ATLANTA—Every New Year brings a host a weight-loss resolutions for Americans, and this year is no different. According to a recent survey by the Calorie Control Council185 million Americans have been "weight conscious" during the past year, and 54% say are achieving their goals by exercise, cutting back on sugar by using low-calorie or reduced-sugar products, and restricting portion sizes.
The Council predicts the following five trends when it comes to dieting, weight loss and physical activity in 2012::
- More focus on farm to table: Trying to buy local products and cook seasonally.
- Branching out and trying more international types of foods: food choices will be influenced more often by other countries and ethnic cuisines.
- Trendy exercises: In terms of exercise, the “barre" exercises will become more popular—with an emphasis on strengthening and lengthening muscles, taking a cue from ballet and dance-type exercises.
- Calories count: According to the CCC, 82% of American adults consume low-calorie and sugar-free foods and beverages to reduce calories and cut back on added sugars in their diets. That number will increase as more low-calorie products and recipes are introduced to the public.
- Family meals more in vogue: Due to the economy people are eating out less and there will be more of a focus on nutritious, easy recipes that can get to the table quickly, but still bring the family together on a budget.
“With life busier and more stressful than ever, rather than making a complete overhaul, people will be looking for small steps they can take to be healthier," said Beth Hubrich, a registered dietitian and executive director of the CCC. “Simple lifestyle changes such as increasing fruit and veggies by one serving per day, cutting out 50-150 calories per day by eating fewer bites of a sandwich, choosing a diet soda or low-cal beverage in place of the regular versions, and exercising 10 minutes here or there, can make a big difference in 2012 and hopefully for life."