WEIGHT LOSS: Too Much, Too Fast Increases Disease Risk
It’s no secret that America needs to lose weight. We lead the world in obesity.
Nor are the reasons hard to find:
The heavily processed & packaged Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) – largely stripped of nutrients – promotes weight gain;
Many medications promote weight gain and America leads the world in drug consumption;
Calorie consumption today averages almost 50% more than the typical consumption assumed in food labels;
Physical activity has declined substantially as computer-bound desk jobs have increased;
Stress, sleep deprivation, and personal toxic burden have all risen dramatically – and all three contribute to weight gain, not weight loss;
Low-calorie vegetable consumption in the U.S. has declined, while saturated fat consumption – with twice as many calories per gram of food – has increased (think pizza, cheeseburgers, mac-and-cheese.…).
The list goes on. We live in a fat-promoting culture that reinforces fat-acceptance daily with our social interactions with other overweight people.
Two out of three Americans are overweight, after all, so the majority of our social interactions now are with people who are overweight.
Don’t underestimate the power of this social reinforcement in preventing you from achieving weight loss – and keeping it off.
There’s solid evidence to suggest our social networks can undermine even the most determined of weight loss efforts.
“I Want It NOW!”
We also live in a culture of impatience. We demand instant answers to chronic problems. We want relief and we want it now!
This leads us to seek and fall prey to bogus weight loss pills, fraudulent gimmicks, and high-risk surgical procedures that often pose more risk than benefit.
What risks could there be, you say, to weight loss?
Glad you asked, because there’s no shortage of these either…
Faster weight regain – We’re hard-wired to preserve and protect our body fat in case of famine; with rapid weight loss, your metabolism freezes in starvation mode, protecting every fat cell from further famish;
Worsened body composition – Any weight you lose is a combination of fat, bone, and muscle, while the weight you regain is largely fat – leaving you with a worse fat-to-muscle ratio of body composition;
Increased disease risk –Increased fat composition leaves you vulnerable to many cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other diseases. Fat is pro-inflammatory – especially visceral belly fat (even in normal weight people with excess belly fat) – and chronic inflammation is a disease-inducing state.
This list goes on as well, but you get the idea.
Be MedSMART. Learn to lose not just excess weight – but dangerous excess belly fat – the only way likely to keep it off permanently: with comprehensive lifestyle measures that produce gradual and permanent weight loss.
Perhaps even more important than weight loss, they’ll improve your body composition and disease risk profile with a muscle mindset and better quality nutrients.