With the exception of metabolic conditions such as insulin resistant diabetes (adult onset) and certain hormone imbalance
disorders, obesity is the result of life style choices and habits. Nevertheless, the problem can be very resistant to change. The
importance to long term health of maintaining ideal or close to ideal weight cannot be overemphasized. Almost all causes of
death and almost all degenerative diseases (cancer, arthritis, etc.) increase with weight as well as with age. The passage of
time is not going to stop, however it is possible, although not always easy, to lose weight. No group of people are more
exploited by charlatans than the obese. The wish for a simple, easy solution to the problem of obesity is overwhelming.
With the exceptions of metabolic and hormonal conditions, obesity is rooted in fixed attitudes. Any long term solution to the
problem must start with re-education. The obese person must understand that his or her thought process is at the root of the
problem, or there will be no lasting progress. In the case of weight loss a temporary solution is better than no solution.
Studies have shown that the weight loss / weight gain / weight loss cycle is more dangerous to health than no weight loss to
start with. Therefore, given the track record of weight loss programs, they are a danger to the health of the nation.
Listed in the form of the hyperlinks below is the information necessary to bring about a lasting change. It is necessary to live
this information until it becomes a part of your identity. It doesn’t work as long as you are "trying it out." Weight loss should
not be rapid. If you take it off fast, you will put it on just as fast. Re-education and patience are the keys. This is all best
accomplished in partnership with a doctor who practices nutritional medicine. Part of your evaluation should be a close look
at your hormone status and the institution of any needed hormone therapy. Hypothyroidism, Wilson’s syndrome, adult onset
diabetes (type II diabetes), and Cushing syndrome should be diagnosed and treated or ruled out. When that is
accomplished, the following information should be incorporated into your life.
- Food Myths (There are 14 sequentially hyperlinked food myths. Study them all.)
- Aerobic Exercise
- Anaerobic Exercise
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