We have now accrued over 3700 subjects from 71 countries around the world, to our knowledge making us one of the largest - and the only international - weight loss registry. We have struggled for years trying to come up with the best way to use all the data for the largest benefit to all who have registered, and to all that have not.
We will now be opening up our database to you. Doctors, researchers, bloggers, journalists, or any citizen scientist interesting in doing research with our database.
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We have representation from all 50 U.S. states and 70 countries and regions, including:
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
You can see our complete results here.
We are very excited to see that our distribution among multiple variables very closely parallels that of the general population. Here is our height distribution:
The average height was 67.9 inches (5'8") which is almost identical to the average of males and females around the world. The median was 68, with a standard deviation of 4.03.
Male and female representation was nearly identical:
The average weight loss among all members - regardless of their weight loss goals - was 30.5 pounds, with a median weight loss of 25, and standard deviation of 26.9.
Do your own research
"Is there any relationship between weighing yourself and weight loss?"
"How did the Atkins vs Paleo diet compare?"
"How do eating behaviors in Africa differ from those in the United States?"
"Do people in Alabama eat differently than Massachusetts?"
"Was calorie counting associated with greater weight loss?
Answer questions like these, as well as anything you can possibly think of that may come from our questionnaire. We can do things like descriptive statistics, comparing multiple variables, regressions, etc.
Free response analysis
The most powerful, interesting data we have discovered is through our free response search algorithm that finds every mention of a certain disease/condition among the 1,200 pages worth of text submitted by our members. This is an incredible tool for developing hypotheses. For example, this is a list of what the first 1100 members said about hunger, and a few quotes from that list:
"After a lifetime of being overweight... through childhood, the teen years, my twenties, thirties, and forties,... finally, at the age of 55, I experienced a "normal" appetite on a low carb diet. For all of those decades I "overate" because I was hungry...It certainly is NOT a problem of weak willpower."
"At the age of 48 I easilty lost 40 lbs 9 years ago over 9 months on a carb restricted diet, and a further more gradual (but effortless) 10 lbs one year ago when I stopped eating even small amounts of wheat after figuring out that is was the cause of 25 years of GERD (dyspepsia.) I have always been active, even when overweight. I always felt hungry and/or had carb cravings with other diets or even when not dieting (ie, gaining wt)."
"I got most all of my health benefits, getting off blood pressure medicine and such, before I lost any weight at all. And I didn't lose any weight the first month. But I sure pigged out. It's amazing I didn't gain weight, that first month. I never went hungry. I always ate plenty of fatty foods to keep me satisfied. I stopped losing weight after 6 months, however, and I'm still hovering on my plateau, a year later."
"Many who see my weight loss tell me how hard it must have been, but I tell them it wasn't. On the reduced carbo diet, I am almost never hungry. Because of my work schedule, I have no time for exercise and all of the weight loss has been through the change in diet."
If you are interested in getting the anonymized raw data, we can license it to you for a reasonable fee. Or if you want all of the above, we can do that too.
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We want this data to be used by the world, for a better understanding of this way of eating, and we think this is the best way to do it. If you are interested, please fill out this form and we will get back to you shortly.
No go and enjoy this snack.