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Obesity in America ...is it the diet?

Updated on October 8, 2010

Does the yeast in your system make your choices or do you?

You can make the healthy choice!
You can make the healthy choice!

One of the questions concerning the "obesity " problem in this country is ...could it be caused by the typical western diet that we’ve grown accustom to.

Some say we went wrong by...

...following the American Medical Associations recommendation to follow a low fat diet. The only problem with a low fat diet ...is that we tend to consume more carbohydrates to fill the gap and according to all the data on diet ...Americans are definitely filling up on more carbohydrates like pasta, potatoes, bread and all those quick “sugar shack snacks” in between the meals ...and lets don’t forget all those processed foods and fast food stops.

This type of eating has low fiber content and is absorbed into the blood stream much quicker than the high fiber foods. These low fiber foods have a much higher glycemic index, which prompts a quick rise in glucose which in turn triggers a spike in insulin production ...which is the so called storing hormone which removes the glucose out of the blood stream and stores it in the fat cells.

Because the jury is still out on what diet is best
...

...at Healthy Systems (.com) we still believe in moderation of each of the food groups. However, we have to keep in mind the size of the servings. That’s where we always have to use some common sense when we eat. It’s simply a matter of eating fewer calories, because as the experts all agree ...1600 calories a day for the average female and 2200 calories for the average male is recommended.

As the saying goes...

...a calorie is a calorie, is a calorie, holds true. It’s calories in and calories out. It does not matter if the calorie comes from fat, carbohydrates or protein. There are 3500 calories in a pound. If you consume more calories than you body can burn off as energy ...weight will be gained. If you burn off more calories than you consume ...weight will be lost.

So, you can safely say...

...that weight gain and the obesity problem can definitely be associated and compared to the type of diet eaten and add to that, the number of calories consumed with each meal. It’s your choice and it really is mathematics.

Some say that it’s not their fault. Some say that they are victims. Some say that they’re the innocent victims of the food industry. Some say they are all victims of the food industry because of the food that is produced. Really now...to this we say that’s a cop out! Because in this day and age with all the free information out there about food, meals, diet, exercise and calorie intake ...we say, look in the mirror and begin by taking your weight and your health into your own hands. It’s up to you to make the right choices by taking full responsibility for what you eat, how much you eat and to make sure you’re not consuming excess calories when you eat your meals.

This all may sound like pretty tough talk, but lets face facts...

...it’s you body and your health that we’re talking about here and your need to take full responsibility for what you put into your body.

When you over eat ...you know it! When you eat too much candy and cake ...you know it! When you don’t exercise enough, you know it! When you try and justify your weight problem ...you know why!

It's a battle out there everyday ...

...why not try to get in the routine of consuming 500 less calories a day and at the end of every week you could lose one pound. 500 X 7 days = 3500 calories...Give it a try ...it works. Remember, its mathematics........and plenty of will power!

It comes down to...how bad do you want it?

Drink plenty of clean fresh filtered water ...with 2-4 ounces of the “best tasting aloe" vera every day ...know your supplier!

What is your opinion?

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    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR

      gjcody 

      8 years ago

      2besure ...I totally agree ...thank you for your comment ...I just asked a girl to cut out colas and she not only lost 10 lbs quickly ...but her health is vastly improving. Please stop by again ...my best to your health!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It is our lifestyle leading to this obesity. It is a lack of daily exercise, diet and drinking too many fruit drinks and soda instead of water.

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR

      gjcody 

      8 years ago

      Yes ghomefitness ...you are right on...but some of the people really stretch those gas tanks.

      Thanks for your comment ...my best to you!

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR

      gjcody 

      8 years ago

      Chaser ...Thank you for coming by and your good comment. That is a good point ...about the prisoner of war. It is definitely about the amount of calories that we take in along with the empty calories.

      Then think of the empty calories and the illness today. People need to read the labels and go back to the basics.

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      ghomefitness 

      8 years ago from Chicago,IL

      I agree with you the AMA diet is off base and portion control is king. Food is fuel and smaller cars have smaller gas tanks!

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      Chaser4 

      8 years ago

      Hey gjcody...great hub....liked the part about self responsibility....keep them coming....and I do believe its mathematics....if its not about the amount calories...then I always ask...did you ever see a picture of a fat prisoner of war???...think about that!

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