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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

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

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

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

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> 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

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

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

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> Running at 6 miles per hour — 372 calories

> Playing basketball — 298 calories

> Sleeping — 23 calories

> Watching TV — 28 calories

> Sitting in meetings — 60 calories

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> Grocery shopping — 130 calories

> Shoveling snow — 223 calories

> Ice Skating — 260 calories

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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