The weight loss industry is a multi-billion rand industry. These profits are often made “feeding” on the desperation and insecurity of overweight people. Quick cures lure desperate people into an endless cycle of weight loss – weight gain – weight loss – weight gain.
The fact is, there are far too many factors to take into consideration for a single change or tablet to claim to be the cure for the condition of obesity/overweight. A cure that claims to be “quick and easy” should be the first warning sign that it is unlikely to be effective. Even dietary changes should not be viewed in isolation: Following a low GI or a low fat or a high protein diet, without taking into consideration other important factors (such as physical and emotional habits) to restore balance to the overweight body, is as detrimental as any pill or potion that professes to have quick results.
Why do people gain too much weight?
We do not fully understand the intricate mechanisms involved in hunger and satiety (feeling full after a meal).
We do not fully understand all the hormonal interactions involved in accumulation of body fat i.e. why one person is able to eat more than another, or why one person likes/craves certain fattening foods while others can resist them without any difficulty etc.
We have not unravelled all the genetic factors that play a role in body fat and the development of the complications associated with being overweight i.e. why is weight loss easy for some while others have a lifelong battle with their weight…
Understanding weight problems in humans
Quick fix diets do not work. It’s essential to address underlying causes relating to the imbalance associated with obesity and being overweight. Habits, emotional issues, physiological issues e.g. metabolic imbalances and activity, are all factors that may contribute to obesity and being overweight.
When any of these are neglected, the person that is overweight is likely to be caught up in an unhealthy cycle of weight loss – weight gain- weight loss – weight gain…
In certain cases, administering particular hormones or chemicals can easily rectify severe obesity – e.g. LEPTIN, but it is unlikely to be the cause of most people’s problem with excess weight.
Neuro-chemical imbalance – as may be the case in individuals with depression or other mental emotional stressors – may directly affect food choices and physical metabolism.
Insulin Resistance/metabolic syndrome is integral as part of the problem of obesity. It both causes and is a result of overweight and obesity. 80% of people that carry too much fat (refer to detailed information on insulin resistance) is Insulin Resistant.
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