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Table 3 Weight loss methods employed by our subjects during the previous year and the methods used by wrestlers in the US [2, 6, 10, 1923]

From: Patterns of weight loss and supplement consumption of male wrestlers in Tehran

Category of Methods Methods of weight reduction Number of subjects (percent) Wrestlers in the US
Exercise Increasing exercise 301(69) 48 to 97
  Eating less food in each meal 257(59) 66 to 73
Dietary Restricting food (skipping 1-2 meals per day) 257(56) 50 to 77
  Fasting (not eating all day) 118(27) 8 to 61
  Special dietary regime 92(21) _
  Restricting fluids 183(42) 17 to 80
  Using saunas 170(39) 15 to 81
Fluid reduction Using rubber/plastic suits 153(35) 23 to 49
  Using steam room 61(14) _
  Drug, diuretics 31(7) 0 to 16
Using Pharmacologic agent except diuretics Other drugs 9(2) 4 to 10
  Drug, laxative 9(2) 0 to 18