Feeling frumpy? A recent Gallup poll found that two-thirds of Americans consider themselves over their “ideal” weight and 3 in 10 are trying to shed the excess.
That was in November. I’ll bet the numbers are much higher now. The food frenzy that accompanies year-end holidays sparks an annual January stampede to health clubs and diet centers.
More than half of American adults say they have successfully lost weight at some point, the Nov. 28 Gallup poll found.
• Twenty-five percent of adults nationwide have tried to lose weight once or twice; 8 percent more than 10 times. Women are more likely to be repeaters: 47 percent said they had tried to lose more than three times, compared with 30 percent of men. Forty-four percent of men had never tried to lose weight, compared with 22 percent of the women.
• Nearly half cite both diet and exercise as keys to shedding the pounds, but 32 percent of those who lost weight credited changes in diet rather than exercise.
• The most popular dietary changes were eating less (23 percent), counting calories or controlling portions (12 percent) and eating more natural foods (10 percent).
• As for exercise, 31 percent pointed to nonspecific exercise as a good strategy, 5 percent cited walking and 3 percent ran or jogged.
Results were based on phone interviews conducted Nov. 3-6, 2011, with a random sample of 1,012 adults in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.