Lazy? Fat shaming won’t get weight loss results.

Are you lazy? Be honest, do you think those who are obese are just lazy?

Lazy is defined in the Collins Dictionary as:  If someone is lazy, they do not want to work or make any effort to do anything

“I can’t be shamed into losing weight – I’m not lazy or lacking in self-discipline”

This is the title of an important article by Clare Allan in the Guardian Newspaper, August 4th .

Lazy - fat shaming is not a weight loss solution

Reading an article that shows some true understanding of obesity really captured our attention.

Bravo Clare!

It is high time that someone prominently recognised that over 40 million people in the UK should not be fat shamed as lazy or without discipline.

This concerning number of overweight and obese adults comes from the Health Survey for England 2017 *

Lazy or a basic human instinct?

There are two powerful instincts that have assured our continued existence as living animals:

  • procreation
  • the drive for food

 

We humans have many advantages over other organisms, but without either basic instinct there would currently be no people.

Procreation we'll leave for someone else to discuss. However, the drive for food is a critical topic that must addressed when it comes to excess weight and obesity.

All living beings require a source of energy (calories) and essential nutrition. Humans require approximately 50 fundamental chemicals to sustain health and ultimately life itself. The requirement for these chemicals is fundamental and the drive to obtain them extremely powerful. It is a shame to recognise, but cannot be avoided, that the source of most of these chemicals is other living beings, primarily the plants and animals we consume.

caveman vs supermarket - the drive for food is a fundamental addiction not lazy

In prehistory, early humans did not have access to supermarkets. Competition for food was often a battle between our position as both predator and prey. Survival depended upon winning those battles. The motivation to get food had to be innate and very powerful, enshrined in human genetics.

Much is now understood about the mechanisms involved. These historical human dopamine systems in the brain are still there yet the need to win that battle over a Saber-toothed tiger is fortunately confined to the history books. Some may say we are now enjoying a much more pleasant battle, jostling people for food in a supermarket.

In the absence of our previous hunter-gatherer lifestyle it is entirely possible that the pathways for addictions to alcohol and drugs, and a wide variety of other dependencies, have piggy backed on these fundamental basic instincts.

Call it whatever you like, but food is the fundamental addiction.

As such, it is very difficult to overcome when it takes hold in the modern world. For some it is regularly beyond the realms of ordinary self-discipline, leading to obesity.

The common dieting entreaty to “just eat less” is simply illogical and lazy.

Do you tell an alcoholic to cut down to a few social drinks a day, or a smoker to give up a few cigarettes and expect positive results?

Addiction treatment requires total abstinence to have any real chance for success. While people can force themselves to abstain from cocaine, some nourishment is essential to supply the 50 or so nutrients.  We must eat but can we control this powerful drive through willpower alone each minute, each day, every year? Many do, but for those supposedly lazy 40 million people who struggle with excess weight we must recognise the true issue.

Empty fridge - food addiction is a cause of obesity not being lazy

Lipotrim understands these weight loss problems and has created a safe, effective dieting solution.

Additional calories, above that required for nutritional health, are of absolutely no benefit to a dieter. In fact, the opposite is true. Remember the excess weight has been a result of the body hoarding calories for when they are restricted.

Basically, the Lipotrim formula is a food that contains very little other than all the essential nutrients plus a bit of taste ingredients to make it palatable. The nutrients provide everything needed for life and health in a formula that has the absolute minimum number of calories. The required calories are instead provided by the body fat, which is the real goal for the weight loss.

This is essentially the equivalent of total abstinence of the addicting substance (food). By acting on the addiction pathways of the brain they may be neutralised while at the same time still providing the required substances for life and health.

Available through healthcare professionals, Lipotrim has been shown to be safe and effective for more than 30 years in the UK. There is no shame in using real science to deal with this escalating obesity crisis. In the modern world, the drive to get food does not really have to remain so powerfully in control of our lives.

We have learned, often the hard way, that excessive weight can be very harmful to our health. Reducing weight can have considerable value but to achieve true, significant weight loss we must do more than presume laziness.

* Adult obesity in England: The Health Survey for England 2017 estimates that 28.7% of adults in England are obese and a further 35.6% are overweight but not obese.

Obesity is usually defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. BMI between 25 and 30 is classified as ‘overweight’.

The survey found that men are more likely than women to be overweight or obese (67.2% of men, 61.5% of women).

People aged 65-74 are most likely to be overweight or obese.

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