According to the World Health Organization, 65% of the world’s population live in countries where being overweight or obese kills more people than being underweight. Hence, the diet industry has exploded, especially in the United States. The most common practices for losing weight include:
Strict portion control
Frequent fasts or cleanses
Counting and reducing calories
Consuming frozen or packaged diet meals
Relying on meal replacement shakes or bars
Medical, pharmacological, and surgical interventions
The challenge arises when none of the above practices for weight management prove to be comfortable, healthy, or pleasurable solutions that a person can maintain for many years without feeling deprived. Some can be expensive, dangerous, or simply ineffective. For example, prolonged low-fat diets increase insulin levels and cause powerful sugar cravings, irritability, and insistent hunger, leading one to eat more food more often. There comes a point for many well-intentioned individuals attempting to lose weight where the fluctuating ups and downs on the scale eventually settle into a chronically overweight condition, and frustration leads to apathy and defeatism. I often hear people say things like:
“I’m just too confused about all the mixed messages out there. I’m tired of bothering about starving myself and killing myself exercising. I don’t even know what is ok to eat anymore. Everything I try is a failure.”
How unfair that those with weight management issues feel unable to participate fully in the joys of life because of reduced mobility or disappointment in their body image.
My three main observations are that:
- Certain unhealthy substances are addictive and very difficult to reduce or eliminate from the diet with willpower alone.
- Increasing exercise, rather than fundamentally changing dietary habits is more accepted in our society. The general perception is that most “bad” food in one’s diet can be counteracted with more exercise.
- Most men and women see weight loss and gain as the actual problem to be solved and attempt to correct it “at any cost” to overall health or emotional state.
Now hear this: The truth is that weight gain is not the actual problem. Instead, unhealthy weight is the result of an underlying nutritional deficiency or imbalance in the body. Obesity is a symptom, not a disease. It is actually possible to be overweight and starving for nutrients at the same time; in fact, the United States’ population is a paradox of overfed and undernourished individuals. The only true solution to weight fluctuations is restoring the body’s inner nutritional balance. Once your body has the nutrients it needs to function properly, you do not need to consciously manage your weight anymore — your healthy body manages its own weight. In order to facilitate this transition, which can be difficult without comprehensive guidance, I created the Freedom of Health™ program that will get to the bottom of your unique weight challenges.