This Is How Much Exercise the Average American Needs to Do to Lose Weight

Countless studies and articles will tell you what you already know; eat less and exercise more to lose weight. Some of these exercise plans are meant to aid people in losing large amounts of weight or are crazy crash diets.

What about the average American who’s ready to commit to exercising the pounds away? We’ve calculated how much you’ll need to exercise to lose those last 30, 10, even five pounds of stubborn weight, while following a healthy diet.

Let’s start with how much the average American eats

Man about to eat a burger.

Man about to eat a burger. You probably eat way more than you should. | Kzenon/iStock/Getty Images Plus

It should come as no surprise that Americans eat a lot more than we used to. The average American consumed 3,639 calories per day in 2016 according to Business Insider.

This is significantly more than necessary to maintain a healthy weight; according to the Pew Research Center, a 40-year-old man of average height and weight who’s moderately active needs 2,400 calories; a 40-year-old woman with corresponding characteristics needs 1,850 calories.

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