There are thousands of doctors, nutritionists, food scientists, researchers and incredibly clever people who would disagree with the headline. They would argue losing weight is straightforward. If you use more calories than you take in on a daily basis then you will lose weight.
The theory sounds great doesn’t it, but in practice for anyone trying to lose weight the reality of the situation is different. Losing weight is hard to do and having done it, it’s hard to maintain.
Weight is big business
The diet industry deliberately sets out to make money from people who have issues with their weight. The food industry is no better. Food is labeled as fat-free because at one point the fat-free diet was all the rage.
What they didn’t mention was in order to remove the fat and not have the whatever it was taste like cardboard, they loaded it with salt and sugar and any other product they could think of that might add a soupçon of flavour.
Weight should be about health
We might not know the exact numbers but we have all heard the problems caused by obesity. Not to minimize those in any way, assuming you are not causing any deleterious effects to your body and you are in a healthy range, then it really should not matter what your number is. As is often pointed out, people are more than a number.
If we can reach the point where the discussion becomes about health we can change the whole dynamic.
Food is messed about with today. In order to make it last, to make it available all year round, to make it fit in the packaging, so we can ship it, food gets manhandled and processed. It’s changed from something clearly recognizable as food, only to be re-constituted into something that is food-shaped.
When you think about it like that, does it really make any sense to you?
There is a reason why there is a local food renaissance
In recent years there has been a kickback against the processed and ready wrapped food. People want to know what they are eating and where it came from. Strawberries don’t appear naturally in December, so if they are in your supermarket they have been grown in a greenhouse.
The desire for organic produce adds fuel to the fire. Why would we eat something that contains things we can pronounce and we have a sneaking suspicion might be carcinogenic?
Ironically eating local helps weight loss
The less processed your diet the more likely you are to have a better relationship with the food you eat, and it is a natural dietary measure. Eating only natural sugars such as those in fruit and vegetables are better for you than the diet version of something modified with chemicals.
It is time for a call to arms, if we want the obesity epidemic to end, we have to eat better and get big business off the dinner table.