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58 percent of Americans admit they need to lose weight and 37 percent admit they need to lose 10 pounds or more of body weight, according to a recent weight loss survey by the Calorie Control Council. So why are Americans becoming more overweight?

Weight Loss Survey - What Americans Do Right
The weight loss survey finds that Americans understand that fad short-term diets spell failure and realize it takes permanent lifestyle changes lose and maintain weight loss. 24 percent of adults (51 million people) are currently on a weight loss diet and more are likely to be practicing sensible dieting behaviors (e.g., 98 percent of dieters are cutting down on high-fat foods and beverages, versus 81 percent in 1986).

Weight Loss Survey - What Americans Do Wrong

We're not exercising enough. Although 45 percent of adults say they get at least some (moderate) exercise at least five times a week, that still leaves well over half of American adults who get inadequate regular exercise, according to the weight loss survey.

We're still eating too much fat. The most recent government data indicate that Americans still get, on average, 34 percent of their daily calories from fat. Most nutritionists recommend limiting fat intake to 30 percent. The good news is, a decade ago the average American got 40 percent of calories from fat.

We're eating too much, period. Our calorie intake keeps going up - currently at over 2,000 calories a day compared with 1,800 in the 1970s - and health experts agree that excess calories from any source will contribute to obesity, and that calories still count.

We're faced with powerful obstacles to weight loss. The survey asked people who said they need to lose weight why they hadn't been successful at maintaining their desired weight. The number one answer: "don't exercise enough," followed by "snack too much," "eat too many high fat foods," " often splurge on favorite foods," "often overeat at mealtimes," and "often eat for emotional reasons."

Weight Loss Survey - Method
The survey findings are based on a nationally projectable sample of 1,200 people aged 18 and older. The sample reliability is 2.8 percent. The survey was completed in July 2000 by Booth Research Services, Inc., for the Calorie Control Council, a non-profit international association of manufacturers of low-calorie, reduced-fat and light foods and beverages.

Source: Press Release: CaloriesCount.com.

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