What You Said About Dieting

About 45 million Americans diet each year. We asked how you diet, and more than 700 of you took our diet poll. This is what you told us.



More than 700 of you took our diet poll. This is what you told us:

How many diets have you tried in the last year?
None: 30%
1: 31%
2-3: 25%
4-5: 6%
More: 7%

How many diets have you tried in your life?
None: 7%
1-5: 52%
6-20: 28%
21-40: 8%
More: 5%

How much weight did you lose on your most successful diet?
5 pounds: 19%
10: 26%
25: 33%
50 or more: 22%

How much of the weight did you keep off?
All of it: 25%
Part of it: 39%
None of it: 31%
I never lost weight in the first place: 5%

Which celebrity has inspired you to lose weight?
Marie Osmond: 11%
Queen Latifah: 18%
Valerie Bertinelli: 26%
Kirstie Alley: 15%
Oprah Winfrey: 30%

Why have you quit a diet?
I achieved my goal: 27%
I was too hungry: 10%
It cost too much: 6%
It took too long to see results: 19%
It was too hard to maintain: 30%
Three words: Ben & Jerry's: 7%

What was the scariest diet fad you've ever tried?
Detox/cleansing: 5%
Phen-fen: 8%
Over-the-counter diet pills: 21%
Limiting calories to 1000 per day: 28%
Bingeing and purging: 12%
Fasting: 26%

Which diet sounds the most appealing to you?
No-hunger diet: 58%
Eat-carbs diet: 13%
Eat-sweets diet: 12%
No-exercise diet: 18%

How much money would you spend if you could guarantee you'd lose 30 pounds and keep it off?
$100 62%
$500 18%
$1,000 15%
$10,000 3%
$100,000 or more: 3%

Source: Health.com web poll Oct. - Dec. 2008
Last Updated: December 26, 2008

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