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Women's fitness and weight loss confession revealed

The Florida Department of Citrus released findings of the “Grapefruit Guide to Glamorous Moments Poll,” which reveals American women’s true confessions on their diet, weight loss, and beauty regimens. 


Results show the extreme measures women will take to look their best at key events and the relative importance they place on weight, fitness and conventional beauty. The following are stats that top the list:


  • Two-thirds (66 percent) of women who try to lose weight for a glamorous occasion admit that they have followed a fad diet in an effort to generate quick results rather than a long-term healthy eating plan.

  • One in three women say they prepare for a glamour moment a month or more in advance, but many stop diet and beauty regimens once the big day is over (48 percent).

  • Nearly seven out of ten (67 percent) women have avoided being photographed at special events because they felt unhappy with their appearance.

  • If given the choice, 81 percent of women would rather lose two dress sizes than meet a celebrity they admire, and a shocking 44 percent of women would rather lose $5,000 of their income than gain 20 pounds (what recession?).

Carrie Latt Wiatt, nutrition consultant to celebrities like Fergie, believes in a more balanced approached to see long-term results. Take away the following tips to maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of disease, keep your hair shiny and skin smooth.


  • Fill up on fiber. Dietary fiber can also help keep you feeling full for longer. An entire medium grapefruit has 4 grams of dietary fiber, some of which is soluble fiber (pectin), which helps support healthy cholesterol levels. Enjoy half a grapefruit for breakfast and another half after your evening workout.

  • Prepare your portions. Be mindful of portions by downsizing dishes at home. Measure correct portions the first time, so you have a visual blueprint in your mind.

  • Shake up snack time. Eating well is all about flavor, texture and variety. For an energizing afternoon snack, try pairing a fruit or vegetable you love with a serving of walnuts to add protein, omega-3 fatty acids and a satisfying crunch.

  • Eat your way to great skin. Your overall diet and health regimen may contribute to smooth, supple skin. The vitamin C found in Florida grapefruit and 100 percent grapefruit juice supports collagen production to help keep skin looking youthful, glowing and picture-perfect ready for whatever the day throws your way. Collagen breakdown in the skin may contribute to the appearance of wrinkles.

  • Eat smarter. To regulate caloric intake, practice mindful eating instead of automatic eating. First, consult your brain: are you feeling hunger or boredom? Second, wait five to ten minutes after experiencing diet-derailing cravings to see if they pass. Finally, when it's mealtime, take your time and monitor for satiety – then stop when you are satisfied.


For more tips from Wiatt and information on the "Grapefruit Guide to Glamorous Moments Poll," visit www.GoFloridaGrapefruit.com.

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