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The success rate for returning to healthy weight after living a life of obesity is very low among people who follow the status quo

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(NaturalNews) Advertisement and convenience pull us into a life of consumption as bad habits take hold. Refined sugar, donuts, tall corn syrup drinks, and preservative-filled snacks become our crutches. We are quick to feed our appetite and cradle our sicknesses, while neglecting the fact that we are starving our bodies of cellular energy. Obesity and disease have become a normal way of life for many, rooted in a thinking pattern of lies, telling ourselves that this is all in our genes, a cursed destiny.

Dismayed and searching, we look to an ideal body image, but that too is often just a faraway advertisement toying with our emotions, pulling our strings. Like a cat chasing yarn, we fall for the fad diet scams just as quickly as we turn to the chemicals that promise to stimulate our brains back to happiness.

So many unable to escape obesity

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.

Weight management programs that seek to help the obese are not always effective either. The study concluded that diet and exercise alone don't always do the trick. So how does obesity change a person permanently, trapping them from ever attaining a healthy weight? Three theories may help explain the situation:

Certain bacteria species govern healthy weight

First, there's the role of certain species of bacteria in a person's gut. When consuming a very highly processed diet (the kind that leads to obesity), a person gains weight, but they also change the bacterial environment residing in their stomach and intestines. Due to bacterial changes in a person's gut, they may never be able to recover from obesity unless they restore the diversity of healthy microbes within the gut.

Hormone disrupting chemicals can cause systemic weight gain

Secondly, there's the problem of hormone-disrupting chemicals lurking in the water supply, in body care products and in glyphosate-grown foods. Substances such as arsenic, lead, aluminum, organophosphates, xenoestrogens, phthalates and BPA all disrupt the endocrine system of the human body, negatively effecting bodily functions governed by hormones, such as metabolism. Since these chemicals are a major part of the obesity lifestyle, they are simultaneously damaging the normal function of the metabolism. The persistence of chemicals in the diet, through inhalation and/or absorption, stops a person's metabolism from working properly.

The mindset that keeps people obese and sick

Finally, there's the issue of mindset. People struggling with obesity may never envision themselves as adaptable people, capable of freeing their bodies from chemicals and toxic influence. They may never recognize the importance of replenishing bacterial diversity in their guts, so as to modulate healthy weight from the inside out. They often view themselves as victims of bad genes. With this mindset, there is no driving force of emotion to compel them to take action and correct any hormonal imbalances that are plaguing their bodies. They mentally accept their disease, and may even use it to get sympathy from others, or use their genetics as some sad excuse.

Most obese patients can temporary lose weight, but the results don't last. There's more to a person's weight than just unused calories turned to fat. Specific bacteria species within a person's microbiome help govern bodily functions such as weight management. Hormonal processes also govern metabolism, and this natural process can be disrupted by certain chemicals. Exercise alone doesn't always keep the weight off; there's more to maintaining a healthy weight.

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