02 Jul Why Losing Weight is So Hard (and How CoolSculpting Can Help!)
It’s easy to point fingers at convenience foods and working at a desk, but researchers at York University say that the real reason it’s so tough to lose weight is because of evolution and our environment. CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss tool, but it can help you target stubborn fat pockets and contour the body when you’re within a few pounds of your target weight.
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The findings in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice studied diet and exercise habits of “tens of thousands of Americans” over 40 years and found that even when a person had the same diet and exercise routine as someone else, the 2006 person had a higher BMI than the 1988 person. What gives?
On average, today’s person is ten percent heavier than someone 20-30 years ago. Managing your weight is a lot more complex than “energy in, energy out.” Researchers say that our lifestyle today simply makes it more difficult to manage weight. We sleep less (hello, weight gain), have higher stress (what’s up, extra pounds?), and are exposed to more chemicals (scary). Researchers also theorize that more prescription drug use is playing a toll.
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The microbiomes in our guts, which process food, are also struggling with diet changes. We eat a lot more meat than we used to (not counting our caveman ancestors!), a lot more artificial sweetener, and both of these are wreaking havoc on our gut. Yes, Paleo dieting and swapping the occasional Stevia for sugar is usually a smart move, but not en masse like we’ve been doing.
Finally, it’s sad but true: Our bodies are taking a long time to catch up to society’s standards. We don’t feel “full” until 20 minutes after we’ve been eating, and starving bodies grab onto any calorie they can, because our bodies are still behaving like we’re cavemen fighting tooth and nail for food. While our ancestors burned thousands of calories per day hunting and gathering, only to eat organic, unprocessed foods when they could, today’s bodies are still acting like that’s the norm.
In short, it’s harder now to manage weight than ever before. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible—especially with the right support and strategies. If you’re within a healthy weight range but are struggling with those last few pounds, call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 for a complimentary CoolSculpting consultation.