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Table 2 Most common weight-loss strategies reported among successful losers and unsuccessful weight losers – Styles Survey, 2004

From: Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance

   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
  1. a Standard error.
  2. *Significant difference between successful and unsuccessful (p < 0.01).