The Diet Fix: Why diets fail and how to make yours work

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff says the common wisdom around dieting - that we need to sacrifice and struggle - sets us up to fail. He believes what people need to succeed is not willpower, but patience. (Flickr/Inspiredhomefitness)

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The fact is, most people who use diets to fight pounds don't win that war. We hear from a weight loss specialist about what he believes is wrong with diets and how to get it right.

"Eighty per cent of weight is from dietary choice and twenty per cent from fitness. You can't outrun your fork."

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of The Diet Fix

diet-fix-book.jpgMany of us have an ideal for how much we should weigh -- and it's just about always different from the number that shows up on the bathroom scale. There are plenty of diets that promise to help lose the pounds... sometimes in a laughably short time.

According to some market research, by 2017 the North American diet industry will be worth $140-billion. Wallets may be lighter, but it's a good bet many of the 5-million Canadians considered obese today will still be obese.


So why doesn't all that money spent on dieting work?

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff believes he's got some answers. He is the medical director at the Bariatric Medical Institute and the author of The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make yours Work.  This interview originally aired in March.

Dr. Freedhoff says the famous "milk cure" is a great example of just how silly fad diets can be. Here's a short clip of him explaining that diet:


Have you had a negative dieting experience? Or something that has worked for you?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Dawna Dingwall.


Check out Dr. Yoni Freedhoff's homemade Nutella recipe:

 

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