Is it More Difficult to Lose Weight Because of Psychological or Physical Obstacles?
At the time of this writing, the term “diet” has generated more than 157 million online pages containing diet plans, pills, potions, and dieting advice from health institutions, diet businesses, nutritional experts, and others from all over the globe. In spite of this, we are nearing the apex of an obesity pandemic that is inflicting immeasurable mental anguish and despair, in addition to the ever-increasing number of debilitating illnesses that have been connected to people who are overweight or obese. How is it possible that there is such a amount of knowledge available?
The trend is merciless, and it is second only to smoking as a cause of self-inflicted premature death. However, if left to its own devices, obesity will overtake smoking as the leading cause of self-inflicted premature death within the next five years. We are seeing the results of Mother Nature’s merciless attitude to life in that she only allows the fittest to live, and the trend we are witnessing today is her response to the consequences of a diet that is obviously not suited to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Only by stopping, taking a few steps back, and taking a look around can we realize that we are dealing with a really severe issue. There is no need for statistics, studies, or news stories in the media to inform us of this. When it comes to reversing the current obesity epidemic, it’s obvious that everyone must make a personal commitment to alter our behavior. The ultimate duty of acting in our own best interests rests with each and every one of us.
We have to accept the reality that the supermarket business is a tangle of contradictions in that it offers both dietary goods and the exact things that contribute to our being overweight or obese in the first place, and that we must accept that. This is blatantly apparent in our modern supermarkets. It has become human nature to place a greater value on business than on human health. This is apparent in many sectors across the globe, and it is by no means unique to the diet industry. We must also keep in mind that diet businesses, although they may seem to be interested and concerned, in fact, they are completely reliant on your failure to diet in order to ensure the existence of their own company. Unless they are very talented at what they do, their companies will almost certainly fail. So, apart from ourselves, in whom can we put our faith? There is no dispute about the evidence since it is unambiguous.
Perhaps we will be granted a respite at some point in the future, but it will not be at this time. With the growing knowledge of the human genome and the use of genetic engineering, science and technology are coming closer and closer to the potential of developing a miracle medicine. But who would ever want or want to be reliant on diet medicine on a daily basis, possibly for the rest of their lives, just because they do not comprehend the connection between the food our bodies were intended to eat and the food we consume? Why is it that we deliberately overeat when we are aware that it is unhealthy for us and that we are causing ourselves physical harm? We choose to disregard our food only while we are consuming it, which begs the question: why is this the case?
So, is it a psychological issue, a physical one, or a combination of the two?
In order to address this question, we must first consider how our food has changed over the past 50 years. At the same time, consumption patterns for refined carbs such as sugar have increased significantly, while consumption trends for fats and proteins have remained relatively constant. Saturated fats have certainly been and continue to be a concern, despite the fact that, fortunately, the general intake of saturated fats has decreased somewhat in recent years, but the problem persists.
There have been many studies, especially those connected with research into the Atkins diet’s effectiveness, which have shown that refined carbs and fats have an addictive quality to them. According to research, processed sugars have the impact of interfering with the delicate balance that keeps the level of glucose in the circulation stable. After all, this has a negative impact on our hormonal activity, particularly insulin and the hormone glucagon, both of which are essential for maintaining the usual level of glucose in our bloodstream following a “rush” of refined carbs in our diet. Despite the fact that these appropriate glucose levels in the bloodstream are maintained at remarkably small margins,
As a result, refined carbohydrates cause the body to produce excessive amounts of hormones in an effort to restore equilibrium. These abnormal‘swings’ in hormone activity often result in mood swings ranging from being joyful and satisfied to being depressed, on edge, and even experiencing emotions of worry or panic, among other things. In many cases, prolonged exposure to these hormonal fluctuations may result in the whole process being less successful, with diabetes as a possible outcome.
Others have discovered, to their surprise, that consuming large amounts of lipids has the unanticipated consequence of causing an unexpected human response in terms of nutrition. The consumption of high-fat foods would seem to be expected to have the impact of fulfilling a person’s desire to eat. Amazingly, medical studies have shown that the inverse is true in this case. In clinical studies, it has been shown that meals high in fat actually cause individuals to consume more rather than less. When such studies were conducted, the findings were considered ground-breaking since they totally defied the nutritional thinking of the time.
In addition, it is fascinating to note that further medical research has indicated that meals high in protein may be associated with the reaction which signals that you have eaten enough food. In other words, it is thought that proteins, in some manner, cause the body to respond with the phrase “I am full.”
Also, to consider is the dramatic increase in our energy use over the last decade. Instead of hunting and gathering food, we gladly go to the nearest supermarket or, at least, have it delivered right to our front door to save time and money. Food has shifted from being scarce to being abundant (at least for us), and we have shifted from being “active” to being “relatively inactive” in our lives. What can we anticipate if we move less and consume more calories?
In addition, many think that the simple act of not exercising may cause the body to respond by slowing the metabolism and accumulating fat layers under the skin for two primary reasons, both of which are related to human survival. Those reasons include In evolutionary terms, it is possible that you are unable to ‘hunt’ and, as a result, are unable to get sufficient food. It makes perfect sense to slow down your body’s metabolic rate in order to save energy. Second, if food is available during a period of inactivity, does it not make a great deal of sense to lay down fat layers under the skin in order to maintain body heat and provide an energy source during potentially “lean times”? We have great sense and flawless design, but we don’t comprehend ourselves, and even if we do, many of us choose to disregard the warning signals our bodies are sending us to stay alive.
In summary, it is quite apparent that a significant portion of the issue that we humans confront in the realm of dieting is undoubtedly a physical one that is related to the interaction of the food types we consume with the physical characteristics of our bodies. And, obviously, our food has altered beyond recognition over the past 50 or so years, but our bodies continue to function in the same manner as they have for well over 100,000 years. Despite the fact that we live in the twenty-first century, our bodies are still stuck in the “Stone Age.” Even though evolution is a long and methodical process, the connection and response of chemicals in our food to the cells of our bodies has been cemented and set in stone over millions of years, and will continue to do so for millennia to come.
As a result, it is us who must alter.
Simply because Mother Nature will not provide us with any entertainment for millions of years to come.
Take advantage of it, eat what your body was intended to consume, and effective weight reduction will almost certainly follow.