Are You Loosing the War on Extra Weight?
Join the club! You are not alone. Despite all of the attention and focus on television and in schools, we are losing the war on extra weight. Two thirds of your neighbors also carry around extra pounds and a full 33% are obese. It’s getting worse, not better.
Take A Deep Breath
Seriously. Take a deep breath. Your brain needs the oxygen! When you fight hard against an enemy like extra weight, it’s tempting to reach for the “Next Great Thing”. In fact that’s what many weight loss celebrities sell. They claim to have the “nuclear option” for weight loss, the answer to all your problems. Just drop their bomb and your problems will vanish, “Will that be Mastercard or Visa?”
This is not the “Next Great Thing.” I’m just not into that. If you want lose weight once and for all, you are going have to start by doing the mental work of opening your mind. This article will do that, but only if you read it. Not skim it. Read it. If you want a quick fix don’t waste your time here. So get a cup of green tea if you want it. I’ll be here when you get back.
All Set? Here We Go
Why is it so hard to win the battle once and for all and just get on with your life? How many different diets have you tried? How many different exercise programs? How many different exercise gadgets? How many supplements, shakes, meals? Yet here we are, again. Depressing? Maybe. I believe that it’s good news. How is that good news. The answer lies in Spamalot. I told you I was going to open your mind!
In the Broadway musical Spamalot there is a scene where the undertaker is walking through the mud of a medieval village collecting bodies during an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Just as the undertaker is about to throw another body on his wagon, the previously limp figure wakes up and declares, “I’m not quite dead yet!” That you are still reading this is proof your spirit is not quite dead yet. You have hope. That is good news and all the proof I need to know that you can prevail in your desire to lose weight.
“But wait a minute!” some of you fellow Spamalot nerds are shouting at the screen. The undertaker whacks that poor soul on the head and he ends up on the death wagon anyway. Exactly! Thanks for bringing up that point. The weight loss experts are not helping you are they? They just want to whack you on the head and keep you quiet. They claim the reason you are struggling to lose weight is you are lazy, you eat too much, you cheat on your diet, you don’t exercise enough. Sound familiar? You probably have heard these scoldings so often you even may repeat them to yourself. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s all bullsh*t. Don’t believe the undertaker. He just wants to whack you on the head and fill his cart.
Why The Big Money Is In Failure
Nobody makes any money when you lose weight, they make money when you fail to lose weight. Think about that for a second. If we lost the weight we wanted to, the billion dollar weight loss indutsry would vanish. Am I saying there is a vast conspiracy out to get you. No, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to be a little bit paranoid about all the people trying to sell you the weight loss final solution - especially me. That’s right. I want you to be the most skeptical consumer out there. Don’t believe a word I say. Check out everything.
Today it’s too easy to take advantage of people who are struggling. Our grandparents were wiser They used to avoid the easy way out like the plague. They used to consider temptation the work of the devil. That’s all old school. Ever since the go-go days of the dot com boom, we are looking for the next great thing, the next great investment, the next hot job with stock options, the next great weight loss drug or surgery. Our grandparents are cringing.
How Your Faith In The “Next Great Thing” Is The Enemy of Your Success
Ever notice how the next great thing (NGT) weight loss supplement, drug or public health campaign is always followed up by the next NGT supplement, drug or public health campaign? If the first solution was so great, why do we need a second, third, fourth…..well you get it. Don’t you?
We put a man on the moon. We decoded the human genome. We can give a premie baby a new heart. Why can’t we help Aunt Sue lose 50 pounds? Could it be the war on obesity was flawed from the get go? Could the war on obesity be designed to inflate egos and bank accounts, not help people lose weight?
Public Health officials want to create a “Manhattan Project” for obesity. They want to find a nuclear bomb sized solution and be remembered as “that guy” who saved the world from elastic waist jeans. But ever notice how most big projects mean big money, big titles, big press conferences and itty bitty results?
Good Intentions and Stupid Results
Big weight loss projects develop a life of there own and often with unintended and even stupid results. New York City’s ban on mega gulp sized soft drinks is a perfect example. Who can argue with encouraging people to eat less sugar? I encourage my patients to eat less sugar every day, but how did that good idea get tortured into a ban on giant sized drinks? Now we’ll have kids double fisting 20 oz bottles of Mountain Dew instead of a 32 oz. That’s a winner! It makes my head explode. “Son, put that Dew down and step away…..slowly.” Really! Who is making money on this colossal waste of civic energy? Probably some consultant with a PhD in Public Health from Harvard or Johns Hopkins.
Meanwhile, at some black tie event, the mayor and his buddies can pat each other on the back pretending they have done something to end the obesity epidemic, but for the people they are supposedly “helping,” nothing changes. It’s the same phenomenon as the famous California gold rush. The poor shlubs who were out at dawn, gonad deep in cold water didn’t make any money, but the people selling the dream did. The gold rush brought us the blue jean empire of Levi Strauss and Company, the financial giant Wells Fargo, and the entire city of San Francisco, but damn few rich gold diggers.
If The Experts Have Answer, Why Are We Still Fat?
Remember when weatherman Al Roker had weight loss surgery? Everybody cheered Al (He’s such a nice guy, who couldn’t?) and the surgeons who invented this NGT surgery. It was amazing how the weight just melted off Al. It was a miracle. People lined up for weight loss surgery. Hospitals couldn’t train surgeons fast enough to staff their new profit centers.
That’s right, weight loss surgery was one of the few procedures that made hospitals money and they needed that cash to flow and flow it did and still does, but ever notice how you don’t hear nearly as much about the surgery anymore? Answer me this one question. How are you supposed to nourish your body if you can only eat 800 calories a day from a severely narrow list of foods? Yeah…..me neither.
Burying The (Bad) Results
You especially don’t hear about the horrible side effects and outcomes and struggles that these victims, um, I mean patients are dealing with. There is even a national organization that helps people deal with the aftermath of weight loss surgery. Another NGT blows up taking thousands of victims along for a nasty nasty ride, but a it not all bad, lot of people got rich along the way. Barf!
"What made medicine fool people for so long was that its successes were prominently displayed and its mistakes (literally) buried." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Problem Is Not Cash: It's (Lack Of) Information
By the way, in case you think this is some anti-capitalistic rant, it’s not. The problem is not profit in medicine. The problem is the good information we need to make sound decisions about our weight loss and our health in general is hard to find. WIth Google on every desk, why is good information so hard to find?
Good information is hard to find because of all the noise from junk science. Junk science is the same old same old phony baloney “research” that is funded by those who don’t want you to change what you eat for breakfast. They spend a lot of money to get you into the habit of emptying that “heart healthy” box into your bowl every morning and they are not going to let you change breakfast without a fight. So they flood the field with “research.” It looks like science, it tastes like science, it even smells like science, but when you look under the hood and the raw data, it rarely warrants the hype printed on the cereal box.
The real research is out there, but you have to know where to look. Once you know where to look, you are 82.36% of the way toward solving the problem of weight lost. (That’s sounds really scientific, doesn’t it?)
The Real Problem Is Waiting For The NGT
Sometimes problems are solved by the NGT, the next great thing, but more often, the best solutions are created with small incremental victories followed by an honest assessment of what worked and what didn't. Some of the most worlds most perplexing problems were solved that way. In fact, thats how the Wright brothers solved one of the worlds toughest problems, heavier than air flight.
NGT’s Are the Enemy of Success
Years before the Wrights flew at Kitty Hawk, their chief rival, Samuel Peirpont Langley, believed he had the NGT. Langley had a larger than life reputation, advanced scientific degrees and mega financial backing from the War Department. (Sound like any weight loss experts you know?) In his mind, he had already conquered flight and the only roadblock was the building of his “Great Aerodrome.” Never heard of Langley? Neither had I.
Pride Goeth Before The Fall: Again
Langley dismissed the Wright’s as simple bicycle mechanics because they lacked formal education and had no understanding or even respect for scientific theory, and he was right. The Wright brothers were only interested in results, not theory. That’s how they solved the epic problem of flight, not with some NGT scientific theory, instead, the Wright brothers humbly tinkered their way to history. Starting with kites, they constantly tested new ideas and made adjustments, learning from both their successes and failures along the way.
Langley Makes A Big Splash
Meanwhile, as Langley’s “Great Aerodrome” crashed repeatedly into the Potomac River, he blamed everyone around him and made excuses, but never once considered that his great design was flawed from the start. The Wrights, however, never smug or satisfied, won the day. If only today’s weight loss experts took a page out of the Wright brothers’ book, you would not have to be reading this now. No use crying over spilled milk, let’s carry on.
Tinkering Your Way to Weight Loss Success
What’s needed to finally solve your weight loss problem once and for all is not another NGT but a concentrated, long term commitment to tinkering until the unique mix of mental, physical and spiritual problems that have you unable to maintain a healthy and satisfying weight are solved.
Sure there are general principles like, “Don’t eat a box of Twinkies,” (if you have a stash) but that type of knowledge becomes less and less useful as you get into the nitty gritty of undoing years of individual habits, beliefs, and actions. What is required are the old fashioned virtues of patience, humility, delayed gratification, hard work and faith.
Hard Work is Definitely Not Sexy
Hard work is what I’m offering. It’s not sexy, but it’s the only real solution. Anybody who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something that costs way more than it should. Samuel Peirpont Langley spent $75,000, a huge sum in those days, only to fail. The Wright’s spent only a small fraction of that, about $1,000 in four years at Kitty Hawk, and changed the world.
Introducing Kung Fu* Weight Loss
Kung Fu Weight Loss is based on the belief that if you knew how lose weight and keep it off you would have done so already. We start small, just like the Wright Brothers did with kites. Then, week by week, discover and remove the barriers that stand in the way of a healthy weight.
Here are some of the barriers to weight loss we will be address in Kung Fu Weight Loss with acupuncture, lifestyle changes and and a few targeted supplements.
✓ Gut health
✓ Blood Sugar
✓ Blood Vessel Calcification
✓ Blood Lipids
✓ Mental Clarity
✓ Emotional Balance
Ready to take action? The next step is to click the button below and I’ll contact you to set up a time to explain the details of the Kung Fu Weight Loss Program.
*Kung fu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. Quite often, kung fu is used in the West to refer to Chinese martial arts, also known as Wushu. For our purposes, we are interested in its original meaning. Kung fu can refer to any skill achieved through hard work and practice, not just martial arts. In Chinese, Kung fu is a compound of two words: Kung - meaning "accomplishment", "achievement," and fu - meaning "person." So you could roughly translate Kung Fu Weight Loss as achieving mastery of your weight and by extension, your health too.