Diets – Fad or Fantastic?

We asked our panel members if they had ever lost weight on a successful diet. We received a mixed response to dieting from the panel with some members having lost a lot of weight on certain diet programmes like Weight Watchers and Slimming World, while other members felt like these diet programmes only offered a short term solution and that a balanced diet and exercise are the only solutions for successful weight loss.

A number of the panel had felt that joining a diet programme like Slimming World or Weight Watchers had contributed to their successful weight loss. They commented on the flexibility of the diets with no food groups being completely dismissed and the diets provided from these groups were easy to follow. They also mentioned the support groups and weekly weighs ins helped them to stay on track and motivated during their diet. Weight Watchers seemed to be the most popular diet among our panel. ‘I lost 3 and a half stone between March and July of that year and that was with Weight Watchers.” (Elaine, Harpenden, 48)


However a few members found that once they came off the Weight Watchers programme it was hard to maintain the weight loss. “The most I ever lost on Weight Watchers was about 3 and a half stone, unfortunately I can’t keep it off so the weight has gone back on but if I can stick to the Weight Watchers principles I should be able to lose it again.” (Erica, Hornchurch, 47)

Slimming World was also a popular diet programme among our panel. “I’ve been doing Slimming World for just over 5 weeks now and I’ve lost a stone and a half.” (Lisa, Cumbernauld, 39) However there were a number of comments made about the expensive of joining a slimming club like Weight Watchers or Slimming World, with a few of our panel members being unsure about whether the price was worth paying.

Other popular tried and tested diets by our panel members included the Atkins diet, the 5:2 diet and the Juice Plus diet.


Many of our panel members felt that dieting would never result in maintainable weight loss and that the real answer was healthy eating and exercise. “Don’t do silly fad diets, instead change your way of life.” (Craig, Kingston upon Thames, 42) Many of the panel expressed that they had never felt the need to do a diet and instead try and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep their weight under control. Many felt that going on a diet may result in weight loss in the short term, but in the long term the weight always seemed to return. “Faddy diets need to be gotten rid of, they don’t help, you just lose weight and then put it straight back on again.” (Katie, Wallsend, 25)