Is There Really Any Weight Loss New “News”?

Is there really any new news about weight loss? When your as old as I am (fairly old) and you’ve been dieting your whole life on almost any diet that comes along, you still end up looking for that one new weight loss secret. While I realize weight loss is a super lucrative business to be in, I get tired of reading the same old tips, the same old advice (even if it does work. LOL). “Diet and exercise, diet and exercise.” Blah, blah, blah. LOL.

So when I see new things in the news about weight loss, I feel the need to share it since I don’t think a lot of it gets it’s share of media attention, unless of course you’re taking the weight loss miracle drug like Meridia.  If you haven’t heard the latest, I think it’s funnier than heck that they did studies to show Meridia improved risks to the heart, and it actually proved the opposite. Now the FDA is looking into it. I have one question. Why weren’t these studies done before they started giving it to everyone who could pay for it?

On a “I’m so confused” note, they are doing gastric surgery on morbidly obese teens now. I’ve always thought gastric surgery was like a “last resort” type thing and that it was actually pretty dangerous. Now they’re doing it to our teens instead of the parents doing they’re jobs and teaching kids about proper nutrition. On the other hand, studies show that it has improved their health substantially. So, what are you gonna do? Supposedly the improved health by the substantial weight loss outweighs the risks. Since morbid obesity is so dangerous to health and I would hate to see any child die as a result of it, I suppose if it was one of my children I’d probably look into it. I want to know why no one seems to have linked the fact that we no longer require PE in most of high school and teen obesity is on the rise. Oh yeah. Nobody makes money if every one exercises and learned proper nutrition in health class. LOL.

We all get it that no one diet works for everyone. No matter how good WeightWatchers has been to me, or how much I loved the Whipped Cream and Martini diet, it may not work with you. According to ScienceDaily, researchers have been studying the different diets vs. different genes and may soon be able to tell us from a simple blood test which diet would be most effective for us based on our gene make-up. I think that would be pretty cool. No more frustration going through 20 different diets trying to find one that actually works. Just take a blood test, get on the right type of diet, and zip…weight loss. Of course you still have to stick to the diet, but I still think it’s pretty cool news.

And now on the side of “medicine that contradicts itself once again”. Another new diet has hit the scene and teaches just the opposite of what we always thought about weight loss. Everybody says “if you starve yourself or cut way back on certain fats, your body will actually hoard fatstores and you gain weight“. That’s why “those in the know” are now touting eating more and losing weight, but this is totally different.

From the LemonDrop.com in the UK, the idea behind the Alternative-Day Diet is, as it sounds. There’s no calorie counting or meal plans. Dieters must simply eat a small amount one day (up to 50 per cent of your normal intake) and the next eat whatever you like.

As unlikely as it sounds, apparently a “skinny” gene is triggered by the feast to famine scenario and encourages the body to burn fat. It was Dr Mark Mattson, an America neuroscientist, who first made the breakthrough in 2003, when he discovered that rats on a low calorie diet experienced no ill effects when eating normally every other day. Now Krista Varady, an assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois, has published the results of a ten-week trial involving 16 patients, all weighing over 14 stones (however much that is in pounds. Evidently quite a bit).

By eating 20 per cent of their normal intake one day and a regular healthy diet the next, they each lost between 10lb and 30lb. Dr James Johnson, author of The Alternate-Day Diet, has been using the method for five years. He told the Daily Mail: “I’ve always been a bit overweight. When I first started, I lost 35lb in 11 weeks.

This would back up the theory I had read years ago that if you get stuck on a plateau while on WeightWatchers, take a day or two  off and eat what ever you want. Then when you went back on the diet your metabolism would get a new kickstart.

That’s about all I have for you today.  Hope everyone’s getting plenty of exercise running store to store. You are parking far away aren’t you?

Real Drugs In Weight Loss Products?

If I had known that I probably would have tried a few. Damn! I’m always the last to know. LOL. Just kidding. This is actually sad and very dangerous.

We are all looking for that “Be a SkinnyBitch When You Wake Up Tomorrow” formula. It would be so much easier than having to actually follow the rules and eat right and exercise. This could be life threatening.

I guess late last year the FDA issued a warning about over the counter weight loss products having “unmentioned” prescription drugs in them. At that time there were 28 different brands. Now they have reissued a warning and the number of weight loss products with illegal drugs in them has jumped to 72. I hate to even think what could happen to someone who is already on some kind of medication from their doctor and then take some of this stuff without knowing what it contains. 

What I can’t understand once again, is how is this happening and why can’t the FDA stop it at it’s source? How has it jumped from 28 products a few months ago and 72 products now? Why has it not been all over the news about massive recalls? I hadn’t seen anything about this anywhere, nothing like with the food recalls, yet millions of people are taking these things thinking they’re relatively safe.

To visit the FDA  recall page for weight loss products, just click here. I guess for me it’s back to the veggies and the treadmill. LOL

Another “Miracle Drug”…

I don’t know how familiar you are with “Alli”, the wonder drug for dieters that came out a year or two ago? Everyone was so excited for this drug to hit the shelves. Then came the stories of anal leakage, etc. It still boiled down to watching what you ate and exercise. When you look at the stats on how much Alli really helped people lose, they’re really not very impressive. I can lose more faster using the herbal supplements I have and not put up with bad side effects.

This morning I read about a new drug trying to make it’s way into the US. Not only is it supposed to be another “Weightloss Miracle” drug, but also a smoking cessation drug that keeps you from gaining weight when you quit. The name of the drug is “Rimonabant”. The manufacturer who currently sells the drug in the UK applied to the FDA a couple of years ago, but the FDA said their studies of the side effects of this drug were inconclusive. When they couldn’t make it into the US as a weightloss drug, they tried as a smoking cessation drug. Thank God that didn’t work either.

Now in the UK it comes out that they are having a second look at Rimonabant. It appears that not only does it raise lipids (cholesterol and  triglyceride levels), but it turns out it causes deep depression and is being linked to suicide in its users. And, the bottom line is, you still have to watch your diet and exercise! The depression affects 1 in 10 patients. That’s pretty often. In fact depression was great enough in a number of participants, they dropped out of the study.

What is super scary to me is if you google “rimonabant” you get a ton of ads to buy it without a prescription online under it’s generic name Acomplia. They’re saying it’s the safest weightloss wonder pill. No doctor, no supervision. The one site I went to says you can read what people have to say about it, but they have the comments turned off and just a bunch of entries trying to sell it.

I, as much as anyone else, would love to have a magic pill to take the weight off. Get real My Dears. It’s not here yet and trust me, “Big Pharma” doesn’t give a damn about who they hurt on their way to the big bucks they earn from someone’s misery. What ever you decide to do besides changing to a healthier lifestyle, make sure you do your research and get all the facts. Many times I have asked the question “Why would I want to take a cure that is worse than the disease?”