Vitality

6 Reasons Americans Fail To Be Healthy

You are your own worst enemy. This is the message left by a new survey of 2,000 Americans highlighting the reasons why people tend to give up or fail to achieve their health goals. 

The survey presented by LuckyVitamin and conducted by OnePoll shows that temptation of unhealthy food, lack of motivation and failure to find time to exercise are the top three barriers preventing people to stay active and healthy, New York Post reported. Eating treats around the holidays and lack of time to eat or prepare healthy food also held respondents back from reaching their wellness goals. 

More than 80 percent of the respondents expressed interest in taking steps to become healthier prior to the survey. Some people had ambitions of making healthier food choices, exercising more frequently and maintaining a healthy weight.

However, majority of the group failed to achieve their goals. Less than half of the group or 46 percent only admitted to feeling like they achieved their goals.

Why Americans Fail To Be Healthy: In Numbers

  • Temptation of unhealthy foods (42 percent)
  • Lack of motivation (40 percent)
  • Lack of time to exercise (33 percent)
  • Eating treats around the holidays (30 percent)
  • Lack of time to eat/prepare healthy foods (27 percent)
  • “Treat yourself” mentality (22 percent)

Researchers said lack of support contributed to the challenges facing Americans, with 50 percent saying they felt alone as they work toward their fitness goals.

The respondents said they tried a variety of resources to find encouragement, including wellness advisers, health magazines, online forums and social media influencers. However, 66 percent of the respondents said they were overwhelmed by the amount of information available online, which led to confusion.

They struggled to identify how to eat balanced meals, how to choose the best meal plan, when to take vitamins or supplements and how to use different workout equipment at the gym.

“These numbers underscore the recurring themes we hear every day,” Jeremy Wolf, a licensed naturopathic physician, said. “Natural products — vitamins and supplements in particular — come in such a wide variety of formulations, tailored to specific needs; however, the sheer volume of choices and information available causes second-guessing.”

Researchers suggested that collaboration or having a partner helped 83 percent of respondents to be more successful in their efforts.

“Having one-on-one support and a high level of confidence in your choices makes a big difference in living well,” Sam Wolf, LuckyVitamin’s founder and chief wellness spreader, said. 

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