It's easy for someone like myself who has never had (so far anyway) a problem keeping the pounds off.  In fact, I suppose I've been blessed with a body that seems to slough off extra weight like water off a ducks back.  At least that was the case before I turned middle age.  I could eat almost anything in almost any amount and my weight would still be the same the next day and the next week.


I do know people who have struggled with their weight.  And it is distressing to see someone close to you who is also struggling to keep the weight down or to lose weight.  So even though, I am not personally struggling with my own weight, at least I understand how frustrating it can be.


That's part of the reason that I was interested a few years ago in finding out why people almost universally have such a difficult time losing weight and getting rid of fat.  One thing that struck me as obvious was that most "diets" did not work.  But people are desperate to lose weight, and will try almost anything to get rid of it.  And that's why a lot of people still make New Years resolutions to "go on a diet", even though there is mounting evidence that they do not work.


In looking for the answers to why this is the case, that diets don't work and that people struggle so much to lose weight, I discovered some amazing information about how our bodies work and what is really going on in the body when it breaks down food and stores it as fat.  And the greatest key to understanding what is happening, is to realize that your body is an intelligently designed mechanism.  You may think you know what is best for your body, but your body has been doing this a lot longer than you have been around.  You can feed it all the fat-free or sugar-free diet drinks and foods you want, but your body is still going to demand the things that it has always demanded throughout biological history - which is fat and sugar (but the right fat and sugar as we'll see).


The other key to the problem is pollution.  By that I mean especially pollution of our food and water.  I'm not talking about the usual pollutants that we are familiar with, but more about the unnatural chemical ingredients like preservatives and pesticides that are included on or in almost all of the food that we eat anymore.  The problem with these is basically that the body, in its long biological history, is not used to dealing with such chemicals and really does not know what to do with them other than to shunt them off to the nether reaches of our bodies (otherwise known as our tummies, tushes, and other highly noticeable areas) in an attempt to just keep them away from the critical areas of our bodies like our heart and brain.


But probably the most insidious thing that's making it so difficult for most people to lose weight comes from certain seemingly innocent natural ingredients, that because of their unnatural quantity in our food, make them just as bad as the aforementioned chemical pollutants.  Probably the main culprit in this category are the huge quantities of sugar that are thrown into almost everything you can think of on the grocery store shelf.  Particularly problematic is the form of sugar usually innocuously consumed in all fruits - fructose - but when isolated in food processing plants and causes a whole new world of problems for the body and our weight loss campaign.


New research has identified that the problem is that high levels of fructose in our diet basically turns on the fat-storing switch in our body's cells - just as if the body is gearing up for a long period of hibernation.  That this might be the primary culprit for why most people have such a difficult time losing weight is actually quite exciting news.  And that's because, if it is the case that consuming high levels of "bad" (highly processed and isolated) sugars is the biggest factor in making us fat, then the other things that we've been told ad nauseum cause us not to lose weight - such as inactivity and overeating - are NOT the main problem (although moderation in eating is obviously still something to be considered).


To see one of the best explanations of what this research is uncovering, try reading the latest book written by Dr. Richard Johnson who explains:


"Those of us who are obese eat more because of a faulty 'switch,' and exercise less because of a low energy state. If you can learn how to control the specific 'switch' located in the powerhouse of each of your cells – the mitochondria – you hold the key to fighting obesity."