The Challenges of First World Food Abundance

Food is more than just something we consume mindlessly, or at least it should be.  We shouldn’t just be putting something in our mouth just because it’s available or because it’s easy.  Food is an essential part of our life, and we have strong biological urges to consume it.  Cultures have developed huge rituals for the act of eating with family or friends, and it’s clear that it’s more than just a thing to take lightly and find the easiest way out.  Food is essential, it provides nutrients, energy and even is directly responsible for our health and how long we are on this earth.

Obesity and other related problems are on the rise in the first world as millions of people have more access to foods, but less time to really cook and manage those foods.  It’s important to take time out of our day to make proper meals, spend time with our families or friends and enjoy eating something healthy.  Not only do we feel better by taking this time, but our bodies will feel more energetic and healthier than just grabbing fast food or something “simple”.  The obesity epidemic is at its heart just an epidemic of time, resources and access.

smart scaleFood is abundant, it’s cheap and many of the foods we have are not good for us.  Groceries are full of processed and unnatural foods, and this is often the easier choice than making something healthy from scratch (even if that’s much better tasting generally).  People just do not have the time in modern society to exercise and take care of themselves without planning ahead and making a genuine effort to do these things.  Not only do you need to ensure you’re moving and doing cardiovascular/weight training every day, but you need to spend the 20 to 30 minutes a day it takes to make good, nutritious food.  If not, a person will face significant risks of obesity, long term health problems, and even cut their lifespan down by many years.

The Reasons Behind Weight Gain

It probably comes as no surprise to you that the more calories you eat the more weight you will gain in the end.  Your body only can use up so many calories per day, so someone eating 4000 or 5000 calories a day will never be able to burn those even, even with exercise.  Any excess calories that are not used will be stored as fat (typically) and you will enlarge fat cells in your stomach, thighs, hips etc.  Once you lose the weight in the future, your cells will actually shrink, but they will never decrease in number.

Many people struggle to lose weight in the long term due to many compounding factors outside of their immediate control.  Things like pregnancy can wreck a person’s metabolism, and it can be quite hard to come back from them in the future.  On average, women gain 4 to 6 pounds of net weight immediately after their pregnancy, and most of them are not successful in removing that weight later.  There are many factors to consider, eating well, exercising or better health management, but all of them indicate that the person needs to put in some significant effort.

There are many factors to consider when trying to lose weight, and some products can actually help you achieve results.  In the past we’ve discussed Garcinia or HCG, but these options actually enable people with stubborn weight to finally lose it. There are many advantages to using a product like this, so long as there’s clinical evidence it works.  One of the most effective treatments for obesity is actually HCG, a natural hormone which boosts metabolism in patients and decreases appetite.  Regardless of what you choose, you often will need some kind of outside help, whether that’s a trainer, a gym, a support group or a proven weight loss treatment.  Most people who try on their own, fail.

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