More and more American adults are dieting each year, and weight loss industry revenue continues to grow.
In 2012, Americans spent an estimated $65 billion trying to lose weight! This number has increased from:
Roughly 50% of American adults are trying to lose or maintain their weight.
Each year, more and more adults are trying to lose weight. In 2004, 33% of American adults were dieting; in 2000, 24% were dieting.
Approximately 80% of dieters are trying to lose weight on their own.
The most popular methods used among American adults are:
Nearly all dieters (90-95%) regain the weight they lost within one to five years.
Even adults who have lost an average of 66 lbs and kept it off for five years, have failed many times before finally losing weight for good. (These adults are members of the NWCR).
In fact, these adults have lost an average of 270 lbs in their lifetime before successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Follow their 10 Proven ways to lose weight and keep it off.
The typical American dieter makes 4 weight loss attempts per year. Many adults make their first attempt around the New Year.
In a 2011 Thomson Reuter’s NPR Health Poll, 35% of respondents reported setting a resolution to lose weight in the last 5 years. Of those respondents, 38% had set weight loss resolutions year after year (5 resolutions in the last 5 years).
Nearly half of New Year’s resolutions are broken by February:
Instead of resolving to lose weight in January, start making small, gradual changes now that will become a permanent part of your lifestyle.
The best and only way to lose weight for good is to make small, gradual, and realistic changes to your exercise and eating habits over time.
Follow our free 5 Step plan for permanent weight loss and make your first small change.
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FitnessforWeightLoss.com was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...
Our Approach: Short-term solutions (like dieting) are unrealistic and ineffective because at some point they end. As soon as a diet or program ends, so do the results. Permanent weight loss is a journey; it's not a race or competition and there is no finish line. Read more...