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Why Americans are unsuccessful at losing weight

Why Americans are unsuccessful at losing weight

8 reasons (self-reported) Americans don’t reach their goal weight:

According to the Calorie Control Council National Consumer Survey (2010), 54% of Americans are “trying to lose weight”. (More diet statistics)

Here are the self-reported reasons they are not successful at losing their desired amount of weight:

69% don’t get enough exercise

62% think their metabolism is slowing down

Strength training can help you maintain your muscle mass and resting metabolism.

Adults who do not exercise and strength training regularly lose approximately 5 pounds of muscle and experience a 5% decrease in their resting metabolism every decade. (#1 reason to strength train)

52% snack too much

50% don’t have enough self-discipline

49% often overindulge in their favorite foods

41% often eat for emotional reasons

38% often overeat during meals

Eating slower can help you eat less and enjoy your food.

33% have trouble with healthy eating at restaurants

Americans generally use one of 13 methods to “try to lose weight”; some are successful and others are not. Here are 10 proven strategies to lose weight and keep it off, from those who have successfully done it.

 
Source:
Calorie Control Council National Consumer Survey, 2010 (http://www.aloriecontrol.org/press-room/trends-and-statistics)
 



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