Year in and year out, losing weight ranks among the most popular — and most difficult — of New Year’s resolutions. Trulia, which says that where individuals live plays a large part in their chances of slimming down, has identified key factors in weight loss and detailed which metro areas make each of those measure easiest. One factor is availability of “bad food.” The cities with more “slow food” establishments (supermarkets, full-service restaurants, etc.) and fewer “fast food” stops such as convenience stores and fast-food eateries were San Francisco, New York, and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. Five cities — New York, Boston, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Portland — were deemed to have the highest percentage of workers who commute to work daily, and hence spend more time being sedentary in vehicles. Trulia also calculated the number of gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers per 1,000 households. Topping the list with the highest density of gyms were Fairfield County, Conn.; Middlesex County, Mass.; and Long Island, N.Y. For those who prefer outdoor activities, Trulia’s named mountainous areas like Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs; beach areas like San Diego and Ventura County; and Pacific metros like Seattle and Portland as having the most sporting-goods stores per 1,000 households. Finally, Trulia tracked the metro areas with the highest number of weight-loss and diet centers per households. Offering the most weight-loss education, counseling, and support were Philadelphia; Orange County, Calif.; and Camden, N.J. Measuring all of these factors equally, San Francisco topped the list of 100 best metros for weight loss; and Las Vegas placed dead last as the worse large metro market for weight loss. | Read More