According to data from Candystore.com, 95 percent of American households will buy candy for Halloween, spending a shocking $2.6 billion! 

In fact, a major public health organization published a report in 2018 saying that the average American eats at least 2 pounds of candy on Halloween, adding 3,500 to 5,000 calories from sugar and fat.

And if our children are successful in their quest for treats, the candy can stay around the home for weeks — sometimes for months. That makes them hard to resist.

It’s so easy to grab a few tiny candy bars or a handful of candy corns. Plus, for adults, the candy sometimes drifts over into the workplace and can be spotted in bowls on counters, in desks and in office lunchrooms. 

Since each piece is so small, the calorie, sugar and fat levels seem like no big deal, until they add up that is.

Nearly 200 years ago the average American only ate 6.3 pounds of sugar a year.

Not that a 19th-century menu was great — but at least we know it wasn’t loaded with the refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, starches, gums and tons of artificial ingredients that we have today.

This is to say nothing of the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, whose food selections featured fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, tubers, roots and wild game.

It’s obvious that the nutritionally compromised U.S. diet — stripped by modern processing of many of its minerals, vitamins and natural enzymes — has gone off the rails.

And so has our health.

Your new diet was going so well. You lost some weight, gained a bit of extra confidence, plus you’re doing some exercise, too.

So why can’t you lose those last 10 pounds?

The last remaining pounds are often the most frustrating thing about weight loss. Plus, those final 160 ounces are, for many people, the most discouraging part of any diet plan.

In fact, they’re so disheartening that some people either give up when they feel they can’t overcome the weight loss plateau or just adjust their expectations downward, pretty much writing off that extra weight loss as “a bridge too far.”

You want to lose weight but you really need inspiration, and you need it now!

Who do you turn to?

Well, according to a recent study, almost 50 percent of people between the ages of 25 and 54 turn to celebrities.

It’s easy to feel insecure about our bodies. 

Ironically, this fear and anxiety can actually hold us back from doing the very activities that can help put us on a healthier path.

Why? Because we can be scared, sometimes, about how we’ll be judged or looked at by others.

But transformation is a life-long process, so it’s best to recognize our beauty and worth at every stage of our journey.

In fact, learning to love yourself before and during weight-loss efforts makes your whole diet plan more powerful and effective.

Fortunately, Almased can help, which is what Lauren A shared in her amazing Almased Success Story.