Obesity is on the Rise Globally... Here's Why (And How to Stop It)
If you live in the US, the EU, or Australia, chances are you know somebody struggling with obesity. The solution? Not as difficult as you might think.
The true cause of obesity is much broader than greasy chain restaurants:
Let's see how western eating habits have evolved. In 1950s US, for instance, only about 10 percent of the population was classified as obese. So, at what point did this habitual laziness start?
Actually, it was a rather slow process. The 50s was the time refrigerators had all but replaced iceboxes. For this reason, people stopped buying groceries every day and instead began to stock up on food. This was also the time the automobile had become commonplace in middle-class homes, especially in the United States. Farmer's markets were soon replaced with supermarkets, and people didn't even have to walk to them. Perhaps by coincidence, or perhaps not, this was also the time when several major fast food companies were started, including McDonald's, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. So, if people were on the road and didn't have time to go home for lunch, they could just swing into some burger stand for a quick meal.
The laziness continued to grow as food scientists discovered new ways to preserve and package food to increase its shelf life. By the mid-80s, a quarter of US households owned a microwave oven, giving rise to TV dinners. These meals were pre-cooked and frozen in a disposable container, meaning all you had to do was zap it in the microwave a few minutes, eat it, and toss it in the trash. At this point, obesity in the US had more than doubled since the 50s.
In the dawn of the Internet, we started to see more and more people getting desk jobs, spending around eight hours a day sitting at a computer then somehow being exhausted when they came home and sat some more in front of the TV while eating their dinner. (By the way, spending more than six hours a day seated seriously increases your risk of obesity and heart disease.) And now, here we are, scratching our heads, wondering how we came to where we are. Some 38 percent of Americans are overweight. More than half of Europeans are overweight. And almost two-thirds of Australians are overweight. Should it be any surprise that these places are some of the least physically active in the world?
Rest assured, westerners, there is a solution to this obesity epidemic -- and since you're so lazy already, it will please you to know that it doesn't require much work: It's called detoxification. A detox is a permanent change in your body that has scientific research to back up its benefits. It removes toxins from your body, which makes it easier for your body to utilize fat as an energy source. This is why people say detoxing "flushes out fat"; when your body is operating in a pure, clean state, metabolism increases.
Here are just a few of the best supplements to take to get started on a detox:
Ever notice how thin and healthy the people of the east are? That's because they eat a lot of raw fish, and fish is loaded with protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. But fish isn't actually the primary source of these micronutrients;
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an incredible fat-flusher. It contains acetic acid, which helps your body metabolize carbohydrates better. This stuff will give you more energy and reduce your blood glucose at the same time. Aside from losing weight, it's also a natural probiotic for good bacteria and antibiotic for bad bacteria.
Red Rooibos Tea
This is probably the most powerful detoxer in the world. It boosts cellular metabolism, improves digestion, and acts as a natural diuretic, so it reduces the fluid retention and constipation that often causes obesity. There are stories of people who have lost more than 40 pounds (18 kilos) without going to the gym, skipping meals, or taking other supplements. The best time to take it is early in the morning on an empty stomach so it can get into your system before you start putting toxins in.
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