“Happily, fewer women are dieting and are accepting their bodies with a little extra weight,”according to the NPD Group.” In a survey conducted in 1992, 35% of women said they were dieting. In a survey of 3800 adults conducted in 2012, only 23 percent of women were dieting.
Instead of going on and off diets, more women are making good eating habits a part of their lifestyle. “The newer thinking is personal empowerment for change and making small changes over time that are more doable for the individual,” said Madelyn Fernstrom of the University of Pittsburg Medical Center.