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US Consumes Most Calories of Any Country Around the World

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:40:56 +0000

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Given all the reports about how fat Americans have become over the past two decades, it's been drummed in our heads that men should not exceed more than 2,400 calories daily while the limit for women is 2,000. Well, as the saying goes, good luck with that.

The health website Evoke.ie looked at the calorie intake of people from various countries around the world, and probably to the shock of no one, the U.S. ranks number one.

Americans consume an average of 3,770 calories a day, well over the limits set by health experts. Not to be undone, Austria is a close second at 3,760 while Italy is in third place with 3,660 a day.

Meanwhile, citizens of Israel, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and New Zealand all exceed 3,000 calories a day on average.

So, what’s the best way to burn off calories. Evoke.ie recommends running up and down the stairs for two-and-a-half minutes to melt off 200 calories. Doing jumping jacks for the same amount of time also burns 200 calories.

If you can figure out how to run up and down stairs while doing jumping jacks, you'll lose weight in no time, provided you don't lose your footing first.

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