New Year diets a distant memory as 92 per cent have already given up

What new year’s resolution Staggering 92 per cent of dieters are already off the wagonOnly 5 per cent stick to health plans
Hunger, boredom and alcohol blamed for diet failings

The festive break is fast becoming a distant memory and for many, New Year fitness regimes are too.

Despite 2.6m people starting diets last Tuesday, research suggests that this weekend 92 per cent of dieters gave up, shunning exercise and gorging on comfort food.

Almost 40 per cent of dieters said their sneaky food habits began on Friday and around two-thirds revealed that they finished their indulgent stint with a traditional Sunday roast .

A survey suggest 92 per cent of dieters fell off the wagon this weekend

A survey suggest 92 per cent of dieters fell off the wagon this weekend

Findings, released by weightloss firm XLS-Medical, suggest that the vast majority are unsuccessful at sticking to their diets for more than five days a week.

Two out of 10 dieters admitted they have
their first diet relapse just four to five days in, with hunger cited as
the main cause.

Boredom and alcohol were also blamed for people failing to keep their health kick on track.

Dr Matt Capehorn, Clinical Director of
the National Obesity Forum, highlighted that just one day off from dieting can undo a week's worth of hard work.

He told Female First: 'A healthy diet, aimed at losing 1lb per week, relies on saving
3500 calories a week by having 500 calories less each day.

'A day off the diet should mean that you
eat the correct amount, but many dieters see it as an excuse to binge
and have thousands of calories more than they need.

'They can easily end
up having more excess calories in that one day than they have saved
throughout the whole week of sticking to a diet.'

The results suggest that a massive 590,000 could already have failed to stick to New Year diet resolutions.

And a vast majority are unaware of the negative impact a single day off can have on their weight loss efforts.

More than 70 per cent
of dieters questioned admitted to eating a takeaway at least once a week, with Chinese – which contains an average of 1400 calories per portion – being the

Again, around 70 per cent of those questioned also revealed that they eat out once a week, with Italian restaurants being the most popular, despite the average pizza topping around 1000 calories.

Overall it was found only 5 per cent of women stick to their diets until they’ve reached their target weight.

Dr Capehorn added: 'This survey suggests
that many dieters are completely unaware.

'We need to educate
people who are trying to lose weight and encourage them not to relax
their diets too much over the weekend.'