6 Habits of the Slimmest Americans

How the "Colorado lifestyle" can help you shed pounds for good

August 27, 2013
Weight-Loss Secrets
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If you're searching for a fitness role model, you might want to skip the Hollywood Hills and look to the everyday Americans residing in the Rocky Mountains, instead. Colorado has remained the leanest state in the country for the past decade, boasting an overall obesity rate of 21 percent. Compare that to the national average of 28 percent, and the takeaway is clear: The Centennial State is doing something right.

But it's not as if Colorado is a fitness fantasyland where everyone is an Olympian and calories don't exist. "Our climate, culture, and physical surroundings might make it a little easier to be active and stay at a healthy weight," says Holly Wyatt, MD, associate director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado-Denver and co-author of State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet. "But anyone can adopt the key factors for weight maintenance in their own state."

After years of studying the habits of the successful weight "losers" in the National Weight Control Registry and observing the healthy behaviors of their Colorado neighbors, Wyatt and her colleague and co-author James Hill, PhD, executive director of the Anschutz Center, have identified six healthy habits for staying slim for good. Here they are, as adapted from State of Slim.

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