In many ways the experience of Sisyphus describes the experience of the estimated 120 million of us who are dieting at any given moment. Dieting takes a great deal of willpower and energy. Which is the same as pushing a large boulder up a mountain. Statistics show that very few people are successful in reaching the summit. A more common scenario is that they struggle until they can go no more and the boulder rolls back down hill where it remains until the next weight-loss program.
The reason it is so difficult to reach the summit is because conventional weight-loss and exercise programs aren’t the answer.
Diets Don’t Work
Dr. Arya Sharma, who is the chair of obesity research and management at the University of Alberta and medical director of the Weight Wise program at Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital, says:
"The minute you go on a diet, the minute you start losing weight the first thing that happens is your body says, 'OK we're going to shut down the furnace, there's not enough fuel coming in, we're not going to be shifting to fourth gear anymore,' and it happens automatically."
As soon as the body goes on a diet it’s survival mechanisms kick in and weight loss slows and eventually stops. This is very frustrating to those trying to pushing the rock so they inevitably stop and go back to their old eating habits. But now the body’s metabolism has slowed down and they gain even more weight than before. This is the yo-yo effect.
Exercise Programs Don’t work
A report in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association followed 3,554 men and women over 20 years. Half the group exercised vigorously, the others led more sedentary lifestyles. Both groups gained weight, but the average difference was only 2.6 kilograms for men and 6.1 kilograms for women.
Some studies have even suggested that in order for exercise alone to effect weight loss it would need to be 90 to 120 minutes a day.
So much for exercise in preventing weight gain and creating weight loss.
Who Do We Blame?
Research has shown 95% of those who lose weight gain it back within three years. Beyond 3 years that failure rate is even worse. In reality, almost no one loses significant weight and keeps it off.
The FDA has declared that not one single company in the entire weight loss industry can show a record of long-term success. This is an incredible accusation toward an entire industry. What would happen to the automobile industry if the majority of their vehicles quit running within three years of purchase? But the $30 billion dollar diet industry has plenty of advertising dollars. More than sufficient to convincing everyone that their programs work leaving most people pointing the finger at themselves. It can’t be the diet, it was guaranteed to work. It must be me.
Dr. Arya Sharma says, “The science around obesity does support the contention of so many people that in spite of a healthy diet and getting exercise, they continue to gain weight.”
What’s the answer?
You must disregard many of the conventional ideas about weight loss.
When you cut your finger the blood flows from tiny vessels in the skin. This blood helps wash out the dirt and germs. The bleeding soon stops as the blood thickens, or clots. The clots keep out harmful bacteria and soon form a scab. The scab acts as protection while the wound is healing. New skin grows and when it is completely filled in the scab falls off. Your body wants to be healthy and is designed to automatically heal itself.
It is the same for our weight. Our bodies want to be healthy and at a healthy weight.
We don’t have to be like Sisyphus, we have power over ourselves. There is not some vengeful God controlling our experience. We are the God of ourselves, the answer we are seeking is inside of ourselves and that gives us hope. We don’t have to buy into the story the advertising industry is selling. Put down the rock and simply do something different.
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