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Obesity in America and lack of exercise

Updated on January 18, 2011

Are you afraid to step on the scale?

Keep yourself fit and trim ...exercise!!
Keep yourself fit and trim ...exercise!!

Obesity in America ...is it because of the lack of activity and lack of exercise?

More than 30% of Americans are showing some signs of being overweight even though we have all these diet and fitness crazes coming out every year …but yet, the pounds still seem to be packing on at an alarming rate. Even with the billions of dollars being spent on the new, best diet or the next quick fix remedy.

Every year, around the first of the New Year …out comes all the media hype about the next big breakthrough in the weight loss industry. But do they work? Some do and some don’t. Some are short term and some are long term. But in the end, do they really work?

The latest surveys estimate that 20-50% of Americans are on some kind of diet and spend in excess of 30 billion dollars a year on diet plans and products …and for those that stay with the programs and lose some weight …it is estimated that those who do lose the weight...about two thirds of them will regain the lost weight in two to five years. What’s up with that?

So we ask the question …

  • “Is it the typical western diet?”
  • “Is it the serving size?”
  • “Is it the consumption of processed foods?”
  • “Is it the snack food loaded with sugar?”
  • “Is it the life style associated with fast food?”
  • “Is it hormonal?”
  • “Is it because of slow metabolism?”

Or can it be, in part, because of the lack of activity and lack of exercise?

The experts all agree, that the most common causes of those unwanted “extra” pounds is because of poor diet, bad habits and lack of exercise.

Lets talk about exercise …your body burns about 12 calories per pound at rest during the course of the day. So if you were roughly 180 pounds, you would use up about 2,160 calories per day just resting. So, if your job is setting at a desk in front of the computer all day …there’s really not much extra calorie burning activity going on there...agreed?

Let’s say you get up in the morning and have breakfast. Eggs, bacon, toast and a glass of juice or a cream and sugar coffee …400 calories. At your office work, it’s your morning break and you have another coffee with just a small, small donut …200 calories. Then it’s a fast food lunch because you only have a half hour lunch …another 1000 -1500 calories on average. And for dinner …well, you have to reward yourself for the very good job you did today, so you go out to dinner, yep, full course steak dinner with a big desert …you earned it! …1200 calories. That’s not counting the two drinks you had before your dinner was served!! Then a relaxing evening at home watching TV …it’s snack time …another piece of chocolate and a couple chocolate chip cookie …300 calories. Then a night cap (wine) …200 calories …just to make you sleep well. Do the math …that’s a total of 3500 calories for the day and we didn’t have any time left over to participate in any activity or exercise …but, we always say...we will tomorrow for sure!!

I don’t know what your numbers came out to, but my numbers say your about 3500 -2160 = 1340 calories over the limit. With those numbers, without any extra activity and lack of exercise …if that was any indication of your eating habits or lifestyle, you would be gaining a few extra pounds every month …that is, if you don’t do any activity or exercise at all…so, try to take some personal time for yourself for that much needed exercise and burn off those excess calories.

As an added benefit …drink plenty of clean fresh filtered water with 2-4 ounces of the “best tasting Aloe Vera” every day …add to that, Super ForceONE to “rev up” your metabolism to help burn off those excess calories...and LifeTrim...to curb your appetite... know your supplier!!

What is your opinion about overweight Americans?

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      gjcody 6 years ago

      Thank you goprisca ...I appreciate your comment ...my best to you!

      Yes ...just sit in the stores and watch the people and you will see the obesity and the problem that it has caused many people can hardly walk.

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      goprisca 6 years ago from Bangalore

      Very informative hub.

      obesity is the problem allover the world.

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      chaser4 6 years ago

      Hello gjcody...I'm getting closer and closer to the 500 less calories per day.....you're correct...it's all about mathematics...3500 calories equal a pound....500 less calories per day = 500 calories X 7 days = 3500 calories = one pound per week drop....that's remarkable...why don't someone teach that concept?....Just joking, I know you teach it...but most don't wants to pay the price!!!

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      gjcody 6 years ago

      2besure ...that is a good thing. Keep up the activity on the bike. Remember ...it takes 21 days to form a habit and one day to break the habit. Thanks for your comment!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great points. I am a total couch potato, but last week I bought an exercise bike so I am doing better.

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      gjcody 6 years ago

      Susie ...thank you for your comment. Keep those workouts going. Best thing for you ...not only for your body ..but for your brain.

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      gjcody 6 years ago

      Thanks Chaser ..I can never say enough about obesity or the food that we eat. Thanks for your comment.

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      gjcody 6 years ago

      skyblugurll1 ..Well put and simply said ...thank you for your comment.

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      skyblugurll1 6 years ago from Wisconsin USA

      We are getting fat due to the massive availability of processed foods and the lack of knowledge about proper nutrition. If food wouldn't be so available, we'd have to "work" to find it and capture it... right? So, I think that says that your theory is correct... food availability + processed food + ignorance + no exercise = fat people!

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Good article. Makes me feel good to know that I go to the gym for at least 30 mins a day.

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      chaser4 6 years ago

      Hey gjcody...welcome back....good article. Keep them coming.

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