In a study of over 180,000 dieters, it was concluded that 83% of people who start a diet pick one that is virtually guaranteed to fail. Ninety-eight percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it all back within five years. Some gain more than that.
Obesity is not a problem of willpower. It’s a lot more complicated than that. Fortunately, the last few years has brought a change in the way doctors and scientists view obesity. Most thought of obesity, except in the rarest of patients, as a question of willpower. Obese people ate too much. They didn’t exercise. They didn’t have a balanced diet or a regular workout program. They could lose the weight if only they’d have some guts and determination. Nine out of 10 doctors believe that losing weight is as emotionally and physically difficult as quitting smoking.
In a study of nearly 1.5 million people published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011, it was concluded that being overweight or obese dramatically increases the risk of dying early. Obesity has passed cigarette smoking as the number one preventable killer because it’s connected with a host of medical problems ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure to diabetes, arthritis, gall bladder problems and even cancer. Despite this, 74% of doctors believe that overweight people are in denial about their weight.
But think of how we treat these medical problems: individually. Pharmaceutical companies get rich making the vast array of medications needed to treat the medical problems caused from being overweight. I’m not putting down medical science; these medications have extended our lives and prevented certain death for many people. But it’s a sign of the times that we treat so many individual diseases with drugs, and not the root causes of our problems.
In fact, these diseases – which are known as “diseases of civilization” – were almost unheard-of generations ago among our lesser-weight ancestors. And doctors have discovered that even a miniscule amount of weight loss – say, 5 or 10 pounds – can reduce our risk for many of these diseases.
The key to that weight loss? Hormonal balance. Hormonal balance can help you lose the weight you need to prevent, alleviate, or even cure many of the ailments caused from being overweight. Just a new way to think about it.