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This is Scary!

Does eating healthy imply missing out on something?

People seem to gravitate towards unhealthy decisions as if by going a healthy route will result in them missing out on something… yet no one seems to know what that something is.

Everyone wants to lose weight, now. But if this is indeed true, why is there — almost daily — news stating that America is becoming fatter? In fact, one of my own posts sadly stated that in less than ten years, obesity will be the number one killer in America. Are we so confused by the myriad of products, and information, that we simply don’t know (anymore) where to start?

Miracle pills and magic exercise equipment

“We are inundated with miracle pills, magic exercise equipment, exercise videos that have trimmed down activity to ten minutes, nutritional programs that provide low carbohydrate meals, low fat meals, low glycemic meals, customized meals, and literally thousands of supplements that promise muscle growth?” wrote Vic Vogel on the “Fitness and Health Professionals” LinkedIn group. Mr. Vogel, a fitness trainer and author of Strategy for Fitness: A Model to Reach and Sustain Total Fitness and Health, started this discussion on LinkedIn.

The responses to Mr. Vogel’s question seem to convey the same sentiment, seeking quick weight loss is a proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The two words, often associated with weight loss wonders, are miracle and magic… not that these wonders do not exist, but rarely do they come from lures built on a foundation of making money.

As one group member interestingly stated, “people seem to gravitate towards unhealthy decisions as if by going a healthy route will result in them missing out on something… yet no one seems to know what that something is.”

“It seems the fitness, food, and pharmaceutical industries have provided products that do not take time, are easy to use, and eliminates the need to think. Yet, each year obesity increases,” commented Mr. Vogel. But, does this, then imply that none of them work?

Here are some of the most provocative statements, in response to Mr. Vogel’s question, as posted by members of the “Fitness and Health Professionals” LinkedIn group:

A life time of any steady “diet” of supplements, shakes, bars is trouble

Laura Coulter, a teacher of Tai Chi and Chi Gong “I believe there are no quick fixes. Pay attention, stay the course, walk, dance, meditate and eat healthy. Keeping simple will be the easiest to maintain for life. Many shakes are an ok alternative, an occasional meal but a life time of any steady “diet” of supplements/shakes/bars is trouble.”

It’s not your fault

David Jensen, personal trainer and lifestyle consultant “I am constantly bombarded with two things: members of the public that have gained quick results from unhealthy diets and shakes; and marketers trying to get me to sell their shakes and pills! If a prospective client has a friend that used some quick fix formula successfully (without regard to health); then my job becomes a whole lot harder to not only re-educate them.”

Lou Altamn “Too many promised quick fixes, our demand for immediate gratification, inexpensive unhealthy food and our societal tendency to blame (I heard a fat pill commercial that actually said “It’s not your fault”) all lead to a short-term mindset, the biggest cause of obesity.”

Raina Casarez, fitness instructor “An industry is fed by the need of the consumer, one dependent on the other. The consumer wants to be misled, to the tune of billions of dollars, because a beautiful body is the carrot you would do anything for. The industry is just selling snake oil. Who wants the simple truth? Who’s going to pay for that?”

By going a healthy route will result in them missing out on something

Curley Birdsong III, personal trainer “When I speak with some of my clients regarding their nutrition and lifestyle choices they seem to gravitate towards unhealthy decisions as if by going a healthy route will result in them missing out on something. I suppose it’s like a person who opts to remain single versus getting married for the same reason (missing out on something). The problem is, no one seems to know what that “something” is.

Carl Schirtzer, business analyst “Others move less and eat very little if at all. Life’s pattern tend to leave a person going the entire day without eating. As this progresses, the ability to burn calories decreases. Now add that to the occasional binge eating activity and there you have it. The cycle just continues from there.”

Keith Spennewyn, president National Institute of Health Science “Keep in mind that most diets fail! You need to know how much your body needs to maintain metabolic function before cutting calories and living off too little.”

Sandi Porter “Does the healthcare industry truly want obesity NOT to be a problem? Where would all that money go then?”

David Mitchel, vice president, Norton Mitchel Marketing “I see discipline is a key factor as well. Time needs to be set aside everyday to engage in physical activity. Discipline and sound judgment are needed to make healthy food choices.”

“We have created a large gap between what we want and what we are”

Douglas W. Hayward, owner and yoga instructor “Perhaps if we got the image of what we want closer to what we actually are than we could achieve our goals more rapidly and with less stress.”

  • Why do people make all of these excuses for getting fat? If you are gaining pounds then maybe you are eating too many pounds of food? It is only obvious.

    Rich Sobel

    10:14 pm

  • Great article and how very true. I have been a victim of many of these products until I started following your advice!

    Julie Iwen

    5:01 pm

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