11/29/2011 08:35 am ET Updated Nov 29, 2011

Gallup Study Reveals Americans' Strategies For Weight Loss

Fifty-two percent of Americans have successfully lost weight at least once in their lives, and Gallup reports many of their go-to strategies for weight loss.

When broadly grouping their strategies into either "just dieting," "just exercising" or "both dieting and exercising," Gallup researchers found that 47 percent of people who have lost weight say that they opt for both diet and exercise, while 32 percent said that only dieting worked for them and 19 percent said only exercise worked for them.

The report also shows that three in 10 Americans -- 32 percent of women, and 25 percent of men -- are right now trying to lose weight because they consider themselves as above their ideal weight. Seventy-three percent of women have tried to lose weight in their lives, while 55 percent of men have ever tried to lose weight, according to Gallup.

The results are based on responses from phone interviews between Nov. 3 and 6, of 1,012 adults in the U.S.

Check out what Gallup respondents said were their most effective strategies for weight loss, including their healthy and not-so-healthy choices (Note: Percentages total more than 100 percent because the survey participants were able to note multiple responses).