Healthy Eating “In”= Dieting “Out”
Americans are choosing to make better food choices rather than diet in their quest for healthier living. In a recent survey of 26 thousand American adults, 29 percent of women and 19 percent of men are dieting. This number is down from 10 years ago when 35 percent of women and 23 percent of men were on a diet. According to the survey, which was conducted by the New York based-NPD Group, Inc., improving overall health was the prime motivation for 68 percent of those on a diet. The survey revealed the most popular diet was one that dieters made up themselves either by reading nutritional labels on packaged foods, following general weight loss information, using portion control, severely cutting calories or eliminating a food group such as carbohydrates. The NPD Group said the problem with diets is most people wind up feeling deprived, are disappointed with the results or realize dieting is not a long term solution to healthy living. Since 2001, one aspect that has remained consistent in the survey is the number of Americans who want to lose weight- a whopping 60 percent. However, many are now understand that the numbers on the scale are not the only factor in good health. This year, eight out of 10 dieters surveyed said their goal was both to lose weight and improve their health.