Countless studies and articles will tell you what you already know: Eat less and exercise more to lose weight. Some of these exercise plans are meant to aid people in losing large amounts of weight or are crazy crash diets. But what about the average American who’s ready to commit to exercising the pounds away?
The average American eats nearly 2,000 calories too many
It should come as no surprise that Americans eat a lot more than we used to. The average American consumed 3,639 calories per day in 2016 according to Business Insider.
This is significantly more than necessary to maintain a healthy weight; according to the Pew Research Center, a 40-year-old man of average height and weight who’s moderately active needs 2,400 calories; a 40-year-old woman with corresponding characteristics needs 1,850 calories.
We exercise 30 minutes less than the daily recommendation
To remain healthy, a Mayo Clinic study found the average person needs to exercise 150 minutes a week.
A CDC study found that most Americans don’t even come close to meeting the requirements for healthy exercise. Only 20.6% of people met the recommended 150 minutes per week. According to the Washingtonian, “researchers found that adults only do 17 minutes of fitness activities per day,” which falls short of the healthy requirement by about 30 minutes per week.