Us laymen get a lot of flak by the medical community when it comes to our weight. “More than two-thirds are overweight, one-third are clinically obese, and by 2030, that number will jump to two thirds!” they proclaim.
And of course, we have no one to blame but ourselves. After all, we eat too much and don’t exercise enough. In other words, we choose to be obese despite the experts’ warnings, the detriment to our health, and the comprising of our quality of life.
Now, in all honesty… do you really believe that?
Do you really think that anyone chooses to be fat? Perhaps a tiny fraction of the population just doesn’t care. But I think it’s safe to assume that 99.9% of people with weight problems would do anything to shed the pounds. And that’s obvious when you look at the billions spent each year to tackle this problem – be it surgery, pills, exercise programs, etc…
Given that, why aren’t we succeeding? Is it really THAT hard? Well yes, it can be… especially when armed with the wrong weapon. And in this case, the weapon is information (or more appropriately stated, misinformation). There are so many myths perpetuated each day about diet and health – and by “experts” no less! It’s almost impossible for someone to do the right thing when it comes to his or her health.
Here’s what I mean…
I came across this article today and felt compelled to point it out. It’s not very gracious of me but I’m doing it regardless. It’s important for you to realize that you have to start taking your health into your own hands (by educating yourself) rather than relying solely on the “experts”.
So, here’s the story in a nutshell: a dietician was shocked to discover she had Celiac disease (if you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a severe allergy to gluten that damages your intestines and gives you a range of health problems).
So, what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, it’s not so much that she was shocked to find out she was a Celiac, but that the food she ate could actually cause health problems! This is coming from a dietician! And I quote…
“When Lubbock resident Robin Hawkins was diagnosed with celiac disease four years ago, she was dumbfounded. Hawkins, a registered dietician and director of health and wellness for United Supermarkets, did not realize the food she ate was the root of her health issues.”
“I was completely shocked because I am a dietician, and I just didn’t realize what I was putting in my mouth was causing me so many problems,” Hawkins said. “It proved to me how important food is.”
Do you see the irony here?
You have a dietician (i.e. someone who gets paid to advise others on how to eat for proper health) seeing the light after being diagnosed with Celiac disease, and finally coming to the conclusion that what you eat is important.
And then they wonder why we get fat!
Oh that’s right, it’s because we eat too much and don’t exercise enough. It has nothing to do with the awful recommendations throughout the years – coming straight from the experts – that lead us to eat the wrong foods (e.g. sugar-loaded, low fat junk; artery clogging – but low in cholesterol – margarine and other vegetable oils; and pounds and pounds of high-fructose corn-syrup).
Yes, maybe (just maybe) we’re collectively fat and getting fatter because we’ve been misguided. Sure, everyone has a little gluttony and sloth inside of him or her, but for crying out loud… we can’t all be that bad! Obviously there’s something VERY wrong with our perception of a proper diet.
Case in point, I was in Whole Foods the other day – the epitome of a health-food store. The place was packed with the most health-conscious people you’ve ever laid eyes on – that and a cloud of smug so thick you could cut through it with a knife (I’m joking – kind of; I actually do like the store and shop there regularly).
Now, as I’m making my way to the butcher for some grass-fed beef, a kind young girl smiled at me and asked if I’d like to try a “healthy cookie”. I politely declined as I continued to the meat section. But let me tell you, it was very hard to hold back what would have been some snide remarks.
A healthy cookie? Are you serious?!!! That’s an oxymoron if there ever was one. But it gets better…
After getting my beef and heading to the checkout lane I pass this girl once again. This time she’s talking to a potential customer and I overhear her pitch, “…yes, they’re very healthy – made without butter or eggs…”
But in all seriousness, this is the type misinformation that’s undoubtedly fueling the obesity epidemic. You have junk food disguised as healthy and sold out of the one place that health nuts hold sacred. How could it not be perceived as healthy?
So, where am I going with all this because it’s turning into quite the rant?
In short, if you’re overweight, don’t beat yourself up about it. You have a lot of things going against you as far the battle of the bulge is concerned. And the only way you’re going to win is to get educated. Furthermore, if something’s not working for you – stop doing it and try something different – even if it completely flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Because at the end of the day, conventional wisdom is not so wise.
Finally, don’t take anything you hear or read at face value – especially from the “experts” (sidenote: that goes for this article and website as well). Just because someone has a degree doesn’t mean they’re capable of giving you the best advice.
Instead, do your research and come to your own conclusions. Become passionate about this subject and strive to learn as much as you can. By doing this, you’ll not only achieve the figure you’re after – but amazing health and quality of life as well. Plus, you’ll be able to help others around you. What could be more gratifying?