Obesity: A Deeper Look

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Obesity is a global concern, affecting a substantial 42 percent of American adults alongside a host of associated health complications. Beyond the evident physical burden and fatigue brought about by carrying excess weight, a host of severe health consequences is linked to obesity. Conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, and even premature mortality underscore the gravity of this issue. As the availability of weight loss shots and pills increases, promising quick fixes for those struggling with excess weight, it's imperative to delve into the complexities of this problem.

Food Choices

Understanding the root causes of obesity requires recognizing that the journey toward being overweight wasn't arrived at overnight. Similarly, the path toward sustainable weight loss and overall health improvement cannot be rushed. The small choices we've made concerning our dietary habits have collectively contributed to our current state. Consumption of processed, "non-food" or "food-like" substances over time has gradually led to weight gain. These artificially-engineered products lack essential nutrients while introducing elements that the body struggles to process, ultimately resulting in excess weight. Notably, the allure of such processed items often stems from their engineered ability to trigger cravings for them.


The appeal of quick-fix solutions, like weight loss pills and shots, is understandable in the middle of the uphill battle against weight gain. However, these methods carry inherent risks, particularly those associated with rapid weight loss. Frequently, such products encourage severe caloric restriction, leading to potential nutrient deficiencies. The process of rapid weight loss can deplete the body of vital vitamins and minerals, essential for maintaining overall health. The outcome of this approach can extend to fatigue, compromised immune responses, and even malnutrition.

Interestingly, it's worth noting that a paradox exists within the realm of obesity. Many obese individuals also suffer from malnutrition. This seemingly counterintuitive relationship between excess weight and nutrient deficiency stems from the nature of their diets, which are often laden with processed and "food-like" substances. This paradox highlights the critical role of balanced nutrition, in which the body's nutritional needs are adequately met, and essential nutrients are present for optimal functioning.

Nutrient Deficient 

Rather than fixating solely on the physical aspect of weight, it is prudent to address the underlying issues of nutrient deficiency among the obese and overweight population. The solution lies in a move towards consuming nutrient-dense foods. Plant-based foods, in particular, offer a wealth of nutrients, natural fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants designed to support holistic health. Integrating fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, beans, and lentils into daily meals optimizes nutrient intake and begins to rectify the nutrient imbalances with in the body.

Real Foods

It's essential to recognize that diet pills and shots are not a sustainable answer to the complexities of weight loss. While these quick-fix methods may seem enticing, they often come with their own set of risks, including the challenge of maintaining results once these approaches are discontinued. The enduring solution lies in adopting gradual, realistic changes, with a focus on incorporating "real foods" – nutrient-rich plants – into daily diets. By taking these steps, one can begin the journey toward lasting health improvements, ultimately experiencing increased vitality and well-being.


Kelly Summers, is a Master Herbalist & Natural Healing Guide®. She knows that knowledge is empowering and deeply desires to share the insights she has learned through her continued journey of learning. 



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