Why Diets Don’t Work. Part 1 by Tony DeFrancisco


Dieting has become almost a national pastime. Talk to anyone at any given time and they will tell you they are on or going on a diet. Look at any women’s magazine. You will see articles on the most popular diet of the day. Turn on tv and more ads on weight loss and diets. It goes on and on.

I am sure everyone understands that being overweight, aside from being unsightly is extremely unhealthy. Every excess pound of fat requires 4,000 feet of blood vessels to nourish. It has been determined that we will die 6 months to a 1 year sooner for every excess pound of weight.

Indeed. Excess body fat is one of the most challenging  health conditions of our day.  Although no one wants to be overweight, only 5% of obese individuals  are ever able to attain and maintain “normal” body weight.

Recent estimates show that at least  50% of the adult population is clinically overweight—and the number of obese children has doubled in the last 36 years with no sign of slowing down.  As a result more than 50 million Americans can be found dieting . But the wisdom of so called dieting  has come into question. Studies at weight loss centers in medical clinics show that most people almost always regain the weight they lose

Researchers have found “yo-yo” dieting may be as bad for you as too much weight in the first place. It is also well documented that being overweight catalyzes the degenerative diseases of aging and shortens an otherwise healthy lifespan. With data like this, it is no wonder why so many Americans are frustrated, discouraged and literally sick from diet failure.

Medical research has discovered the primary factors that are responsible for excessive fat gain and the inability to lose those stored pounds of excess fat. And now there is a weight loss program, scientifically designed that helps your body to shed even those hard to lose pounds once and for all.


Excessive fatness often begins early in childhood. And if this occurs, chances of being constantly overweight in adult life are three time greater compared to children of normal body weight. Simply stated, a child goes not grow out of a obesity problem. Excessive fatness also develops slowly during the adult years. Middle aged men and women invariably weigh more than their college  aged counterparts of the same height. In the western world the average 35 year old gains between 0.2 and 0.8. kg of fat each year despite a progressive decrease in food. From age 25 to 35 the average man’s waistline increases 6 inches.

Many experts seem to agree on a new viewpoint on obesity. Until recently, the major cause of being chronically overweight was believed to be over eating. If this were the case, however,  excessive body fat could easily be eliminated as a major debilitator of health just by cutting back on portions of food. But this is not the case. There are obviously other factors at work such as genetic code, environmental  challenges and social influences.

Research has isolated some key factors which significantly contribute to being overweight. They are “set point ”  problems, hyperinsulin secretion, defective brown fat thermogensis and toxic body  and bowel conditions. It is important to remember that these factors overlap and interact with each other along with other factors which contribute to someone being excessively overweight.

These problems are as follows:

*Set Point Problems–Research with humans has found that each person has a programmed “set point” This set point works much like a thermostat in your home to maintain constant temperature. But in this case, fat, not temperature, is regulated. It has been postulated that individual fat cells control this set point: when the fat cells become smaller, it sends a message to the brain to eat. Since obese and overweight individuals often have more and larger fat cells, the result is an overpowering urge to eat.  This explains why most diets  don’t work. While the over weight individual can fight off the impulse for a time, eventually the signal becomes too strong to ignore. The result is “rebound overeating,” often exceeding the individuals previous weight. In addition, his or her set point becomes established at an even higher level – making it even more difficult to lose weight.

*Defective Thermogensis-when you attempt to diet, your body works against you by slowing your metabolic rate so you store more of the food you are eating as fat than you would if you were not restricting your caloric intake.

This is part of a built in program that protects people from starvation if food supplies become scarce. This is one reason why, when you go “off” a diet, you quickly accumulate more fat because the body is programmed to think another diet might strike at any time.  So your  set point “signals” your body to eat.

When you eat, three things can happen to your food calories:

1)They can supply you with the your body’s energy needs;

2) They can be stored away as “white” fat; or

3) They can be burned up by special cells of the body known as brown fat.

This latter process is called “thermogensis”  which means “the generation of heat” To increase body temperature, the cells have to burn calories to make heat. And the major fuel for generating heat is fat. Thermogensis is a normal physiological process that serves two functions:

1) To prevent fats consumed at meals  from being stored as “white” fat

2) To burn stored calories  acquired from stored white fat

The result: You lose weight. But more importantly, the weight you lose will be fat. On most diets, weight lost is typically lean tissue and water.

Unfortunately, aging, obesity and poor genetics can impair your thermogenic capacities. Your “sudden” weight gain–and your difficulty for losing weight–may be the result of your shut down of the brown fat thermogenic mechanism. So, no matter, what you do, the weight remains or increases.

*Toxic Body and Bowel Conditions–Many studies show that the bowels produce poisons which are carried to other regions of the body and cause a variety of problems including excess weight and difficulty in weight loss. A toxic body produces endotoxins, which play a role in damaging the liver and makes losing fat even more difficult. A key cause of a toxic bowel is the normal American diet of high fat, low fiber, refined “junk” foods and simple sugars. The typical American consumes only a fraction of the required fibers for a healthy colon and the resultant ability to eliminate body waste. Plus, our gastro intestinal tract may harbor a wide assortment of pathogenic microorganisms, which include various parasites and yeasts.

Candida Albicans, for example, is a common, yeast like fungus found inside and outside all living things. It is present on skin surfaces and covers the internal mucosal surfaces  of the entire alimentary tract. Candida is also found in women’s vaginas and in the blood of most people regardless of gender. When Candida yeast cells are rapidly killed off by the immune system or    drug treatment, a “die off” (or Herxheimer) reaction occurs.

Dying yeasts release a massive amount of toxic proteins that cross cell membranes, enter the bloodstream, and trigger intense irritations and discomfort. Yeast survives by eating sugars. As a result, the discomfort due to this die-off reaction may cause an infected individual to overeat  sugars and refined carbohydrates to nourish yeast and stop the Candida die-off reaction. As mentioned before, the consumption of pancreatic insulin that pushed fat into cells thereby causing weight gain and preventing the cells from shrinking.

The liver which is the largest organ in the body, is responsible for turning many toxic materials into non toxic, usable substances. But our liver can also become damaged by the very toxins it is designed to break down. Research has shown that liver functions are  disturbed in many overweight individuals. A damaged liver prevents the conversion of thyroid gland hormones (master regulators of metabolic rate) into their active form. These hormones are required to activate muscles and brown fat thermogenesis in order to burn up calories. , lose storedfat and to prevent gaining excess fat .


A breakthrough program overcoming the primary factors that cause you to gain weight. A successful program for  losing excessive body fat is consistent with the basic tenets of holistic health and counteracts each of the previously discussed primary factors which are responsible which are responsible for being overweight. All components are critical and interrated, creating a system where no single component is more important than another. Improvement is one facet that may be enough to result  in some positive changes, but impacting all three yields the greatest weight loss results.

This system is a synergy of four powerful products that includes and exclusive fat burning menu using real foods. It includes the use of sugar free gelatin, a well designed assortment of food flavorings, liquids, a variety of meat, fish and poultry, fruits, salad materials and thermic vegetables. Thermic vegetables are those that promote rapid weight loss because they consume more calories than they contain.


Tony DeFrancisco  is a weight control consultant and wellness coach. He has been involved in physical culture, fitness, health and bodybuilding since 1964. He has helped over 1,000 people lose weight and improve their health since 1976.   He can be reached attonydefrancisco@yahoo.com (407) 678-7235  

Visit his website: http://superfitness.firstfitness.com/index.php?pg=weight_loss


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