Up to half of Brits making an attempt to shed some pounds quit after one ‘blip’

  •  On common folks have tried to shed some pounds seven instances of their lifetime
  •  Chocolate, crisps, desserts and biscuits are prime temptations that trigger setbacks

Whether it is scoffing a bar of chocolate or caving in to a takeaway, most individuals expertise a ‘blip’ sooner or later when making an attempt to shed some pounds.

But greater than half of UK adults say only one setback can fully derail them from their weight reduction objectives, a examine suggests.

Meanwhile, one in 5 stated a setback made them quit on their weight-reduction plan altogether.

A survey of two,003 adults discovered 77 per cent of adults stated they’ve beforehand tried to shed some pounds, and on common folks have tried to shed some pounds seven instances of their lifetime.

Of those that had skilled a setback, 38 per cent stated the highest trigger was feeling hungry whereas 29 per cent stated it was a demanding life occasion reminiscent of a bereavement, job loss or household sickness.

77 per cent of adults said they¿ve previously attempted to lose weight, and on average people have tried to lose weight seven times in their lifetime

77 per cent of adults stated they’ve beforehand tried to shed some pounds, and on common folks have tried to shed some pounds seven instances of their lifetime

Others stated lacking out on their favorite meals and never planning wholesome meals are what derailed them.

The prime temptations which might trigger setbacks included having unhealthy snacks reminiscent of chocolate, crisps, desserts and biscuits in the home, takeaways, desserts a pastries whereas shopping for espresso, and quick meals after an evening out ingesting.

One in 10 stated an Easter egg was the merchandise most certainly to trigger them to have a setback.

Between 6pm and 10pm is the time when folks have been most certainly to stray from their weight reduction plans, whereas nearly a 3rd stated it took them greater than a month to get again on monitor after experiencing a ‘blip’.

The survey was carried out by weight reduction organisation Slimming World.


Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of physique fats primarily based in your weight in relation to your peak. 

Standard Formula:

  • BMI = (weight in kilos / (peak in inches x peak in inches)) x 703

Metric Formula:

  • BMI = (weight in kilograms / (peak in meters x peak in meters))


  • Under 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9: Healthy
  • 25 – 29.9: Overweight
  • 30 – 39.9: Obese 
  • 40+: Morbidly overweight 


Dr Amanda Avery, Slimming World’s well being and analysis guide dietitian, stated studying deal with setbacks is essential for long-term weight reduction success.

‘As we have seen with the outcomes of this analysis, setbacks on a weight reduction journey are to be anticipated,’ she stated.

‘Things do not all the time go completely to plan and that is life. What’s key when this occurs, is to be variety to your self.

‘Learning to just accept {that a} setback is a part of your slimming journey will help cease you being derailed altogether.

‘The outcomes of the survey help this, with greater than half of adults questioned agreeing that studying take care of setbacks on their weight reduction journey helped them to navigate the ups and downs of weight reduction.’

The survey additionally revealed the most well-liked means folks had tried to shed some pounds was via train, adopted by calorie counting and fasting.

Commenting on the findings James Stubbs, Professor of urge for food and power stability on the University of Leeds, stated: ‘For anybody seeking to shed some pounds, it is vital to do not forget that this isn’t a fast repair, it is a gradual course of.

‘As with any journey it’s good to be ready, to have plans, instruments that can assist you navigate and coping methods for when the journey can get tough.

‘Behaviour change performs a key position and there can be days when setbacks can be skilled and issues do not go so properly, which is completely pure.

‘Learning navigate setbacks is what helps folks develop the abilities wanted for lasting behaviour change.

‘Even people who find themselves extremely profitable at reducing weight and retaining it off have setbacks and revisit among the methods they used to shed some pounds initially.’