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I am always interested when I see articles like this. They surveyed subscribers to Consumer Reports about their eating, dieting, and exercising habits. So...what do people who maintain a healthy weight have in common? I don't think the answers will shock you.
- 3% of people who have never been overweight reported that they never exercised and ate whatever they wanted. Do the math: that means that 97% of the people have or do exercise and watch what they eat.
- Those same people (healthy weight) eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and stay away from excessive dietary fat
- Portion control is top of the list for how they manage their weight
People who have never had a weight problem seem to come by these habits more naturally, but they do admit that they work hard at maintaining a healthy weight.
Of those over 21,000 readers who responded to the survey, here is how they looked:
- 66% were overweight as assessed by their body mass index (BMI)
- 22% of the overall sample and one-third of the overweight group was obese
- 16% were always thin (or normal weight, not overweight)
- 15% were successful losers (weighed at least 10% less than at their heaviest and been there for 3 years)
- 42% were failed dieters (at or near their lifetime highest weight)
- 27% didn't fit into any of the categories because they reported losing weight recently
Of those people who were successful losers, more than half lost the weight themselves without medical treatment, a book, pills, or a commercial program.
Tune in tomorrow for tips from this article on how to lose weight on a budget and exactly which are the top 6 behaviors that were correlated with healthy BMI.