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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.

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      gjcody 6 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!

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      gjcody 6 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!

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      Philipo 6 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.

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      Kim Harris 6 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.