Blog Contest Entries Reveal Surprising Demographics About Low-Carb Dieters

Filed under: Events — @ May 3, 2008


I’m announcing the WINNERS of my blogiversary contest!

I just celebrated the third anniversary of my “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog last month with an extensive list of 100 great prizes for you to win. It has become my annual tradition and I’m happy to oblige my wonderful readers who like to win stuff by giving as many of you as possible a good chance. And this year’s contest was no different with a record-breaking number of entries from the United States, Canada and around the world.

Before I share who the winners were, I wanted to make a few comments about the people who entered. A total of 37 of the 50 states were represented with California leading the pack followed by Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Florida. I was surprised North Carolina wasn’t better represented since I have a lot of readers in that state. And Virginia came out of nowhere with a boatload of entries unlike in years past. Also represented in the entries from overseas was Poland, the UK, Ireland, and Canada.

One interesting thing that came to light in the entries was my question about which plan you are following and for how long. This was totally fascinating to me since the people who entered represent a large cross-section of the thousands of people who read my blog each day. Wanna take a wild guess at which low-carb plan most people follow?

ATKINS ruled the roost with 63 percent of the people on it. But the second place low-carb plan was a shocker–MY OWN PLAN. It garnered 13 percent of the vote putting it ahead of South Beach (6 percent), Protein Power (5 percent), and Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Diet (3 percent). Other plans receiving votes included Somersize, Barry Groves, the TNT Diet, Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet, Weight Watcher’s “core” plan, Mary Enig’s Coconut Diet, and Dr. Mercola’s No Grain Diet. Clearly, low-carb is not dead and there are a variety of plans to choose from based on these responses.

How about the length of time people have been following the low-carb lifestyle? This way of eating can’t possibly be attracting new people with all the constant negativity from the media and health “experts” about it, can it? Well, according to these results, the answer is an unequivocal YES! A full 41 percent of the respondents have been on their chosen low-carb plan less than a year. This means people are STILL finding out the truth about low-carb living and are giving it a whirl. Over one-third (34 percent) have been low-carbing for 1-3 years and one-fourth are long-term low-carb veterans by livin’ la vida low-carb for more than three years. These numbers don’t lie–low-carb is here to stay!

I decided to do another trivia scavenger hunt challenge with this year’s blogiversary since it went over so well last year. But I was surprised to see so many people get hung up on the following questions (I’ve provided a link to where you could find each of the correct answers):

a. Which low-carb doctor did I nominate for Diabetes Educator Of The Year in 2007?

ANSWER: Dr. Mary C. Vernon

b. In what city did the 2007 Eastern Regional American Society of Bariatric Physicians and Nutrition & Metabolism Society meeting take place?

ANSWER: Nashville

c. What is the name of the world’s fattest man who has lost over 500 pounds on a low-carb diet over the past two years?

ANSWER: Manuel Uribe

d. Name the low-carb recipe I accidentally created after mixing a ChocoPerfection bar and coconut oil together and poured it on top of ice cream.

ANSWER: “Magic Shell”

e. Who wrote and released the bestselling health book Good Calories, Bad Calories under a cloud of controversy in September 2007?

ANSWER: Gary Taubes

Although everyone got c. and e. right, the others gave some people trouble. The most often missed question was a. In their haste to find the answer, most people neglected to read the most important word in that question–NOMINATED! So to all of you who answered “Barbara Odom,” I gotcha! Of course, I benevolently gave each of you a second chance and everyone got it right the second go around. The answer to b. was also a trick question because I just got back from the Western Regional ASBP conference in Phoenix, so the key word in that question was EASTERN. This one tripped up a fair share of people, although not as many as a. did. For d., I got a few answers like chocolate dipped strawberries, but most people got that one right.

These contests are always fun and I’m glad to see so many of you take advantage of participating. Okay, well THANKS so much for reading and we’ll be seeing you around…what’s that? What do you mean I haven’t announced the winners…OH YEAH! That’s what you’ve been waiting for, right? Duh, silly me.

Click here to find out if you were one of the prize winners in the 3rd Annual Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Blogiversary Giveaway Contest.

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