Eleanor Bradford tell us why we struggle to lose weight
BBC Scotland health correspondent Eleanor Bradford has been discovering why some of us struggle to lose weight whilst others stay naturally slim, in a series of reports for Good Morning Scotland, Reporting Scotland and BBC News Online.
We asked Eleanor to tell us a little more about her findings:
Most of us have tried to diet at some time in our lives. Many of us have given up. Some good friends of mine who struggle with their weight are always saying, "We're having a re-launch!" It got me thinking - why are diets so hard? It's easy enough to put the weight on in the first place, but not to get it off. The answer, disappointingly, is that nobody entirely understands why we find it so easy to get fat and so hard to stay slim, but science is giving us a few clues. Some of us seem to be born with more of a 'sweet tooth' than others. If you find staying slim hard because you're constantly hungry, you may be able to make changes to your diet to help you feel fuller for longer. By working with scientists at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen, I've come up with a series of short features which, I hope, will help all of us understand what's going on in our bodies so that we can make simple, easy changes. There's also a message for the food industry in Thursday's report on Reporting Scotland at 1830! Also I couldn't have done it without the help of my two lovely dieters, Lisa Jane and Lyndsay, who are slimming for Lisa Jane's wedding in July, and who have allowed me to record their progress since January. Lisa Jane's wedding dress has been ordered two sizes too small. Will she fit into it? Tune in to find out!
You can read more from Eleanor in the following BBC News online articles:
- Why diets are doomed to fail
- In search of the 'holy grail' of dieting
- Are some of us born to be fat?
If you find it hard to motivate yourself to stick to a diet or exercise plan, check out the BBC Radio Scotland Motivation website - A New Year, A New You. Here you'll find plenty of great information including tips from life coach Gillian Brown.