I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or trainer. But I am a scientist with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and have 20 plus years of experience solving complex problems. If there is one thing I have learned from solving problems, you need to ensure you are asking the right questions. Otherwise you will end up going in circles and never solving the problem. The weight loss industry has failed to ask the right questions about obesity and obesity is spiraling out of control globally. We have a lot of great programs focused on nutrition and exercise but these programs don’t address the right questions to solve obesity.
Here are some of the questions the industry has asked itself historically – How does someone lose weight? What foods should they eat? What foods should they avoid? Everyone knows that to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume, this is a universal truth that is not rocket science. Everyone also has a basic understanding of what is healthy and unhealthy when it comes to food choices. So why then have we not solved obesity? Because we have not asked the right questions.
Back in 2008 when my doctor “congratulated me” for being obese and then asked me how long I wanted to live, I decided I had to take matters into my own hands. Being a scientist, I started by asking myself lots of questions. Some of these questions included:
- Why does the weight loss industry continue to grow financially but yet so does worldwide obesity?
- Why can’t I stick with a new program for more than a few weeks and sometimes only a few days?
- What am I thinking and feeling when I decide to buy a new program?
- How do I feel when starting the new program?
- Why do I slip back into my old routine only to put the weight back on quickly?
- How am I going to break this cycle?
So while answering the first five of these questions was very helpful in pointing me in the right direction, it did take me five straight years of failing before I found the right question to ask to solve my problem. After stripping out all of my associations with diets (e.g. starting with a blank sheet of paper), I told myself there is only one universal truth to losing weight – you have to burn more calories than you consume. Then I noticed a common theme with standard diets – they drastically drop calories and radically changed food choices in a single day. Then it dawned on me, diets fail to factor how to change human behavior. How is changing eating and exercise habits any different than learning a new language or training for a marathon? We are trying to correct decades of someone’s poor eating and exercise habits in a single day, no wonder why we keep failing. Then I realized that the million dollar question to ask to solve obesity is “How do I change eating and exercise habits permanently?” Have a little patience and open mind and I will show you an easy inexpensive way to a new you.
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