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12/02/2014 03:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Top Reasons Most Diets Don't Work (VIDEO)

Americans spend over $61 billion each year on weight loss products, many of which are empty promises or get-thin-quick gimmicks that are too good to be true. "My goal is to get you to stop chasing diet mirages and finally get yourself on the right path, with the habits you should follow for life to achieve permanent weight loss," says Dr. Phil in his new book, The 20/20 Diet: 20 Key Foods To Help You Succeed Where Other Diets Fail.

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After conducting a national survey of thousands of people, Dr. Phil discovered that 40.3 percent of respondents lost weight on diets and then gained 100% of it back within 90 days to one year. So he wanted to find out: Why do people fail on diets so much of the time? In the video above, he explains to Candi and Lyndsey, two teachers who are desperate to lose weight, a few of the reasons, including boredom, temptations, and inconsistent results and plateaus.

Boredom: You get sick of eating the same foods day in and day out. So you rebel.
Temptations: Because your environment isn't fail-safe, you are overwhelmed by your desire for the tempting food all around you. So you rebel.
Inconsistent results and plateaus: You get discouraged because the weight loss is not consistent. Or you lose weight but then your progress comes to a screeching halt. So you rebel.

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Dr. Phil reveals "The Top 7 Ugly Truths About Dieting" — and a plan to inspire overcoming them — in The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision into Reality Tune in Tuesday for more. Click here to see where you can watch.

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