And with shocking statistics revealing that average 45-year-old woman has been on 61 diets in her lifetime, it seems there is one thing us gals aren't taking into account: men.
A survey into the ups and downs of the female weight cycle uncovered happiness in a relationship (or lack of it) has the most impact on a woman’s size. *gives Atkins the finger and tucks into second portion of carbs*
Dessert For Breakfast
It sounds too good to be true, but a group of scientists reckon they've figured out how to prevent weight-gain and food cravings - and it involves adding a cookie or a slice of cake to your breakfast. Researchers from Tel Aviv University's Wolfson Medical Center in Israel believe that dieters would have less trouble fighting off pesky hunger pangs throughout the day if they ate a carbohydrate-rich, protein-packed breakfast - with a helping of dessert. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/26/health-dessert-breakfast-weight-loss-food-craving_n_1626701.html" target="_hplink">Read more here.</a>
'Time' To Diet?
Weight may depend as much on when you eat as what, research suggests. The body clock's effect on metabolism could be an overlooked factor driving obesity, say scientists. New evidence from studies of mice suggests that 24-hour snacking, especially at night, can pile on the pounds. Restricting eating to sensible meal times, on the other hand, may help fight the flab - even with big helpings. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/17/health-weight-depends-on-what-time-you-eat_n_1524195.html" target="_hplink">Read more here. </a>
Japanese inventors have designed a hi-tech (and slightly bonkers) device that claims to help people lose weight - and it involves a pair of 'slimming spectacles' that trick the brain into thinking that food is 50% bigger than it really is. The 'Meta Cookie+' gadget has been developed by a team of researchers from Tokyo University, Japan and was showcased at Tokyo's Digital Content Expo. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/19/japan-dieting-craze-metacookie-slimming-glasses_n_1437782.html" target="_hplink">Read more here.</a>
Nose Drip Diet
An American doctor has sparked a potentially dangerous diet trend by creating a drastic, quick fix weight-loss programme that involves the dieter feeding through a nose drip. The 'K-E Diet' (or the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet), created by Florida-based Dr Oliver Di Pietro, promises to shed 20lbs in just 10 days and has so far proved popular with brides-to-be wanting to shift weight leading up to their wedding. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/17/k-e-diet-worrying-trend-weight-loss-nose-drip_n_1431618.html" target="_hplink">Read more here.</a>
Cold Baths, No Breakfast and Coffee
According to the author of Six Weeks To OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends skipping breakfast, drinking coffee and taking cold baths - really help you get thin. Venice A Fulton is well prepared to challenge his critics and says that many health professionals are already on his side. "I've already had doctors say they find it refreshing and useful for them," Fulton told <em>Huffpost Lifestyle</em>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/05/health-six-weeks-to-omg-diet-really-works_n_1650323.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-lifestyle" target="_hplink">Read more here.</a>
Almost half (47%) of women gain more weight when in a happy relationship over any other life stage or experience including giving up smoking or even having a child.
The research also revealed that a lack of a steady partner aids weight loss with 27% of women slimming down whilst going through a break up.
Compared to almost half of women just over a third of men (36%) gain weight as a result of being in a happy relationship.
Top ten life experiences that make women gain weight:
Happy relationship: 46%
Post pregnancy: 30%
Unhappy relationship: 28%
Young mum: 8%
Being single: 14%
Breaking up: 12%
Moving house: 12%
“It is well known that eating habits can be influenced by emotions and as a result different life stages can have an impact on someone’s weight. It’s easy to become relaxed when you’re in a happy relationship, where trips to the gym can be easily swapped for takeaways on the sofa and indulgent meals out," explains dietitian Helen Bond, Consultant Dietitian for the ‘123 hello me’ programme.
Top life experiences which cause women to lose weight:
Breaking up with a partner: 27%
Being single: 24%
An unhappy relationship: 21%
Dating a new partner: 19%
Your wedding: 17%
She adds: "But being in a happy relationship can actually make it easier to keep the pounds at bay. You can support and encourage each other to eat healthily and exercise. Having a partner who shares or supports your weight loss goals will spur you on and boost your determination to stick with it, even when your interest and motivation is dwindling.”