Out of shape? 1 in 4 have tried at least 16 different weight loss strategies!

NEW YORK – Nine out of ten American adults have tried at least one weight loss strategy in their lifetime. A survey of 2,000 adults shows that 91 percent have tried at least one weight loss strategy, with half claiming to have tried 11 different methods to lose excess weight!

A quarter of Americans even admitted to trying at least 16 different weight loss strategies.

In fact, 32 percent of respondents who were on a weight-loss journey reported successfully losing weight and then putting it back on, while just 28 percent reported successfully losing weight and keeping it off.

However, embarking on a weight-loss journey does not appear to be sustainable for many, with respondents describing their overall weight-loss experience as “overwhelming” (37%) or “unsuccessful” (31%). Only 15 percent described their weight loss as “rewarding.” Almost two-thirds (65%) agree it’s difficult to think about weight loss long-term because of the sacrifices involved.

It’s just not worth it

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the evidence-based weight care platform Found, found that most respondents believed that losing weight (34%) required more sacrifice than having children (33%), financial savings (30%) and even start a new job (28%).

Referring to their own experiences of losing weight, respondents felt they had to sacrifice their happiness (31%), mental well-being (29%) and love or relationships (28%) to lose weight. More than half (54%) have even given up losing weight because they felt they were sacrificing too much.

Respondents had goals that went beyond the numbers on the scale. Of those who have embarked on a weight loss journey, 44 percent said the outcome they had most hoped for was feeling more confident with their body. Other popular goals include wanting to feel healthier overall (42%) and being able to do an activity without stopping, such as walking. B. walk a kilometer, climb stairs or stroll through the shopping center (42%).

In fact, nearly four in five (79%) want to be healthier, not thinner. Two in five wanted more energy, and 34 percent felt victorious when others noticed their efforts.

“These data confirm what many of us who have attempted to lose weight have known for a long time: that traditional weight-loss journeys involve too many sacrifices and rely too heavily on the idea of ​​personal willpower,” says Dr. Acacia Parks, chief behavioral health officer at Found, in a statement. “As someone who has struggled with my weight my whole life, and also as an expert in psychology, I know that feeling extreme sacrifice doesn’t lead to lasting weight loss or positive mental health and only fuels the stigma of needing help. To achieve sustainable weight loss, it’s important to offer people a personalized program that works with their unique biology and lifestyle, not against it.”

Losing weight is no longer taboo

Aside from sacrifices, another key challenge in weight loss, according to survey respondents, is the stigma attached to the journey. The data shows that this stigma has decreased compared to a few years ago, with 73 percent of respondents saying they feel more comfortable talking to their family and friends about weight loss compared to five years ago.

Looking at overall health, 71 percent take medication for physical or mental illnesses or both. Additionally, concerns about speaking openly about these drugs have decreased, with more than half (59%) of all respondents feeling more comfortable talking about their drugs than they did a few years ago.

Although people are more comfortable talking about their weight loss today than they were five years ago, there is still some stigma when talking about the medications they take for their physical and mental health.

The results showed that 41 percent of respondents are very comfortable talking about their physical health medications, such as for diabetes and thyroid, compared to just 29 percent who did the same with mental health drugs such as B. against anxiety or depression.

Regarding weight loss drugs, one in three wished they had access to prescription weight loss drugs to lose weight.

“It’s time we challenged the outdated mainstream weight loss narratives and told ourselves it’s our fault we’re not losing weight,” says Dr. Rekha Kumar, chief medical officer of the Weight Care Platform, Found. “Science clearly shows that changes in diet and exercise do not address the biological components associated with weight, which is why medication can be extremely valuable in weight loss.”

“Clinical evidence shows that medication combined with lifestyle changes can result in an additional 7 to 10 percent overall weight loss,” Kumar continues. “This survey confirms that people struggle to find effective and long-term weight loss solutions, with 37 percent seeking both a supportive community and access to a program that feels sustainable.”

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