So many people seem to blame being overweight on a factor outside of their control. It's in their genes, it's hormonal, it's their metabolism. It can't be their diet, they eat wholemeal bread with margarine, cereal with skimmed milk and a low fat meals every day!
Articles like this one in the Daily Mail (my guilty pleasure) further fuel this lack of responsibility.
The article explains how it might not, in fact, be your fault that you are fat. What a relief!
Apparently you might really be fat because you have a slow metabolism – which is made even worse by strict dieting.
Or, you might really be fat as a side effect from your medication. Diabetes medication is listed as one potential drug with a side effect of weight gain. But surely people commonly put weight on – and are then diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Anti-depressants are another drug, they tell us, that can have a side effect of weight gain. But given the links with depression & inflammation – and diet, isn't this the wrong way round too?
The wrong type of exercise is another reason it is just not working for you, apparently. If only you'd swapped from crossfit to zumba!
“Painful Fat Syndrome” could also be your real problem. The mind boggles…
Thyroid problems, hormone issues, polycystic ovary syndrome are other potential causes.
Or it could be genetic – or failing that, it might be your friends fault. Seriously.
Food intolerance does get a mention, but eliminate wheat, milk or eggs and you should be fine.
Nope, it's nothing to do with nutrition & lifestyle. Take a magic pill and carry on as you were.