Table 2—

Prevalence (in rank order) and duration of weight control practices used over the previous year by Look AHEAD participants

PrevalenceDuration in weeks
Increase fruits and vegetables65.026.5 ± 19.3
Cut out sweets and junk food61.722.9 ± 19.2
Eat less high-carbohydrate foods57.520.3 ± 19.1
Increase exercise levels55.121.1 ± 17.3
Decrease fat intake55.018.0 ± 17.5
Reduce number of calories eaten51.818.7 ± 17.5
Record food intake daily37.59.1 ± 11.2
Eat less meat34.922.8 ± 19.4
Cut out between-meal snacking34.314.6 ± 15.9
Use home exercise equipment30.218.9 ± 17.5
Eat special low-calorie diet foods21.022.3 ± 19.0
Drink fewer alcoholic beverages18.525.6 ± 20.6
Use a very-low-calorie diet17.616.1 ± 16.9
Count fat grams16.418.0 ± 18.3
Eat meal replacements15.810.4 ± 13.6
Record exercise daily14.717.4 ± 17.5
Count calories14.612.2 ± 15.0
Go to a weight loss group11.913.3 ± 13.2
Keep a graph of exercise7.815.4 ± 17.3
Keep a graph of weight6.718.8 ± 18.0
Fast or go without food entirely5.35.7 ± 11.8
Take diet pills4.39.3 ± 12.0
Smoke cigarettes3.520.2 ± 23.6
  • Data are % or means ± SD.