“Modern” medicine has a tendency to approach physical issues in a very specific way. Typically, Western medical practitioners tend to use pharmaceutical and other chemically-based methods to address health issues, and there is no question that these can have a very potent effect. But, when a person is looking to lose weight and keep it off, is the Western medical approach the best option?
So much of Western medicine focuses on treating symptoms without addressing causes of an issue. Included in this thinking is a minimal (if any) emphasis on nutrition and life habits in a person’s efforts to lose weight. While Western medical methods can help a person get skinny, unfortunately, the Western emphasis on “quick fixes” doesn’t seem to have a long-term beneficial effect for most people. L.J. Devon writes,
“A study by King’s College London found that after living a life of obesity, most people never find a way out; most never return to a healthy weight. They found that only 1 in 210 men attain a normal body weight after living a lifestyle of obesity. In severe cases of obesity, only 1 in 1,290 find a way out of their destructive lifestyle.
“The UK research study involved 278,982 participants (129,194 men and 149,788 women). Their electronic BMI records from 2004 to 2014 were obtained and examined. When it came to short term weight loss, both men and women could achieve their goals, but the results didn’t stick over time. One in 12 obese men and 1 in 10 obese women could achieve 5 percent weight loss, but over half of them regained the weight within two years. After five years had gone by, 78 percent had gained all the weight they lost back.”
To be fair, the study found that diet and exercise alone weren’t always enough to help people either, though a study from the Karolinska Institute, the University of Copenhagen, and Dublin City University found that exercise actually stimulates parts of a person’s DNA that helps the body function in such a way as to help with “the prevention of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.”
Other factors beyond diet and exercise that can affect a person’s weight include the gut bacteria that inhabit a person’s body and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Key to the impact of gut bacteria and avoiding hormone-disrupting chemicals are avoiding processed foods and glycosate-grown foods. Glycosate is the active ingredient in the popular insecticide Roundup which is incredibly prevalent in it’s use in farming.
Our recommendation for both weight loss and maintenance is to, as much as possible, change your diet to unprocessed, organic whole foods and to make sure that you exercise regularly.