The average woman spends a whopping six years of her life on a diet, according to research. A survey of 1000 women, by Britain’s leading diet firm, Forzadiet.com, revealed that 54% of women are most concerned about staying in shape in their twenties.
However the time spent focussed on losing weight significantly decreases as they get older and start to feel more comfortable with their bodies. The peak age for dieting is 25, when many woman are looking for long term partners, planning their weddings or getting into shape before turning thirty.
Throughout their twenties, women diet for an average of two years and seven months. This sinks to one year and nine months once they’ve hit the big 3-0.
The survey broke down their results by age group…
- 20s – two years and seven months
- 30s – one year and nine months
- 40s – one year and three months
- 50s – 10 months
So for the average woman, by the time she reaches 70, she’ll have been on a diet for a total of six years and two months.
The average duration of a diet is four weeks and three days. This stays pretty constant as women age, though they simply choose to have less dieting stints. Researchers believe that this is down to women becoming more comfortable with their shape and size as they grow older. Priorities change, women start families, settle down and become generally busier with life.
64% of married women said they dieted less after tying the knot. For women over thirty, the next hurdle comes after pregnancy, when first-time mothers put on an average of 4lb, and only a third manage to lose the weight in the 12 months after giving birth.
When focusing on a strict diet and exercise regime isn’t always practical, this is where a Personal Trainer can help. Our team of qualified personal trainers will work with you to get real results from your diet. Whether it's a case of tweaking your eating, prepping your meal plans or simply educating you on what your body needs, we're here to help.
On joining Village Gym, you'll receive a free personal training consultation to kickstart your new regime and plan towards smashing your fitness goals. Book yours or speak to a member of the leisure team the next time you hit the gym.
No more fad diets, extended periods of hunger or feeling crabby from cravings. We'll whip your diet into shape to ensure a healthy balance between delicious eats and achieving those fitness goals.