KNOWN AS THE SLIMMEST state since 2010, gorgeous Colorado boasts the lowest rate of obesity in all of America. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Colorado residents were the least likely in the nation to be obese in 2012. And Colorado is the only state where less than 20 percent of adults are obese. But what makes those in Colorado different than the rest of us when it comes to managing their weight?
To uncover the mystery, James Hill, founding executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, and Holly Wyatt, a physician and researcher at the center, studied the behaviors of lean people who live in Colorado. They also examined the habits of patients in their weight loss clinic. Based on their findings, they created a program based on what they consider to be the six key factors that can help all of America create a healthy, lean lifestyle in their new book, “The State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet.”