In countries which experience famine obesity is not an issue, in many developing countries where poverty is the norm it is common to see overweight mothers bringing malnourished children to NGO medical clinics.
Studies have shown this to be true in South America, the Pacific Islands and The Caribbean. It is not that the mothers are greedy but the high carb diet they eat makes them fat and their children sick.
In the developed world the broken record dietary message has been to eat less and exercise more. Sure you can lose weight if you starve yourself and walk around hungry while dreaming about food, but how long will that last.
If you eat a 2000 calorie a day diet and you drop to 1500 in the very short term you will lose weight but soon your metabolism will gear down to 1500 and your weight loss will stop. Studies have shown that this can happen on a diet as low as 800 calories.
All the corporate weight loss systems rely on the short term loss to keep customers paying for programs or food. Then they hang on longer hoping to keep the loss going and believing that it is their problem for not sticking to the programme properly.
The biggest low calorie business in the world, weight watchers, according to choice magazine has a 2% success rate over two years, which is less than can be expected if people join no group at all.
The low success rate happens for several reasons.
- The low fat programme means that extra carbohydrates are used in place, which in turn are converted to fat by insulin.
- Artificial sweeteners are used in some products in place of sugar, but as modern research shows, these sweeteners cause food cravings, weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
- They assume that all calories are created equal. So you can use your points to eat vegetables or chocolate brownies, which may make their clients feel better, but is nutritional insanity!
Of course there are many such companies and the delivered food model is no different. I know of many people who have a freezer full of such low calorie meals. It is well known that most people are slow to cancel any membership.
As long as you persist with the low calorie model you will be hungry and disappointed, you will lose some weight and gain it all back over and over again.