Why Americans are Fatter Than Ever

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Americans are ditching the diet lifestyle. | Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

Why Americans are Fatter Than Ever

Despite theِ internet’s efforts toِ promote healthy living, obesity rates keepِ climbing.
The results ofِ the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey in 2017 revealed overِ 30% ofِ Americans 20 orِ older sayِ they areِ obese.
Here areِ the reasons theseِ numbers haveِ yet toِ improve overِ the decades.

Americans are giving up on diets — and not in a good way

For years, theِ diet industry hasِ collected billions fromِ prospective dieters.
Now fewerِ Americans areِ buying intoِ the traditional diet mentality, saysِ The New York Post.
People areِ trading expert advice inِ favor ofِ their ownِ ideas aboutِ what eating healthy means — andِ it clearlyِ isn’t working.

You might be eating the wrong kind of sugar. | Ryan McVay/Getty Images

We’re using exercise as an excuse to eat whatever we want

Many people stillِ think exercise isِ the mostِ important weight loss strategy, evenِ though itِ isn’t.
Even worse, there’s a misconception thatِ burning moreِ calories means youِ canِ consume moreِ food andِ still lose weight.
To actuallyِ lose weight, youِ needِ to eat fewerِ calories, eat betterِ calories, andِ burn bothِ muscle andِ fat.

Still, we’re eating way too many ‘diet foods’

Diet foods — notِ justِ diet drinks — aren’t making usِ anyِ healthier.
Low-fat foods, forِ example, aren’t anyِ healthier thanِ full-fat foods inِ most cases.
Low-fat, sugar-free, gluten-free snack foods likeِ crackers andِ trail mix areِ still snack foods.

We’re not doing the right workouts

That spin class doesn’t justify that second helping of food. | SolisImages/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Sorry toِ break itِ to you, butِ doing yoga everyِ day isn’t a weight loss solution.
Yoga isِ great forِ relaxation, flexibility, andِ even mood andِ socialization.
The reason people sign upِ forِ gym memberships andِ never goِ to theِ gym mayِ beِ because theyِ don’t knowِ what toِ doِ — andِ alsoِ aren’t embracing physical activities theyِ actuallyِ enjoy.

You’re addicted to sugar, and you’re addicted to sugar, and so are you

Science hasِ spent years blaming saturated fat forِ weight gain andِ obesity, whenِ sugar mightِ prove anِ even moreِ dangerous enemy.
Added sugars, likeِ the onesِ you’ll find inِ most processed foods, replace nutritious foods, destroy yourِ liver, andِ make youِ overeat.
We don’t wantِ toِ give upِ sugar, evenِ though it’s literally forcing ourِ bodies toِ hold ontoِ excess fat.

We’re sitting too much

Your gym routine might not be very effective. | DeanDrobot/iStock/Getty Images

Weight gain isn’t justِ aboutِ what we’re eating orِ howِ much we’re exercising.
Even ifِ you work outِ regularly andِ eat nutritious food, you’re notِ doingِ yourself anyِ favors planting yourِ butt inِ a chair allِ day orِ onِ the couch cushions allِ evening.
Research suggests we’re burning offِ lessِ energy bothِ atِ work andِ at home thanِ we usedِ to, whichِ isn’t helping.

We’re all sleep deprived, and we know it

Approximately a thirdِ ofِ Americans aren’t gettingِ enoughِ sleep, saysِ the CDC.
Not spending enoughِ time snoozing canِ cause weight gain, partially forِ hormonal reasons.
Losing sleep toِ work, spend time withِ family andِ friends, orِ watch Netflix justِ isn’t worth theِ long-term health consequences.

Your job might require you to sit all day. | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty images