posted on Oct, 17 2007 @ 07:10 AM
Guys you are so wrong about this.
Is it the fault of someone transplanted from Fiji, or Samoa, where they have no fast food to an American culture where they have so much of it that
their favorable genes for maintaining weight in their native land causes them to become obese?
I'm not saying that every case is like this, but some are.
In my own situation I used to blame myself, and thought I had no willpower. But the truth was I was (and am still) a carb addict.
Once I eliminated white carbs and sugar from my diet, losing weight became much easier and I'm only 15 lbs above my weight when I was 30-ish, and now
have a 32" waistline at about 5'9".
However had I not rediscovered the Atkins diet (which is not for everyone, admittedly), I'd still be many lbs overweight.
The factor at work in carb addiction, in my opinion, is not the food, it's your own endorphins. You get the carb 'fix' and use it as a comfort
food, but what's really happening is that it is producing endorphins, the body's own natural morphine and it's very addictive.
I think what people need is information that works. This is what helped me. Being told to look at the FDA food pyramid with all those servings of
bread and pasta and sugar just doesn't work for me.
In fact some people that know me tell me I have extraordinary willpower once I put my mind to something.
No kidding, I used to really beat myself up over this weight loss issue and it turned out not to be my fault - I just was a product of a society that
pushed refined foods, corn syrup, refined sugar and all the white carbs.
Anyway, sorry about the rant. Again, I realize that not all obesity is like this. One poster just the other day mentioned he'd rather be overweight
and happy then restrict food and be missing out on gratification. He's made a choice in that instance.
BTW, my wife has actually quit smoking, once for 15 years and then she started up again and quit again. Well we all know how addictive nicotine is.
But she struggles with weight issues.
So losing weight is one of the hardest things you can do - it's a drive almost on the level of breathing. Only a few tenths of 1% manage to keep the
weight off for more than 5 years.
[edit on 17-10-2007 by Badge01]