10 Cities Where It's Almost Impossible to Live & Lose Weight

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It's a known fact. Resolutions -- especially those of the diet and exercise variety -- aren't easy to keep. But did you know that where you live can make a big impact on how likely you are to stick to a healthy new lifestyle? New research reveals the top 10 cities that make weight loss almost impossible

Researchers at Care.com looked at the 89 largest metro areas in the US, examining how much each city encourages an active lifestyle and positive eating habits. Each city was analyzed for their accessibility to fresh, organic food; gym and fitness facilities per capita; walkability scores; and vegetable consumption, among other things. Some cities, unfortunately, didn't rank very high, making it even more difficult for the people who live there to lose weight. 

While this info may seem disheartening, it's important to take comfort in the fact that not only is it a challenge for everyone to keep their diet and fitness resolutions (75 percent of people give up after one week!), your health ultimately lies in your hands, not your city's. With the right determination and dedication, anything is possible. 

Ready to see if your city is on the list? Here are 10 cities that make it difficult for their dwellers to lose weight and stay healthy. 

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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    As for the healthy body rank, which takes numbers of gyms in the area and ways the city helps citizens stay fit, Fort Wayne didn't score very high, coming in at 84 out of 89. But they ranked 36 in the healthy diet category, which takes veggie consumption and access to fresh healthy food into account. If there isn't a gym in your area, consider subscribing to a fitness app, or walking or biking instead of driving. 

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  • New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana

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    With all the delicious food in New Orleans (hello, beignets!), it doesn't come as a shock that it's hard to stick to a diet plan for people who live in the area. New Orleans-Metairie came in at number 40 for healthy body rank, and 71 for healthy diet. Temptation obviously is everywhere here, so it's super important for people trying to lose weight to keep their eye on the prize. 

  • Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas

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    Overall, Little Rock got a fairly low score when it came to healthy body and healthy diet, coming in at 86 and 81. But if people looking to lose weight are armed with the knowledge that they may have to work a little extra hard, they can do it. It's all about determination. 

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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    Winston-Salem's healthy body rank of 59 wasn't too bad, but they came in dead last for healthy diet. People resolving to eat healthier here may want to cook their own meals in order to avoid all the yummy (fried!) temptation around them. 

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  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

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    With their food trucks and delicious downtown scene, temptation is everywhere in Tulsa. But people who are set on a new diet and fitness regime may need to make a little extra effort, as Tulsa's healthy body and healthy diet rankings were 76 and 77. 

  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas

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    It's no secret that there's some seriously delicious food in Houston (barbecue, anyone?), so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the city's healthy diet ranking is 70 (their healthy body ranking is 74). If you live in the area, temptation is everywhere, so be prepared. Downing a smoothie or munching on almonds before heading out into a world of delicious food may help stave off cravings. But remember, you're only human!

  • Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama

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    Birmingham is another southern city where the food is hard to top -- and with a healthy diet ranking of 75 (and a healthy body rank of 85), sticking to a weight loss plan may be more of a challenge than for people in healthier cities. Setbacks may happen, but that's definitely not a reason to ditch your resolution altogether. 

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  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pennsylvania

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    The healthy diet index for the Scranton area isn't so hot -- 87 -- so avoiding tempting food may prove to be difficult. And with a healthy body ranking of 70, getting fit may pose its challenges, too. But anything is possible when you set your mind to it, no matter where you live. 

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee

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    As far as healthy diet goes, Chattanooga comes in second to last with a ranking of 88, but their healthy body rank is 52. Fresh, whole foods may not be readily available, but joining a gym and staying active with your family is definitely a step in the right direction. 

  • Jackson, Mississippi

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    In last place is Jackson, Mississippi, with a healthy body ranking of 89 and a healthy diet ranking of 83. It may not be easy sticking to a weight loss resolution if you live here, but as everyone knows, resolutions aren't easy to begin with. You can do it. 

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