ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Are We So Fat

Updated on June 30, 2011
I think I've put on a little weight ...but I don't think I eat that much food.
I think I've put on a little weight ...but I don't think I eat that much food.

More and more Americans end up overweight and/or obese!

You’ve heard this question from friends and family and I’m sure you’ve even said it yourself a few times. We know that most Americans are concerned with their weight …but what is disturbing is that although there is much concern over weight …every year, more and more Americans end up becoming overweight and/or obese.

If we look at the data over the past 20-25 years, there has been virtually no progress in the treatment of weight gain and obesity in this county at all …it seems there is no end in sight to this problem.

With the rapid growth of the billion-dollar weight loss industry …you would think that progress was just around the corner. However, in terms of successful weight loss programs, the results of weight loss and weight management seem to be failing.

One school of thought …today, the research is showing that dieting itself could be the major cause of this obesity crisis. It seems that by cutting the calories …the body begins to compensate by slowing down its’ ability to burn those excess calories.

The problem with this, is, that when you come off your diet and get back to your normal lifestyle,...with increased calories, the compensation mechanism leads to increased storing of calories as fat.

This brings into play another school of thought. And that is, that, in some rare cases, simply cutting calories alone does not solve the over all weight/obesity problems.

That brings into play the idea that as a nation …because of our lifestyle, most people do not get the much needed physical exercise that increases metabolism and thermogenesis which burns fat.

Some of the experts say thermogenics and metabolism through physical exercise will help achieve a greater degree of weight loss and weight management. Part of the key to successful weight control and improved overall health, is to make sure physical activity is part of your daily routine.

Any physical activity is good …you make your own choice. Whether it’s walking, running, swimming or anything else …the key is to “rev” up your metabolism and burn off those excess calories.

In addition, physical exercise plays an important part in increasing metabolism and thermogenesis. This is good.

Research and studies have shown that exercising for 20-30 minutes...

...after eating doubles the thermogenic effect of the meal. Essentially, physical exercise further “revs” up the body’s thermogenic response to food, enabling the body to burn both calories and fat more efficiently.

We have found that by eliminating just 500 less calories per day from your normal eating could safely drop one pound of body fat every week. Add to that …20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise three or more times a week and engage in some type of muscle strengthening activity at least twice a week...and your weight loss results could be significantly improved.

For an added benefit …drink 2-4 ounces of the properly stabilized organic aloe vera juice everyday…and make sure you choose “the best tasting aloe” in the industry …know your supplier.

We welcome you opinion:

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Philipo are totally right ...I have seen it often myself. Exercise is not on the list of things that they do. If you talk to them they will say ..."well I walk in the stores when I shop." Not exercise like they should be doing.

      Thanks for your comment best to your success!

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      kimh039 ...I hope you get the results you are looking for ..It is very important to step it up.

      I used to go dancing I love to dance ...but when I started working on my website and doing more work on the net ...I began to put on a couple pounds.

      You see all you need to do is slow down a little and the pounds will creep up on you.

      Thanks for your comment best to your health and success!

    • Philipo profile image


      7 years ago from Nigeria

      One thing that surprises me most is that most of the plus size people I have seen, love eating and dislike exercise.

    • kimh039 profile image

      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      thanks for the encouragement gjcody. I've reached a plateau apparently, and am working to maintain right now. The weight was coming off so easily when I was on vacation at the beach. Now I'm back to my very sedentary work and those lunch time walks aren't cutting it. I need to step it up a notch.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)