Why You Can't Life-Hack Your Way to Losing Weight
Why do so many of us fall for the quick-fixes and dieting fads to lose weight, which only leave us disappointed and a little poorer?
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Everyone wants to lose weight without giving up the foods they love or exercising. Heck, I want to lose weight without putting in the effort everyday, but I know my body isn’t magical. So, why do so many of us fall for the quick-fixes Dr. Oz feeds us or click on the baiting YouTube videos with titles “How to lose weight FAST”?
Don’t confuse efficiency for not having to do the work.
We live in an age of life-hacking. We want to get more done in less time, get to our destination faster, and become our best selves sooner. The problem is, when it comes to losing weight, there’s a big difference between doing something more efficiently and not putting in the work. When we watch someone we see as a dieting expert make claims that we can make our journey to getting fit more efficient by trying to replace work with no work, that isn’t a method you should believe in. I mean, you wouldn’t accept a solution suggesting that you can get to work faster by not starting up your car, right? There needs to be some effort involved.
We’re put-off by the awful truth.
When it comes down to it, losing weight is a constant effort. "Diet" actually comes from the Latin, diaeta, meaning "way of life." We often approach diets with the thought that once we lose weight, we can go back to doing what we did before. The truth is dieting is about making a lifestyle change—it’s about finding a healthy regimen and sticking with it. It’s why so many people opt for the quick-fix. They aren’t ready to take that leap and make such a huge change.
Confusion about how weight loss works.
"Any diet that's promoting more than a one- or two-pound weight loss a week, most of that's going to be fluid," Martha McKittrick, RD, a dietician at the New York Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center, told WebMD. "It's almost impossible, unless you weigh like 500 pounds, to lose more than one or two pounds a week of fat."
If you want more reasons why dieting shortcuts don't work, as well as a guaranteed way to lose weight, I would suggest watching this video from the PictureFit YouTube channel:
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
Civil discourse has fallen to an all time low.
The question that the American populace needs to ask itself now is: how do we fix it?
Discursive fundamentals need to be taught to preserve free expression
In their findings the authors state:
upholding First Amendment ideals.
Talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner
- Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.
- Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.
- Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.
- Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial
- Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.
- Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.
- Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising,
It's interesting to note the authors found that:
"Tribe membership shows strong reliability in predicting views across different political topics."
Here are some statistics on differing viewpoints according to political party:
- 51% of staunch liberals say it's "morally acceptable" to punch Nazis.
- 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
- 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
- 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
- 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
Here are some guidelines for civic discourse that might come in handy:
- Practice inclusion and listen to who you're speaking to.
Civic discourse in the divisive age
dangerously tribal, fueled by a culture of outrage and taking offense. For the combatants,
the other side can no longer be tolerated, and no price is too high to defeat them.
These tensions are poisoning personal relationships, consuming our politics and
putting our democracy in peril.
Once a country has become tribalized, debates about contested issues from
immigration and trade to economic management, climate change and national security,
become shaped by larger tribal identities. Policy debate gives way to tribal conflicts.
Polarization and tribalism are self-reinforcing and will likely continue to accelerate.
The work of rebuilding our fragmented society needs to start now. It extends from
re-connecting people across the lines of division in local communities all the way to
building a renewed sense of national identity: a bigger story of us."
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