The Truth About Overweight & Obesity
Enough pain, shame, frustration, and judgment. You can lose the weight you hate. Here’s the truth.
How Did I Get Fat? What Can I Do? (Part 1)
Dr. Gary V. Koyen, Ph.D.
How do we become overweight and obese?
The obvious answer is short and simple. Live like a typical, average American. If we do, we become overweight or obese. Being “normal” in today’s world—doing the normal things that most of us do—leads to us being overweight, obese, soft, weak, and sick. After all, over 70% of us are overweight or obese.
What’s now normal? How does a typical American live?
- Eats, drinks, and snacks throughout the day
- Eats many calories from manufactured (processed) food
- Eats many fast food meals
- Eats too many calories
- Eats and drinks lots of added sugar
- Drinks too many calories
- Eats too much refined carbohydrate
- Eats many meals in restaurants
- Eats too many starchy carbohydrates
- Drinks sodas, juices, and energy drinks
- Drinks too much alcohol
- Is very inactive, with a low-movement lifestyle
- Consumes lots of calories from candy, pastries, and dessert foods
- Lives with chronic stress
- Spends many hours sitting and looking at screens
- Is over-stimulated by too much input
- Consumes mostly low-grade, oxidized seed oils for fats
- Lives a fast pace of life
- Is under-rested and wakes up tired
- Is a passive consumer of entertainment (watches rather than does)
- Lives in an obesogenic environment
All of us know that the above list is mostly true. We’re not stupid. However, what is it about this lifestyle that’s causing the obesity? And what can we do?
What have we been told? How do we prevent or reverse overweight and obesity?
We are told many things. Most of them we’ve tried and failed. The fact is that we’ve been misled, and at times outright lied to. We’ve been subjected to propaganda and judgment. So, which of the items in the list below are true and which are important? Which ones work?
- Eat less and move more
- Reduce calories in each meal
- Plan more and be more disciplined
- Chew your food 50 times
- Become vegan
- Eat less fat
- Count calories
- Be more active
- Quit snacking
- Become vegetarian
- Sleep 8 hours
- Drink 70-80 ounces of water each day
- Show more willpower
- Eat 5-8 small meals per day
- Avoid red meat
- Eat a paleo diet
- Avoid chronic stress
- Get therapy and deal with your “issues”
- Go to the gym 3 times per week
- Stop eating so much
- Learn to meditate
- Eat a Mediterranean diet
- Avoid saturated fats
- Do at least 75 minutes of aerobic exercise each week
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Reduce the sugar in your diet
The stunning answer is that none of these things work as a strategy or solution for sustainable weight loss.
What? After all we’ve been told? Yes. Tens of millions of people—through heroic efforts—have proved that the items in the list do not work. Then what’s the answer?
Sustainable weight loss depends on correcting hormone imbalances—especially insulin. Elevated insulin causes the body to store fat. The higher the insulin, the greater the fat storage. Failure is certain unless we restore insulin and other hormones to their proper levels, roles, and effectiveness.
In today’s world, the disruption of hormone balance and function can begin in the womb. Insulin can already be a problem before birth. The process of imbalancing hormone levels, interfering with the roles they play, and reducing their effectiveness continues in infancy. For many of us, insulin starts driving us toward obesity long before we have the ability to make our own choices.
How does overweight & obesity happen today? For many or most:
Time + being a “normal American” = obesity.
Think of that: It takes only 4 ounces of bodyfat gain per month—only 3 pounds per year—to become obese (60 pounds of excess bodyfat) in 20 years. If elevated insulin is causing this small amount of fat deposition, within 2 decades you’re obese.
It is elevated insulin that’s causing fat deposition.
So, are we doomed? Are we destined to failure? Is there no hope?
Reducing insulin levels and restoring proper hormone functioning is the key to losing weight.
Learn about the solution: