Half of Americans Currently Trying to Lose Weight

January 18, 2019

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Ever feel like everyone is on a diet or trying to eat more healthy? It's not your imagination because according to a new study, 49% of Americans are trying to drop those excess pounds. So basically half of those you know likely may be on some sort of diet or working out to lose some weight right now!

I know I am always hoping to lose weight. Ideally, I would like to drop 10-15 pounds or so, but I am not obsessive about it. 

The Centers for Disease Control found that between 2013 and 2016, nearly half of Americans were trying to lose weight in the previous 12 months. If you go onto Instagram and put in #weightloss in the search, you will find over 46 million posts using that hashtag. A lot of people use Insta as a way to share their weight loss journies by posting before and after's and their meal prepping plans. 

I know I have used my account like that in the past. 

A day late but here’s my #transformationtuesday! The left in 2006 and the right is today at 168lbs! #wls #wlscommunity #vsg #rny

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The research also found that the majority of people trying to lose weight were women. Also, younger people and those with a higher socioeconomic status were more likely to attempt to lose weight. Losing weight can be hard because it does take a lot of dedication and work. If you opt for some crazy, fad diet as your means to weight loss, you likely will not have lasting results. Also, experts have proven many of those fad diets are dangerous and very unhealthy. 

Obviously what you eat plays into if you will be successful, but you also need to burn more calories so that means you have to work out if you really want to see results.