I think we're finding out more and more that obesity has its roots in biochemistry and evolution.
Simply put, the human body evolved optimized for low-calorie, high-exercise environments. Thanks to technological growth, we now have a high-calorie, low-exercise environment. And that's not going to change.
Myself, I've been told I could stand to lose about fifty pounds. And, unfortunately, medical science really hasn't come up with jack-shit to help. So not only am I on my own, I have to fight a body that has evolved to hang onto every calorie and every ounce of fat. Everything that's "healthy" and low-cal tastes like shit patties excreted by an elephant fed a diet of straw and cardboard, and everything that I enjoy is bad for me somehow.
Diets? Yeah, good luck with that. Try being productive as a writer and manager when you're hungry every minute of the day. And even when you manage to resist the urge to eat--when you successfully delay breakfast until the early part of the afternoon, eat a tiny lunch around quitting time, and skip dinner--and lose weight, guess what? Your body just reacts and eventually you give in and gain all the weight back.http://www.buckapound.com/blogs/dr-art-ulene/homework-why-fasting-does-not-work
Exercise? A fine concept, but it doesn't help nearly as much as we would like to think. You just can't burn enough calories at it to count. And, just like with diet, your body works against you. It WANTS to be fat and unhealthy. Say you go to the gym first thing in the morning, and burn off 600 calories (a pretty good workout). Then you go to the office. Well, as soon as you settle into your chair to actually do work you get paid for (as opposed to wasting time you could get paid for
making up for the fact the human body is craptastically designed to fail), your body goes into a sedentary mode where it does what it does best: turning calories into fat.http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1914974,00.htmlhttp://lifehacker.com/5800720/the-sitting-is-killing-you-infographic-illustrates-the-stress-of-prolonged-sitting-importance-of-getting-up
The bottom line here is that I'm not going to quit my job as a project manager so I can chase gazelles or be a hobby farmer. And I can't work if I'm hungry all the time. I can do the starvation thing for a couple weeks, tops. And as we've already established, it doesn't work over the long run. The Body goes "WTF?!?! You want me to NOT have a stroke or a heart attack? Fuck you, Mind. I WANT to be obese, so I'll make you gain all that fat back and then some!"
So when it comes to weight loss, I quit. Fortunately, it seems like medical science is finally
starting to treat obesity like the evolutionary/biochemical issue it is rather than "you just need to act like a hamster a couple hours a day and punish yourself by starvation around the clock."http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/10/health/la-he-drug-fat-loss-20111110
So, for those of us not
into self-flagellation, meth, or a return to the Bronze Age, there is hope.