Americans Turning to Trendy Diets to Shed Pandemic Pounds

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By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Americans successful the premier of their lives are disquieted astir the pounds they packed connected during the pandemic and program to bash thing astir it successful the caller year, a caller Harris Poll/HealthDay survey finds.

Nearly 2 of each 3 U.S. adults (63%) program to alteration up their fare successful 2022, either by eating little oregon cutting backmost connected circumstantial foods, canvass results reveal.

Adults betwixt the ages of 18 and 44 are the astir disquieted astir the wellness effects of their pandemic value gain, according to canvass results.

Folks successful that property scope are much apt to accidental they're struggling with fare and value management. They're besides much disquieted that the deed their wellness took during the pandemic volition impact them successful years to come.

"These younger adults are much apt to beryllium employed, and they're besides much apt to beryllium parents of children nether 18. That astir apt means these folks are much apt to person been stressed during the pandemic," said Harris Poll Vice President Kathy Steinberg.

"If you're an big who's 55-plus oregon 65-plus, yes, it sucks that you haven't been capable to sojourn household and you've been quarantined, but possibly your beingness hasn't changed that overmuch successful presumption of what you're doing," Steinberg continued. "Whereas if you're a genitor and you utilized to nonstop your kids to schoolhouse and you utilized to commute to work, your full beingness has changed."

Overall, much than 2 successful 5 adults (43%) said they gained value during the pandemic.

Of those, 7 successful 10 (71%) are acrophobic astir the value they gained, including 1 successful 4 (26%) who powerfully agree.

A deeper dive into the canvass numbers enactment Steinberg's contention that the busier lives of younger adults marque them much apt to beryllium stressed astir the wellness effects of the pandemic.

Stressors person parents disquieted astir health

Employed folks were much apt to accidental the pandemic has made it much hard to negociate their value (46% vs. 38% for unemployed) and that the antagonistic wellness effects of the pandemic volition impact them for years to travel (49% vs. 42%).


Parents of kids nether 18 had adjacent stronger worries astir however the pandemic had harmed their value and their health, compared to adults without children that age. They were much apt to:

  • Worry astir suffering semipermanent antagonistic wellness impacts from the pandemic (55% vs. 41%)
  • Say the pandemic has made it much hard to negociate their value (53% vs. 37%).
  • Fret that they'll ever beryllium capable to suffer the value they gained during the pandemic (48% vs. 34%).
  • Struggle much present sticking to a fare than they did anterior to the pandemic (46% vs. 33%)

"They person busier lives. They person much going connected successful their lives with employment and kids, and truthful they've conscionable had a batch much to negociate during the pandemic," Steinberg explained. "When you're trying to negociate kid attraction and moving from home, idiosyncratic wellness and value whitethorn beryllium the happening that benignant of falls to the backmost burner."

Calorie counting is the astir fashionable fare inclination among radical who program to ticker what they devour successful 2022, the canvass found.

Nearly 20% of each adults program to number calories successful the caller year, including 29% of radical who tried to fare during the pandemic and 32% of those who program to bash thing astir their value successful 2022.

Fasting takes off

About 16% of radical program to effort intermittent fasting, according to the poll. With intermittent fasting, you're lone allowed to devour during a circumstantial model of clip each day, oregon you indispensable instrumentality to a restricted magnitude of calories connected definite days of the week.

"The astir communal 1 we thin to spot is the 16-hour model of fasting that leaves an eight-hour model of eating," said Caroline Susie, a Dallas-based registered dietitian and nationalist spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Intermittent fasting has been astir for centuries, and is adjacent portion of immoderate long-standing spiritual practices, Susie said successful an interrogation with HealthDay Now.

This eating signifier is present having its "15 minutes of fame," Susie said, perchance due to the fact that it's easier for radical to follow than diets that necessitate you to chopped retired carbs, fats oregon circumstantial types of foods.


"What's bully is it doesn't archer you what to eat. It tells you erstwhile to eat," Susie said. "If you're idiosyncratic who isn't a large instrumentality of lists oregon what's connected my program oregon not connected my plan, this could beryllium an enactment for you."

Some canvass respondents bash program to effort a much restrictive diet, however. About 16% program to effort a low-fat fare successful 2022, and 15% a low-carb diet.

Those sorts of weight-loss diets are overmuch harder to instrumentality with than an eating signifier similar intermittent fasting, said Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, seat of nutrition and nutrient studies astatine George Mason University successful Fairfax, Va.

"If you person to 100% of the clip adhere to a precise strict dietary plan, we each cognize astir radical are not going to bash that for agelong and they're not going to bask it," Cheskin told HealthDay Now.

More information

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has much astir fad diets.

SOURCES: Kathy Steinberg, vice president, Harris Poll; Caroline Susie, RDN, LD, Dallas, Texas, and nationalist spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Lawrence Cheskin, MD, chair, Nutrition and Food Studies, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.


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