A weighty issue: Poll reveals what locals think about their weight

The most common New Year's resolution is weight lose. (Stock Photo)

In our UV360 poll, 80 percent of Utah Valley residents voted they would like to lose weight. (Stock Photo)

In a UV360 poll, 80 percent of Utah Valley residents said they’d like to lose weight. Forty-two percent said “a lot of weight,” 38 percent said “a little weight” and 13 percent said “I am my ideal weight.” Seven percent said, “I need to gain a few pounds.”

At a national level, 69.2 percent of Americans are overweight or obese and less than two percent are underweight. Wondering where you fall on the scale? Many nutritionists agree on the body mass index (BMI) as an accurate depiction of how healthy or unhealthy an average American’s weight is. Determine your BMI here.

Wherever you are on your journey to health, consider the following quick tips to point you towards your optimal weight:

Lose a lot of weight: When you feel like you have a long way to go in terms of losing weight, it can be tempting to give up altogether. But don’t lock yourself into a body you’re not happy with just because it is going to take some hard work to get out of it. As Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels says, “It’s not about perfect, it’s about effort.” Losing weight is about so much more than looking good. It’s about how you feel every day. It’s about overcoming physical pain and limitations you may have now and setting yourself up for a long, healthy, happy life. Now is always the time to start. Need help taking the first step? Utah Valley is teeming with weight loss experts. ABSolute Weight Loss and Nutrition in Orem is just one of them.

Lose a little weight: You’re close to where you want to be, and that’s worth applauding. Every person is different in terms of what will push him or her over that plateau, but consider these tips: Surprise your body. When it comes to losing those last few pounds, some trainers swear that interval training is the way to go. Also, take a closer look at your diet. Are those favorite indulgences standing in the way of you being at your ideal health?

I am my ideal weight: Good for you. But as you well know, your health is made up of much more than that number on the scale. What does your diet look like? Are you getting in your daily recommended servings of fruit and veggies? (Find your customized daily recommendation here.) How do you stack up against the CDC’s recommended weekly amount of cardio and weight training exercises?

Gain a few pounds: You want to put on the pounds instead of burn them, so you’re off the hook for exercising, right? Wrong, buddy. As you’ve heard, muscle weighs more than fat, and keeping muscles toned and strong is important to your overall health. While eating more calories is a must when trying to gain weight, be careful not to give yourself a free ticket to overindulge in junk food. Consider eating more foods rich in healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and flaxseed. For a list of more healthy “bulk-up” foods, click here.



Kim calls Utah Valley home, but she spent her high school years in Australia, where she learned to drive on the other side of the road and tolerate Vegemite. Since earning an English degree at BYU, Kimberly has worked for Covenant Communications, Utah Valley Magazine, Daily Herald and Eat My Words. When she isn't writing, Kim loves traveling, teaching Pilates, and spending time with her husband and three children. Read more from Kim at talkingwordy.com.

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