I am often frustrated with all references in the media, popular culture, or personal conversation to metabolism. Most people refer to metabolism in an amorphous way as if it is a magical force that, if properly manipulated, will determine the course of one’s weight loss journey. It’s some energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. Wait, that’s the force as described by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Regardless most people’s concept of metabolism is just as fantastical and fictional. Continue reading
Full disclosure: I’m a Coke Zero guy. I drink one every day with lunch and am thus biased to some extent. I don’t get money from the industry – although I wouldn’t turn it down (in case the people at Coke are reading this). Even with my biases I think my assessment of the science on the connections between diet soft drinks and weight gain were accurate. It was clear that there was an association between drinking more and weighing more but it was far from clear the Diet Soda was causing weight gain. Overweight people drink more diet soft drinks for clear reasons. They also wear more extra large clothing but that doesn’t mean Joe’s Big and Tall Clothiers causes obesity.
I was sitting in the nurses station at the hospital yesterday when I overheard the telemetry tech talking with one of the nurses about her weight loss plans. My ears perked up and I eavesdropped on their conversation. Perhaps this wasn’t the polite thing to do but considering this weight loss education hobby of mine I let my curiosity win the day. Continue reading
I feel it may be somewhat pretentious to do so, but I apologize for not posting so frequently over the past several months. The apology would be under the somewhat pretentious assumption that if I don’t post frequently it creates a void in your life. Regardless, I like the feel of an inflated sense of self-importance so please accept my apology. Hopefully the ensuing information will be of benefit and will make up for your loss.
I have often been disappointed with the scale as a measure of success in weight loss. Body weight can fluctuate to surprising levels from week to week, day to day, and even hour to hour. Continue reading
I have heard that Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I’m not sure if he actually said this but I don’t care because he’s famous and the statement is the most certainly true. It is so true that whenever I repeat it to someone they will invariably nod and chuckle in affirmation. Generally people only nod and chuckle in affirmation to things that are really, really true. In spite of the fact that it’s really, really true and that everyone knows that it’s true, when it comes to many people’s attempts at weight loss they seemed to forget that it’s true. Continue reading
Knowledge is power. Or at least that’s what people say. This adage falls into the category of pithy statements that make people nod knowingly as they soak in the profundity of the wisdom until, after a few more moments of thought, they realize they have no idea what it means. What knowledge? What power? It is like so many things in our superficial age; it sounds good until you think about it for more than a few seconds. While I am unable to delve into the philosophical merits or demerits of the statement I think I can provide insight into how this statement is a profound truth with respect to successful weight loss.
We’re now into 2016, the ball has dropped,the hangover has worn off, and unfortunately, reality has returned. If you’re like many, part of the nog-induced pre-New Years delirium included lofty plans to start exercising and changing your diet. Not right away, I mean the holidays were coming and who can be expected to diet and exercise during the holidays? Let’s get real people! So that was your bargain. You bought an unfettered holiday eating season on credit and it’s time to pay the piper. Continue reading