Obesity. It is an epidemic that has taken the United States by storm. In 2009 the CDC estimated that 72% of the United States population was overweight. Out of that 72% an estimated 34% were morbidly obese, and out of that 34% only an estimated 6% had an actual, genetic reason for being obese.And again, in March of 2012 the CDC released a report which stated that 43% of the population will be obese by 2030, and yet the percentage of those with a genetic reason stays around 5%.
In other words, the other 70% who are overweight/obese or the currently 34% versus the future 43% of the population who are obese…are simply fat because they want to be. They have no genetic reason for being overweight or obese. They work out at the gym on a regular basis and eat foods labeled as “healthy” and “organic” by the FDA/USDA and yet the vast majority of the population is overweight or obese.
Here’s the thing: your body doesn’t run on exercise alone. It’s fueled by the food you consume. Weight loss, fat loss and healthy living can easily be achieved utilizing the well-known 70/30 diet plan rule, which states that perfect health and weight can be obtained by a simple 70% diet and 30% fitness routine. The vast majority of people’s problems are not related to their exercise routines, but rather the foods they eat. And, just like a high-octane engine in a performance vehicle, when you put bad fuel into the gas tank the engine starts to ping and performance falters.
In America alone more than 45 million people belong to some sort of a gym, up from 23 million people in 1993 according to an article written in Time magazine. Americans spend upwards of $20 billion a year on gym memberships. A study called the Minnesota Heart Survey – which ran from 1980 until 2000 – found that while only 47% of people said they engaged in regular exercise back in 1980, that number had grown to 57% by the year 2000. The current estimates are that closer to 65% of Americans are now going to the gym.
And yet, ironically, obesity figures have literally gone through the roof in the same period of time. The numbers are staggering, and startlingly clear: fitness has little to do with how overweight a person is. After all, numbers are up and an estimated 65% of the population is heading to the gym on a regular basis…yet roughly 75% of the population is overweight or obese.
While it’s true that our lives in the modern age have become far more sedentary than they were even 50 years ago, obesity as an epidemic did not exist until the modern age. And while it’s also true that fitness has only begun to be promoted as a healthy way of life in recent times (prior to the 1960s doctors actually advised against rigorous exercise, especially in elderly individuals who could possibly injure themselves by strenuously exercising), and there’s no doubt that the studies show a lower risk for a wide variety of diseases – especially heart-related diseases – as a result of a healthy fitness routine, the number of overweight and obese people in the world in the past few years seem to indicate that no matter how much we work out, something’s not working. After all, gym memberships are up. More people go to the gym now than they did 30, 20 and even 10 years ago. So why are people still gaining weight if they are spending so much time at the gym?
The problem? The food they are putting into their bodies. Particularly snacks such as doughnuts and chips and power bars and muffins and cookies and and all the “fast food” that people cram into their hungry little mouths because they don’t take the time to slow down and eat healthy. They have no actual diet plan and instead merely eat whatever is at hand that is quick and easy and doesn’t require a lot of time to prepare.
According to prominent exercise researcher Eric Ravussin of Louisiana State University, exercise for weight loss or fat loss alone is “pretty useless”, with a major factor being that while it’s true that working out burns calories and yes, you need to burn calories in order to lose weight, there is also a side effect of working out, and that is hunger. This hunger forces the body into needing to eat more to provide energy for the muscles, which can lead to weight gain if you aren’t eating the right types and quantities of food.
The real solution to the problem lies in diet and nutrition. You get out what you put in. You are what you eat.
Fact: The Mediterranean Diet drops the mortality rate from all heart disease related causes by 70%.
Fact: TMD provides substantial protection against Type 2 diabetes.
Fact: Followers of TMD have a minimum 9% overall lower risk of cardiovascular disease, minimum, in comparison to their average American counterparts.
Fact: TMD lowers the overall chance of getting cancer by a minimum of 6% in comparison to the average American.
Fact: Followers of TMD have a minimum 13% less chance of developing Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.
Fact: Scientists only understand a fraction of what actually makes the combination of foods in TMD so powerful for our bodies. Every year they uncover more “truths” that the people of the region have known for thousands of years: good food and regular exercise are the path to a better and healthier you.
Fact: There are a hundred different ways that the food combinations which are a part of The Mediterranean Diet can benefit your body and absolutely zero reasons why you shouldn’t be using them to achieve Olympian health and wellness just like the ancient gods and Olympians of old.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and the power of this diet and lifestyle isn’t in any one element. Rather, it is a combination of various aspects that mix together to create the perfect blend of fitness and nutrition so that your body can achieve a natural state of perfection. There are no caloric restrictions, no food group restrictions (such as with the Atkins diet), no processed toxins, no poisonous additives, no preservatives or anything unnatural whatsoever. This is whole foods at its finest; pure, raw, untainted energy from The Earth.
The Mediterranean Lifestyle: Olympian Health and Wellness is a total combination of elements: a complete lifestyle and diet plan. It’s not a fad. It’s not a rapid weight loss or fat loss system. It’s not a get-ripped-in-90-days program. It’s a way of life. It’s a process that will lead you into Olympian health and wellness and a healthy, toned physique that will move you out of the 75% bracket and into the the realm of people who are free from statistics.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is perfect health and wellness. It is a gradual process that takes time, but the end results are a life free of disease, free of sicknesses, free of obesity and free of the thousands of needless dollars so many people waste year after year on chemicals and medicines that they don’t need. The only medicine your body needs is the kind that is absolutely and 100% free: natural, whole foods.
The first step in any program for addicts is admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion. Everything from that point on is about learning how to control your addiction to the poisonous, harmful and toxic substances that are killing you. Heroin. Cigarettes. Alcohol. Methamphetamines. Soda pop. Artificial sweeteners and coloring. Processed foods.
That is the beauty of The Mediterranean Lifestyle and Diet. It is a return to basics, to the way we ate at the beginning of time before sweeteners and additives and preservatives and poisons. Get your start today with the free Seven Days to Olympian Health guide, as well as our Healthy Living blog, which is regularly updated throughout the week with Mediterranean Diet and whole foods information.
Then, once you have finished Seven Days to Olympian Health and familiarized yourself with what it means to be an Olympian, you will be ready to graduate into the full Mediterranean Lifestyle: Olympian Health and Wellness commitment through a simple combination of whole foods, regular physical activity and easy living.
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