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I Keep Saying it, but Maybe Hearing From Someone Else?

Hi everybody! Did you think I fell off  the face of the earth? I know, I did too. Seriously, I moved. I know there are all you 20 somethings out there, moving all the time and still keeping up on your blogs, your kids, and making it all look easy, but I’m not 20 anymore. In fact, this was my first move in almost 20 years! I’ll fill you in on some details at the end- that’s a hint, if you don’t care, don’t finish the article. But in the meantime, I have an article to comment on.

Most of what I write about is prompted by articles on the web, both good and bad. This is a good one, it is a first person testimonial by Jason Nixon. “Battling the Insanity of Fad Diets.” He writes about his weight gain, the silly things he tried to do to lose weight. He tried several popular ways to lose weight. He tried a “nutrition counselor” who did have him keep a log, and gave him supplements. I’m not against either of those things, I think a log is the best way to get honest about what you are eating, and supplements can help, but aren’t necessary. Whatever he did with her was not self sustaining, and apparently did not involve exercise. I put “nutrition counselor” in quotes, as the only true nutrition counselors are registered dietitians, which is a 4 year degree or above. I have run into so many self-styled nutrition experts, that don’t have a degree in anything. I have studied nutrition my entire adult life, but I don’t have a degree in it, and don’t pretend to. It is hard work making meal plans. You have to do a lot of math and a lot of planning. Most advice you get is either based on micronutrients or calories. Those will work, and there are a lot of ways to cut corners, but that isn’t true nutrition counseling from a registered dietician.

The next thing he tried was the HCG diet. I have written about that before, see here. I won’t go into the whole rant, but we eat food for a reason. It is what our bodies are made of. The molecules get broken down by enzymes, shipped all over our body and used as fuel or as building material. Starvation is something people have worked very hard to avoid. All you paleo people out there, there’s a reason we all went to agriculture. Starvation is bad. HCG makes it possible for you to starve yourself. Which brings me to my next rant, not eating will always make you lose weight. I don’t want to hear lower set points, starvation mode, etc. There were no fat concentration camp victims. If I lock you up and don’t feed you, you will lose weight. HOWEVER, this is NOT the correct way to lose weight in a world where you aren’t locked up and have choices. Not to mention what I just said about eating for a reason. It isn’t all about weight loss, it’s about health.

*Whew*. Sorry about that. My mother was anorexic, I get passionate about HEALTHY weight loss. Back to topic. So after yo-yoing around, Jason went to the gym and lost the weight the right way. Before you start whining “but I don’t like to exercise, can’t I just eat less?” Yes, you can. See the last paragraph. There are plenty of skinny desk jockeys. However, if you need to lose weight, you’ve already proven that what you are doing is not working. I always say that it almost impossible to be fat if all you eat is vegetables. Most of us are not going to just eat vegetables. Diet is more important than exercise because you can always out eat your work out. But together, they work magic. The diet takes care of giving you what you need to build that beautiful body, and the exercise builds it.

Beyond the scale, as Jason notes, there is the overall health benefits. Even if you never get your diet to the point where you are a size 8, you can be sooo much healthier. Right now, can you run to the end of your road? Can you lift 45 lbs? Can you walk two miles easily? Are stairs daunting? Those things aren’t simply a function of age. We were visiting the first black schoolhouse in South Carolina, and the woman showing it to us was 73. She walked to a nearby graveyard in hardly more time than it took us to drive it. So don’t blame your age.

my home gym, showing a bowflex, swiss ball and weights

My happy little gym.

All right, here’s my personal update. I went from NY to SC. I now have hills to run, even steeper than before, and warmth and sunshine beyond a few short months. I’m only doing a little private training for the moment, I’d like to associate with a gym shortly, but I had the luxury of not working while I moved, so I took it. We got a house big enough for me to have a really nice home gym, upstairs this time, instead of the basement. I have a big enough yard to garden like mad, which I’m doing. I even planted my greens, although they aren’t doing well. I got a bunch from the neighbor, so I’m enjoying my green oatmeal. I’m really enjoying the weather, even though I miss my friends like crazy. I had a lot of hiking buddies up north, and haven’t made any as of yet. I did join some meet up groups. If you don’t know about meetup.com, it’s a great way to meet people who have like interests.

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We Don’t Need More Surgery, We Need More Lifestyle Change.

I know it doesn’t take much to rile me…

This just frosted my shorts. I saw an ad on tv for i-lipo, promising to lose a dress size in one session or less. I thought, either this is a complete fraud, or they aren’t telling you something. They don’t mention in the ad that it is surgery. I found this on a British site:

What is Laser Lipo?

By WLR’s Site Manager, Laurence Beeken

Laser lipo is a new cosmetic procedure to remove body fat,claimed to be as effective as traditional liposuction without a hospital stay.

The laser lipo suction technique uses lasers to break up fat before its removal from the body, reducing the need for harsh suction. There are two types of laser liposuction, internal and external.

  • External liposuction uses a laser (in the form of a pen or pad) outside the patient’s body before the surgery begins.
  • Internal laser liposuction uses a laser attached to the suction device or the end of a fibre-optic probe which is inserted into the area to be treated.

Remember that surgery is only a short term result to a long term issue. If you want results that last and good health inside as well as out, then start your journey with Weight Loss Resources.

This makes me furious for two reasons.

  1. Having lipo surgery does NOTHING to address the reason you are seeking surgery in the first place. You will immediately begin gaining back whatever they took out if you don’t change your habits. They’ve found out that sometimes you gain it back in weird places, since they take out fat cells, other fat cells get bigger, often in places that one wouldn’t normally think of or see.
  2. This is the bigger reason, and it’s twofold. They poo-poo exercise and diet as the real solution, giving people an excuse to avoid them, depriving them of the multiple benefits of both. The other prong of that is it is focusing on weight alone, but weight is only one aspect of health.

Reason #2 is the why I am so passionate about fitness. I didn’t get into this to lose weight. I got into it because my parents died from heart disease at an early age, neither of whom was fat. Once I got in, I found there was so much to it, and that you can be so much happier with your body once you learn how to use it.

Can weight loss surgery make you more graceful? More balanced? Better coordinated? Can it make you more able to catch yourself if you slip on the ice? Will it address metabolic syndrome? Will it make it easier to pick up your child, or a heavy box? Exercise does so much for you, well beyond weight loss. If you change your diet, you will lose weight too.
We don’t need more false answers, we need to encourage people to find the right ones. Rather than come up with another surgery or pill, lets come up with more new ways to make exercise fun, or more ways to put more activity into our daily lives.
 

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