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Weighty data for losing weight in the new year

The skinny on just how much Americans overindulge during the holidays, and how to burn it off.

Associated Press

By Marisa Dellatto

> 32 — Percent of Americans whose New Year’s resolution is to lose weight

> 30 — Minutes of daily exercise recommended at minimum for adults

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> 2,000 — Daily caloric intake standard used on nutrition labels (individual calorie needs vary by height, weight, age, and activity levels)

> 195.5 — Average weight of the American male 20 and older

> 166.2 — Average weight of an American female 20 and older

> 26 — Pounds gained annually by someone who eats 250 more calories a day than recommended without upping exercise levels

> 250 — Calories in a 1.74-ounce package of peanut M&M’s, a small McDonald’s hamburger, or a 20-ounce Dunkin’ Donuts peppermint mocha hot coffee

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> 6,560 — Estimated number of calories Americans who celebrate Christmas consume that day

WHAT DOES A 155-POUND PERSON BURN IN 30 MINUTES OF . . . ?

> Running at 6 miles per hour — 372 calories

> Playing basketball — 298 calories

> Sleeping — 23 calories

> Watching TV — 28 calories

> Sitting in meetings — 60 calories

> Grocery shopping — 130 calories

> Shoveling snow — 223 calories

> Ice Skating — 260 calories

WHAT DOES A 185-POUND PERSON BURN IN 30 MINUTES OF . . . ?

> Running at 6 miles per hour — 444 calories

> Playing basketball — 355 calories

> Sleeping — 28 calories

> Watching TV — 33 calories

> Sitting in meetings — 72 calories

> Grocery shopping — 155 calories

> Shoveling snow — 266 calories

>Ice Skating — 311 calories

Sources: US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of agriculture; Harvard Heart letter; ABC News; Centers for Disease Control; fame10.com; Nielsen