|by Jill Armayor, as seen on LIVESTRONG.com
Over $37 billion is spent on weight loss aids every year in the United States; however, over two-thirds of the American population is still at least overweight, and the problem is only getting worse. Americans tend to be fickle in their weight loss regimens, jumping from one fad diet to the next, trying to cut their calories drastically to drop a few pounds. The key to successful weight loss is not severe calorie restriction; it is a well-balanced diet full of variety and consistency. Eat regular meals, along with healthy and tasty snacks to keep your metabolism at its peak throughout the day.