Think you’ve heard everything? Can’t be shocked? Not so fast. Even the most in-the-know people will be surprised at these unbelievable weight loss facts.
- Not having much success with your weight loss efforts? You’re not alone. Only 20% of people who try to lose weight actually succeed at losing it and keeping it off .
- Millions of people attempt to start the year off right by trying to get healthy. That doesn’t go too well though, as losing weight and getting fit is the #1 commonly broken New Year’s resolution. By mid-February gym attendance is back to normal levels .
- Did you know that scientists have discovered a “fat” gene? 16% of the population have 2 copies of the FTO gene. People with the gene are 60% more likely to be obese . The gene has a direct impact on food intake.
- Unfortunately for us, the total number of fat cells can never be lost. However, they can increase in number if they reach their capacity to store fat . Don’t let this discourage you, though. The fat in these cells can shrink to very low levels.
- Obesity is contagious. The people you hang around with have a big impact on your own body composition. If a close friend becomes obese, you have a 171% greater chance of becoming obese yourself .
- Do you get enough sleep? One-third of adults get less than 6 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, studies show that people who sleep less than 6 hours a night have disruptions in their hunger regulating hormones. These hormones result in more late night snacking and an increased calorie consumption, which leads to weight gain .
- Having trouble losing weight? Taking longer than expected? You are not alone. The average person spends 29 years of their life, or 6 months out of every year trying to shape their figure .
- Even though you likely weigh more than you did 20 years ago, you’ve still lost hundreds of pounds. What do I mean? Well, the average woman who has attempted a diet has lost their body weight over 9 times in their lifetime . That’s a true example of yo-yo dieting. Only a lifestyle change will fix that problem.
- Think gaining excessive weight during your pregnancy only affects you? You might want to rethink that philosophy. Researchers have found that mothers who gain too much weight during their pregnancy had kids that were 4 times more likely to be overweight by the age of three. In addition, 8 out of 10 obese children become obese adults .
- Obesity has a big economic impact too. Did you know that smoking is no longer the number one economic cost to national healthcare? Obesity has now captured the no. 1 position at a cost of $190 billion a year .
- Even though the public’s awareness of the health concerns of obesity is on the rise, the rate of obesity has not declined. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 36% of adults and nearly 20% of kids aged 6-19 are obese. For adults, if you add overweight individuals to the obesity stat, the percentage rises to 70% .
- Do you keep a food journal? Perhaps you should be. A study found that simply writing down the food you eat can increase the amount of weight you lose. How much? Compared to the individuals who didn’t keep any records, the food journalers lost twice as much weight .
- With today’s hectic lifestyles fast food is a popular dining choice. Unfortunately, the average fast food meal contains approximately 1200 calories . That’s about half of your daily calorie allotment in one single meal.
- Eating is not the only way to consume calories. Liquid calories also make up a huge part of young adults’ calorie totals. In fact, nearly 400 calories are consumed from sweetened beverages every single day. That’s about 25% of their total daily calorie intake .
- It’s quite likely you know someone who is currently on a diet. That’s not really all that surprising since there are currently 108 million people on a diet in the United States .
- The weight loss industry is a billion dollar industry – $60.9 billion to be exact . Since 108 million people are on a diet, that means they spend an average of $564 each to lose weight. But remember, only 20% of those people actually succeed at losing weight and keeping it off.
- A pound of muscle burns about 5.67 calories per day . If you were to add just 17lbs of muscle to your frame, you would burn an extra 35,000 calories each year. That’s the equivalent of 10 pounds. Are you strength training yet?
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