Why do so many people struggle to maintain a healthy weight? Everyone knows what foods are unhealthy these days, and at the same time we all know that regular exercise is highly beneficial. So what’s the issue? Why is the western world developing an ever increasing weight problem when health science is better than ever?
‘You are what you eat’ is an old expression that rings true, although I would say ‘You are how you live’ as diet is not everything. Some people can get away with eating far more, and far more unhealthily than others because their lifestyle allows for a rapid metabolism that can cope with high levels of carbohydrates, sugars and fats. So your lifestyle is what dictates the shape of your body in essence, and your lifestyle is based around your individual habits, all the things that you do naturally or without really thinking about them.
These things aren't going to do much for controlling our weight but when indoctrinated into doing these things ritually and automatically the behaviours won’t just stop on their own, or even after a short stint of wanting to change no matter how desperately you try. Sometimes people don’t even notice their habits, they will swear to you blind that they do not eat unhealthily ever, that is until you catch with a packets of crisps and they tell you it is a one off. They will swear to you that they do a lot of exercise and barely watch any TV, until you here them in conversation discussing all the different shows they are addicted to. If you seriously want to change you have to be honest with yourself, as well as educating yourself in what actually constitutes as being healthy.
I was once in a restaurant with a vastly overweight work colleague who ordered a triple decker hamburger with extra cheese, large fries with melted cheese, a side bbq ribs and chicken wings. Then they ordered a diet coke, claiming it was the healthy option! Education and self honesty.
A smoking addict will try to stop smoking and struggle against it day in day out, their subconscious mind will fire cravings and urging thoughts at them continually until a moment of weakness is found and they ultimately give in. The struggle can be very hard to take, especially when it is beating you time and time again, and often leaves people to just 'quit quitting’. In the same way unhealthy food will creep up on you, your subconscious mind bombarding you with thoughts and feelings, telling you that you need this fuel to be satisfied, until eventually you cave in. You try to exercise regularly but your subconscious mind will look for any excuse not to bother, eagerly trying to conserve the energy it has been storing for you, willing you to sit down and put your feet up. It is literally a continual battle of displeasure that the subconscious will win time and time again unless there is an immense force acting against it. Some people are told that they will die unless they change their habits; that is one wake up call. Others get divorced, get fired from their jobs or face humiliation from friends. Others opt to have their stomachs cut open and stapled to make them eat less. There is a far easier way of course.
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