MyFitnessPal, Under Armour’s app for tracking exercise and diet, sets out to answer that very question. The app’s blog has released a report called “How to Eat Like a Successful MyFitnessPal User” that details its findings on how real people lose weight.
MyFitnessPal analyzed data from UnderArmour’s 150 million users to find common diet trends among successful users, defined as those who have set a weight-loss goal and are within 5 percent of reaching it.
Users generally had similar calorie goals and ate similar percentages of fat, carbohydrates, sugar and protein. But there was one notable difference between successful users and everyone else. They ate 29 percent more fiber on average. However, their fiber intake still fell below the daily recommended amount: 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
What other foods were popular with successful dieters? These users favored nuts and healthful oils, such as avocado oil and coconut oil. In comparison with the rest of the MyFitnessPal population, they ate 10 percent more olive oil, which studies have found to be full of health benefits.
Successful users ate 10 percent more yogurt and almonds, but consumed less meat (11 percent less) and eggs (13 percent less). They also ate lower percentages of grains like bread (9.6 percent less), pasta (12.75 percent less) and cereal (20 percent less).
You can read the full report and view the infographic of 12 foods and their popularity here. It seems for those resolving to lose weight, go with fiber and (good) fat.
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