Table 2

Most common weight-loss strategies reported among successful losers and unsuccessful weight losers – Styles Survey, 2004

Successful

Unsuccessful

(n = 543)

(n = 1,415)

χ2

n

%

(se)a

%

(se)a

p-value


Strategy:

Reduced amount of food

1,602

79.60

(2.21)

82.39

(1.19)

0.268

More fruits & vegetables

1,325

71.37

(2.25)

65.91

(1.53)

0.049

Smaller portions

1,271

64.57

(2.69)

63.98

(1.51)

0.849

Fewer fatty foods

1,134

60.13

(2.68)

57.66

(1.55)

0.425

No sweetened beverages

1,001

56.50

(2.67)

52.57

(1.56)

0.207

Exercise ≥30 min/day

780

46.91

(2.73)

37.54

(1.52)

0.003*

Add physical activity to daily routine

735

46.70

(2.75)

34.88

(1.48)

<0.001*

Reduce high-carbohydrate foods

882

40.45

(2.58)

45.36

(1.55)

0.108

Eat reduced-fat products

696

39.61

(2.70)

35.10

(1.51)

0.147

Reduced-calorie products

767

38.50

(2.61)

40.35

(1.56)

0.542

Reduce food prepared away from home

702

36.36

(2.62)

37.84

(1.58)

0.628

Eat reduced-carbohydrate food products

521

26.00

(2.23)

26.67

(1.44)

0.800

Reduce sedentary activity

379

21.96

(2.12)

16.97

(1.17)

0.039

Count calories

348

19.74

(2.09)

18.34

(1.32)

0.572

Food diary

251

12.97

(1.71)

13.05

(1.13)

0.965

Meal-replacement products

284

10.82

(1.66)

15.48

(1.08)

0.019

Over-the-counter diet products

273

10.36

(1.81)

15.89

(1.13)

0.010*

Formal weight-loss program

158

7.37

(1.48)

8.47

(0.81)

0.514

Web-site with individualized diet plan

73

2.60

(0.64)

5.33

(0.92)

0.016

Not specified

25

4.1

(0.90)

2.4

(0.44)

0.086


a Standard error.

*Significant difference between successful and unsuccessful (p < 0.01).

Kruger et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2006 3:17   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-3-17

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