As the weather gets warmer and summer’s season of bathing suits and shorts and sleeveless shirts looms, people start looking at those extra pounds they put on over the winter. Weight loss isn’t supposed to be a numbers game, but here are some facts to keep in mind.

As the weather gets warmer and summer’s season of bathing suits and shorts and sleeveless shirts looms, people start looking at those extra pounds they put on over the winter. Weight loss isn’t supposed to be a numbers game, but here are some facts to keep in mind.

60
The adult body is 60 percent water, so even the slightest fluctuations can affect your weight.

78
Percent of people studied who eat breakfast and have maintained weight loss of 30 pounds or more for more than a year.

26
One Long Island iced tea is the equivalent in calories to 26 fat-fried onion rings.

10
People who ate fast food more than twice a week gained 10 more pounds than those who ate fast food less than once a week, according to a 15-year study.

50 million
Number of Americans who will go on diets this year.

5 percent
The number of Americans who will keep the weight off in the long run.

$30 billion
Amount Americans spend on diet programs and products, including diet foods and drinks.

1
Most experts recommend losing weight slowly, at a rate of 1 pound per week.

500
If you consumer 500 fewer calories per day, you’ll lose the recommended 1 pound per week.

111
Number of ingredients banned by the FDA that were once found in over-the-counter diet products.

5
If you’re planning on losing weight, make sure you have at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.

Sources: WebMD.com, FDA,