“98% of statistics are made up on the spot” – Bumper sticker.
We now know that statistics can be misleading. Many studies are funded by vested interests. Different studies often contradict each other.
Imagine reading a study where scientists ‘proved’ that up to 4 glasses of wine a day is beneficial for your health and heart. How would you feel about opening a bottle? What if you then found out that the study was financed by the International wine lovers association?
Imagine reading an article that offered evidence that 6 cups of strong coffee a day, decreased the risk of certain types of cancer by up to 40%? Would you increase your coffee intake to 6 cups a day? Would you continue if you started to experience nervous tremors and insomnia? Heart palpitations?
When you read these often contradictory scientific findings you are really only getting a small amount of information.
You might read an article quoting a study stating that people who stayed in bed until noon lived on average 3 years longer? There might be another 100 studies that show the opposite.
My point here is that we shouldn’t believe anything that we read or hear at face value…
… whether it is a new diet, a health supplement or a mail order fitness contraption. There are many ways that statistics can be misleading or false. Correlation does NOT mean causation. Even if the two factors influence each other it is possible that we can get the cause and effect the wrong way round.
I believe this happens a lot in the realm of weight loss. Even in the case of our basic assumptions. Elsewhere in these posts I talk about how weight gain causes a slower metabolism, when many people think that they are fat because of the slow metabolism. It is the same with the overall weight issue.
We hear people saying that they have a weight problem.
The extra weight is the SYMPTOM not the problem!
It is a false premise, an incorrect framing of the situation. It is similar to the misnomer of the health care system. The health care system is a medical intervention system. The medical interventions consist of surgery (slicing chopping and stitching) and medication (chemicals that create imbalances in our bodily systems).
Wouldn’t a more accurate definition of health care be ones individual efforts in eating healthily, managing stress, and getting adequate exercise? We usually end up in the ‘health care system’ because we HAVEN’T followed any health care!
So back to the topic of weight problems, by focusing on the weight, you are fighting the wrong issue. What you focus on tends to grow. It doesn’t matter whether you call it the law of attraction; or some kind of mystical or spiritual system; or if you believe in the advances in the theory of quantum physics. It is a fact that what you focus on, gets bigger.
By focusing on being fat, you will continue to be fat.
This phenomenon occurs in all aspects of life, it is why hypochondriacs end up getting sick more often. It is why the winner of a sporting event is likely to be obsessed with winning (more so than his or her opponents). It is why the fear of poverty can keep you poor. It is why someone who obsessively and neurotically thinks that their partner will cheat or leave will later see it happen.
My point is, don’t focus on the symptom.
Even if it is the problem, still don’t focus on it. Your weigh scales, fat calipers, or body mass index charts are just tools. Probably hardly more effective tools than simply watching which notches on your belt are getting the most use over time.
Being overweight or obese is a symptom. It is a symptom of bad choices. These bad choices are made for real reasons. It is not your genes, metabolism or some kind of curse. It is your faulty thought processes, bad decision making, and therefore bad habits. The good news is that you can ‘rewire’ yourself, you can change the way you think. With devotion to understanding why you make the bad decisions, and by researching these obstacles…
You will start to realize why you make the bad decisions.
- It could be that you are overeating in response to an unresolved emotional pain that you haven’t dealt with.
- It could be that the people that you spend time with always eat junk food, or pressure you to join them when you are not really hungry.
- Maybe you shop at the supermarket after a long day at work, you shop when you are hungry which leads to you buying unhealthy or convenience food.
- Maybe you thought that diet drinks helped weight loss when there is evidence to suggest that they do the opposite.
- And so on.
- It is likely that as you start to learn and educate yourself you will find 10 or even 20 reasons for your bad decision making. You can handle them one by one, or a few at a time.
You will be on a journey of discovery:
- Food and nutrition
- Physics and physiology
- Knowledge and wisdom.
Every week you will get stronger, you will be developing new tools to create real change in your life. You will be focusing on solutions and real causes instead of incorrect assumptions and beliefs.
You will build on this, there will be momentum. There will always be more to learn, more to adjust and fine-tune. Your chances of health and vitality will be enhanced far more than with the traditional diet and exercise plan of rules and restrictions. Rules and restrictions that you don’t even fully understand.
Your weight is not the problem.
It is your thoughts, and decisions in many areas of your life. These can all be identified and adjusted.