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Physicians are saying there is an obesity epidemic here in America and more and more people are coming to terms with being overweight or even obese.  There are plenty of photos on social media of smiling very fat people saying, “I am fat, but happy and healthy.”  Happiness is a personal state of mind and cannot be measured, but weight can. Surely 10-15 lbs. over ideal weight would not make much of a difference to anyone’s health, yet still will make some difference to appearance and clothing size. It’s fine and good if obese people feel happy, but they cannot be healthy.

Just last week the European heart journal published a huge study on health and extra weight conducted in a dozen European countries.  To make it to the point, the conclusion is if someone is heavily over-weight, while even metabolic markers might be normal at some stage, the risk of heart attacks, stroke ,diabetes is much higher than that of a person with normal weight – Hence, heavily over-weight people are not healthy.  Also as a cardiologist myself, I can tell you when over-weight people are in the hospital, it’s much more difficult to treat them.  It’s more difficult to put in the IV, the position on the table for surgery is difficult, etc.  So with all this social acceptance of being over-weight (which is logical since we here in United States have around 50% of the population over-weight) it’s not healthy and cannot be!

There are many talk shows about weight loss and people are saying “I’ve tried whatever I could and failed.” The reality is these people did not stop eating excessively.  We have a multi-million dollar fat burner market here in USA, people are buying them at huge quantities and still not losing weight. Does it tell you something?

I did not find any conclusive evidence that all these fat burners work, that’s why ABN does not make any fat burners.  We want to make products that work and if we’ll find any evidence (scientifically proven of course) that fat burners work, we’ll start to make one. However at this stage if anyone wants to lose weight the ONLY OPTION IS TO EAT LESS!  Use your will power and it will work. (Again, being doctor I know there are a few medical conditions which make people gain weight, but we are not talking about such a circumstance which requires medical attention).  From my experience I found the best weight loss diet is intermittent fasting.  Maybe 2 or 3 days a week, you have dinner around 8:00 pm and don’t eating anything until 5:00 pm of the next day, but remember to drink plenty of water. I found for lot of people it’s mentally easier to completely restrain themselves from eating, than to cut out food consumption on each and every meal, but again you need to really want to lose weight and have the will power to make it happen.  Do not wait for the magic wand from fat burners, they won’t work.

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  • David A. Johnston

    The social acceptance of being overweight in this country is simply another sign of declining standards that will end up having deleterious effects and repercussions for future generations.

    By no means should somebody feel “guilty” about being overweight, or should we view that individual as a “bad” or “lazy” person necessarily. Being overweight doesn’t automatically speak to somebody’s character. And as such, I understand the attempt to “be sympathetic” to overweight individuals. Hell, I was 10lbs at birth, and overweight my entire childhood, adolescence, and young adult life– until I started exercising regularly and watching my diet more meticulously, at the age of 24. The entire time I was overweight, I never thought of myself as a “bad person”.

    But at the same time, I didn’t lie to myself or delude myself into thinking it was a “good thing”. I knew it had bad health consequences, and I knew that I would “figure it out” and address my weight problem “some day”– which is exactly what I did.

    The alternative to “fat shaming” doesn’t have to be “fat acceptance”. There is a third possibility: stop turning into an emotional issue, or an issue that speaks to people’s character, and instead, make it a FACTUAL ISSUE: what is the SCIENCE behind losing weight (including behavior management), and how do we best accomplish losing weight and keeping it off?

    The above suggestion is interesting (intermittent fasting)– it’s an approach to diet that I use with a handful of my training clients, but not with most of them, only because, to so many of them, it “seems very odd”.

    But fasting as a means to improved health, is a VERY old technique– supported by Bernard McFadden, arguably the first champion of health and fitness in the United States in the earlier part of the 20th century, and through many other thinkers and health advocates throughout the years. The author is correct, it is often easier to not eat at all, than to eat small amounts– in part, because ghrelin levels are reduced (the “hunger hormone”), due to the stomach not being stretched from food. Also, with no insulin response and concomitant blood sugar drop (from eating carbohydrates and proteins), overall hunger levels will remain low.

    That said, there are numerous ways to successful eat and exercise to lose weight and keep it off. It usually comes back to lifestyle– what do you want and need most, and what is most important to you. Remember, almost ANY plan CAN work, if you apply it correctly and consistently. Key is putting together that plan in the first place, and sticking to it!

    -David A. Johnston

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