3 Surprising Statistics About Long-Term Weight Loss


Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions — and the one many fail at. Why can’t people sustain long-term weight loss? Here are a few statistics that may surprise you:

Over 80% of diets are deficient in vegetables, fruits, and dairy (Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025)

Most fad diets are centered around restriction, which is why weight loss diets often fail to provide sustainable results. Even when you’re trying to lose weight, you must nourish your body; stop depriving yourself!

A well-balanced diet plays a huge role in losing weight and sustaining that weight loss. Though everyone’s bodies are different, each person requires a variety of macronutrients for optimal performance. Each of your meals should contain a protein, nutrient-rich carb or veggie, and a fat. Sustainable weight loss does not require restriction — focus on portion control and meeting your macronutrient requirements to see long-term results!

25.6% adults in the US do not exercise (Statista, 2020)

Two of the most important factors in weight loss are nutrition and fitness. Many people who fail at sustaining weight loss do not have a regular exercise routine. Many believe it is as simple as adopting a restrictive diet, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Exercise, specifically resistance training, improves metabolism and overall body composition. If you want to see sustainable, long-term weight loss, you must consume well-balanced meals and burn fat with exercise or resistance training.

70% of Americans say they stress-eat (WebMD, 2020)

Food is intended to nourish and fuel our bodies — purely necessity! However, the majority of people find comfort and enjoyment in eating as well. This often manifests in the form of emotional eating or stress eating. Remember the last time you had a bad day and sought comfort on your couch with a bag of potato chips? This is way more common than you think, but unfortunately, may be a habit you want to break if trying to sustain weight loss.

You can still enjoy the foods you love — or at the very least, healthier alternatives — and keep the weight off. It’s all about moderation!

Additionally, it’s important that you find new ways to manage your emotions and stress to help curb binge eating. One of the best ways to relieve stress is to exercise. That’s right — when we exercise, we release “feel good” endorphins!

Are you struggling to keep the weight off? Have you tried every weight loss method with no sustainable results? Through customized nutrition and fitness training, the professionals at Your Lean Life can help you achieve the body of your dreams. Contact us today!