If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you know it’s one of the greatest party destinations on Earth.
The lights! The sounds! The Wayne Newton! And most of all, those massive $100,000 jackpots! There’s nothing more exciting than spending a few days in Sin City. But after a few days, there’s actually nothing more unhealthy.
According to a report published by Men’s Fitness, Las Vegas topped the list of “Worst Metropolitan Cities for Weight Loss.” One can immediately think of the enormous buffets and nonstop drinking, all of which can contribute to weight gain. But this study was actually covering residents of cities in the United States, and those in Las Vegas were among the unhealthiest people. Chalk it up to the city’s high number of greasy fast food joints, low number of fitness centers, unbearable heat and the long distances between commercial and residential areas, and you can see how physical activity doesn’t happen much. Put those together and you’ve got a perfect storm for weight gain.
Perhaps that’s really why what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas; everyone is so out of shape, they can’t even get off the couch!
The other cities that keep people fat? Fort Worth, TX; Bakersfield, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Riverside-San Bernadino, CA. Basically, if you live in some flat sun-baked expanse of suburbia where all you see are cars and malls, you’re probably going to pack on the pounds.
This explains why the best city for weight loss is non-other-than San Francisco, where residents drive less, walk or bike to work, and are constantly hiking up and down those massive hills they call city streets.
That said, there’s no need to pack your bags and head to the City by the Bay. Regular exercise helps, so that when you do hit the Vegas buffet you have a regular routine to help burn off the extra calories. Portion control is also a huge factor. If you are able to control how much food you put into your body on a daily basis, you’ll feel full faster on rich or heavy foods and be less tempted to go back to the buffet for 8, 9, or 10 helpings.
There is also new research that helps people lose weight, even when they don’t always have access to the healthiest food options. One of these researchers, Dr. Alan Hirsch, realized that since people were always going to want to eat tasty, high-calorie foods, the solution would be to help them eat less of those items. Basically, he knew that the secret to weight loss was appetite control.
After years of extensive research, Dr. Hirsch discovered “Tastants,” tasteless and odorless compounds that, when sprinkled on any food, make people eat less of it and feel full quicker. In a significant study, those who dieted with Tastants lost an average of 30.5 pounds—nearly 15% of their total body weight! Also, none of them experienced any unpleasant side-effects because Tastants do not directly interact with the body’s digestive system.
Many people have heard of the product name for Tastants: Sensa. And, according to published reports, it actually works. So rather than skip Las Vegas or move yourself and your family to San Francisco, perhaps all you really need is a sprinkling of help.