Weight-Loss Statistics Don’t Lie, But They Might Not Tell All
Posted Sep 27 2012 5:00am
What do statistics tell you? If you can believe them, you
can use what the statistics show to compare yourself with others.
Here are some statistics to compare yourself with.
The average number of weight-loss attempts for women in the
United States, as reported in the 2011 Gallup Poll, was seven. Twenty-six
percent said they tried losing their unwanted weight once or twice, 37% tried 3
to 10 times, and 10% tried more than 10 times.
In 1998, according to the National Health Interview Survey, the
most common strategies among women trying to lose some weight were eating fewer
calories, eating less fat, and exercising more. Less frequent strategies were
skipping meals, eating food supplements, joining a weight-loss program, taking
diet pills, taking diuretics, or fasting for 24 hours or more.
In 2011 the Gallup Poll reported that men and women cited
the most effective weight-loss strategies as dietary changes and not
exercising. First on the list of dietary changes by far were eating less and
dieting. Then came counting calories and portion control, eating more natural
foods, avoiding sugar/sweets/soda, Weight Watchers, Atkins (low carb/high protein),
eating more fruits/vegetables/salads, and eating a low fat diet.
What do you think? How do you stack up? Have you tried to
lose weight more than the average? If so, do you know why?