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Would you give up sex for a summer if it would guarantee you wouldn't gain weight? You're not the only one. In a new survey, more than 50 percent of American women said they would rather give up their sex life for a summer than gain 10 pounds. Twenty-five percent of men said they would make the same sacrifice.
The survey, conducted by Nutrisystem, reveals that sex isn’t the only thing people would gladly give up to get slim. Even in our flailing economy, more Americans said they’d take a 10-to-20-pound weight loss over a promotion at work.
The overwhelming majority of Americans polled -- 73 percent -- also said they would be willing to give up their TV, cell phones or computers for a flat stomach at the beach. This, coming from a group who also reports they won’t diet when they know they should because they don’t want to give up their favorite food. Someone needs to educate these people about the concept of all food in moderation.
“The fact of the matter is, America is obsessed with dieting and weight loss, but the majority of Americans aren’t eating healthier or getting thinner,” chairman and CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc. Joe Redling said in a statement.
Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 66 percent said they needed to lose weight in order to feel sexier (not sure why, since they don’t care about sex), and wanted to lose an average of 23 pounds. The Nutrisystem survey was also able to determine the relative healthfulness of respondents’ lifestyle. Only 35 percent fell into the healthy category, which was defined by making healthy food choices, limiting portion sizes, and exercising regularly.
So what this study suggests to me is that Americans are willing to give up just about everything for a smaller waist -- except their favorite food, huge portions and a sweat-free existence. Come on, people, this is just depressing. You’d rather give up sex, a promotion, your cell phone, computer and television than sweat at the gym, cut back on junk food and be hungry once in awhile -- basically, all the things we know actually help you lose weight and keep it off?
Maybe you think I don’t get to judge because I’m thin, but I do have to work at it. I go to the gym when I don’t want to and throw a mental tantrum the entire time. I’ll limit my favorite foods, like ribs and fried chicken, because I don’t really want to die early -- or accumulate any more cellulite on my thighs, for that matter. I realize the whole process of trying to lose weight stinks -- and I’m speaking as someone who lost 20 pounds -- but if you can unplug from all of your technology, I bet you have all the grit you need to work out and exercise portion control. You just have to believe it.
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