Obesity has been plaguing our society for a very long time, but over the last three decades or so, the obesity rates have more than doubled in the United States. In fact, over 17% of children from 2-19 years, and 35% of US adults are obese…making the obesity rates in the United States the highest in any developed country. The obesity rates certainly have skyrocketed to an unacceptable level and a recent study shows that this is no longer a trend, it’s the norm. This study goes on to show that over 42% of the US population will be obese by 2030 with some estimates going above the 50% marker. This will also cost YOU, the tax paying citizens of this country over $550 BILLION in the next 18 years! Everyone pays the price of an obese country.
The full writeup can be found here: (http://www.ajpmonline.org/webfiles/images/journals/amepre/AMEPRE_33853-stamped2.pdf)
Imagine a nation where the majority of its citizens are obese…it could happen…and soon. There are many nations in the world where people cannot even eat enough food, so the idea of a morbidly obese population is surely a grave concern. Is this what we should think of when we think of America? NO WAY! We’re better than this and we can prove it to the world with some knowledge and hard work!
There has always been some kind of “miracle solution” for weight loss and/or muscular gain that features some self proclaimed guru that peddles his garbage to a certainly uninformed consumer…his curly hair, short shorts and charismatic yet evil grin staring at you from the box of crap on which his face is displayed. Their solution always seem to involve some random combination of foods that possess no inherent thermogenic properties along with some magic supplement that tribes in South East Asia have been consuming for decades…they claim these people (whoever they are) have never had a problem with obesity. Just a quick thought here…starving people in third world countries probably won’t have a problem with obesity, let’s be real here. I would seriously question the science behind these “miracle diets” before you go and invest your time and money. If someone can prove (with published literature) that eating a cookie three times a day (yes it exists) will help me to lose a lot of fat while gaining muscle without sacrificing my health I’ll go ahead and eat cookies for the rest of my life. But I won’t hold my breath.
Unfortunately, it’s utter garbage. Life is about some kind of balance, and eating only one type of food nonstop is foolish, and won’t help your body or your mind. So let’s breakdown food intake. From a caloric standpoint, protein & carbohydrates have four calories per gram whereas fat has nine calories per gram. This in no way makes fat more “fattening” it just isn’t so, contrary to popular belief. In fact, studies have shown that there is NO difference between low fat diets and balanced submaintenance diets. Any macronutrient (protein/carbs/fat) eaten in excess over a daily maintenance level will more than likely lead to fat gain (unless the surplus is not too severe or if one is weight training as well). The type of macronutrient matters little when it comes to weight loss/gain.
In my opinion, a balance is best (obviously this is subjective) because carbohydrates generally contain more micronutrients, fats contain essential fatty acids (not all), and protein is the building block of muscle and has very positive effects on metabolism and body composition. Dietary fat and stored fat are not the same thing…it will not necessarily lead to weight gain unless the aforementioned situation occurs. Fat is an important macronutrient that has a myriad of health benefits including aiding in weight loss, the absorption of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K, beta-carotene), and the blunting of insulin. This is very important as insulin is a powerful hormone in the body that is released whenever food is consumed (this is in response to elevated glucose levels). Too much insulin release is detrimental to weight & health goals by speeding up the aging process while contributing to fat gain. Carbohydrates & proteins have a greater insulin response, and fat is able to hinder that to a degree. This is what makes dietary fat important, it’s not something to be avoided. (Note: Check out this article on the subject: Not All Fats Are Created Equal)
Diet Crazes and Why They Failed
Let’s take a look at some diet crazes and why they failed. In the 1980s, people were afraid of fat. Low fat/no fat was the “rage” and people avoided it entirely. Diets were almost completely fat free and…shocker…obesity rates started to escalate. In the 1990s people became developed a fear of carbohydrates and began to avoid them entirely. These extreme diets are beneficial in the short term, but have several drawbacks. The first is that the diet is very extreme and devoid of micronutrients (vitamins/minerals). The second is that glucose is the brain’s preferred source of energy, which has the potential to negatively affect focus & mental capacity. While lower carb diets can be effective, a completely no carb diet will almost certainly have some drawbacks.
Drinking nothing but a special fruit juice packed with vitamins also generated millions of dollars. This is basically a modified fast. You’re starving yourself and giving yourself just enough nutrients to live. No thanks. Something to think about: The human body has the ability to digest whole foods and does it quite well. If one is to stop utilizing the bodies abilities, even for a short time, the consequences can be severe. The potential to gain all the weight back is a definite possibility as well.
To be honest, at the end of the day, the key to losing fat is following a lifestyle that includes weight training exercise, some cardio and a sensible diet plan as the one advised here:
But for a long while I’ve sat back and watched as the pharmaceutical companies have pushed one drug after the next. In the last several years, there have been several FDA approved weight loss drugs hitting the market. Great, right? WRONG!
The pharmaceutical industry needs continued business to keep the profit margin high which means that profits always come first, and the health and concerns of the consumer come a far distant second.
Just because the FDA approves it, that does not make it safe…pain killers and other narcotics are examples of FDA approved drugs that can have short and long term harsh side effects including death. These new weight loss drugs should be approached with extreme caution. In fact, the newer drugs were repeatedly voted against by the FDA until the respective drug companies made some major revisions…now that they’ve been approved, there are doctors speaking out about the harmful effects of these drugs along with their lack of effectiveness.
Surely for genetic obesity disorders and for the already morbidly obese population, such type drugs or surgeries might be a necessary evil. But what about the people who could have prevented severe obesity? Obesity is a choice, and as a country, we can choose healthy and lean bodies. The causes (non-genetic) are generally pretty simple. Lack of exercise and poor diet. There are those who suffer from insecurity and depressive disorders, and those things should certainly be addressed, potentially by a medical professional, but not simply by a weight loss drug, as that will not cure the underlying cause…just as these weight loss drugs don’t make up for poor diet or laziness with regards to exercise.
There is no miracle drug. If you continue to not exercise and continue to consume a poor diet YOU WILL BE OBESE. There is no getting around this. Unfortunately, these weight loss drugs will be sold to average consumers trying to lose weight in an easy way. All at the expense of good health. Junk food, the couch, and drugs with very harmful side effects…is that your goal? Do you believe that’s conducive to good health? Obviously not! Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and many many other maladies can be directly linked to obesity in many cases. Don’t be a victim of your own bad habits!
Let’s take a look at some of the bad side effects linked to three very common drugs (not trade names, check the label of any drug for these ingredients) orlistat, topiramate and phentermine. Keep in mind, death is a side effect that you definitely want to avoid!
-Topiramate is an anti-seizure drug that can be used for weight loss.
Side effects include:
- Cognitive defects including confusion & memory loss
- Nausea & Diarrhea
- Birth Defects
- Numbness & Tingling
-Phentermine is an appetite suppressor that has been approved by the FDA.
Side effects include:
- Convulsions (seizures)
- High Blood Pressure
- Hostility With An Urge To Attack
-Orlistat is an anorectic drug (strike one) that reduces intestinal fat absorption by inhibiting pancreatic lipase. This inhibition leads to the prevention of fat hydrolysis and the breaking down of triglycerides (strike two). In laymen’s terms, this causes fat to pass through the digestive system undigested. Fat literally passes through your body without being broken down and it must be excreted immediately (the body cannot hold it). So to put it bluntly, you’d best be wearing a diaper if you plan on supplementing with Orlistat as your fecal matter will now control you, and not the other way around (strike three).
Other side effects include:
- Diminished Gallbladder Function
- Impaired Liver Function
- Steatorrhea & Fecal Incontinence – meaning oily, loose stools,
- Frequent or urgent bowels
A cautionary warning for orlistat users looks something like this: “Before you fully become used to the effects of orlistat, it’s definitely a good idea to wear dark colored pants, and take another set of clothing with you to work.” So the science behind this is quite simple (although it seems like a practical joke)…the body has to breakdown fewer calories. Wild idea here, bear with me…you could always eat slightly less and not have to change clothes after a meal. Just throwing it out there. Knowing what we know about macronutrients and the digestive system, you’ll find that the blocking of dietary fat is pointless, detrimental, and flat out embarrassing in this case.
Also, 35% of subjects that have taken these weight loss drugs have actually regained mostly all of the weight after discontinuing use. Again, they are clearly not a stable solution to attaining a good physique and it’s yet another lazy man’s failed dream for an end all weight loss “cure.” Which is yet another problem. Many people shall continue to eat their fast food with the justification that “I’ve taken my weight loss drug so it’s OK.” Lovely.
A gastric bypass surgery has a similar methodology (although a very different mechanism of action). Less food, lose more weight. Both of these alternatives are unnatural and completely unnecessary in any human being who is not physically handicapped. And a 1,300lb man in Mexico who can’t walk lost 500-lbs on diet alone so I think you just might have a chance.
Keys to Fat Loss Success
Proper nutrition, consistent training and if desired, top notch dietary supplements are your keys to success, not harmful drugs.
There are tons of great resources on the Labrada Nutrition website that can help you to achieve your goals:
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So take your mother’s advice, even today…say no to drugs…and yes to a healthy lifestyle!
Yours in good health,
~Zachary Mills, Team Labrada