Explanations for the success and failure of dieting

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1. Why does moderate rather than low fat content have a better success rate?

  • Because it's not as big a change for the body
  • Because it's more natural
  • Because low fat is more chemical therefore creates weight else where in the body
  • It's better for you
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2. What is a weakness of these studies?

  • Ethnocentric and androcentric
  • Low ecological validity
  • Most are Eurocentric and gender biased to mainly women
  • Reductionist and doesn't support psychology being a science

3. What role do hormones, particularly ghrelin, play in the failure of dieting?

  • They are just there bloody deal with it
  • Stimulates appetite, making hungry people feel hungrier
  • When you are hormonal, you will want to eat more regardless of dieting restrictions
  • Makes you think you are hungry when you have just eaten

4. Diets will work best if they teach pps new eating and lifestyle habits. Why?

  • It shows that you can't go back and forces you to focus to change rather than the diet itself
  • It's a placebo effect to help you lose and keep off the weight
  • New habit and lifestyle, seen as a long term and permanent change to keep weight off in changing mindset and eating behaviour together
  • Changes the cognitive belief to say that you can do it

5. What does BMI stand for?

  • Belly meets indigestion
  • Body mass index
  • Body massive interaction
  • Body most index


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