Another New Year Still Fat…

Here we are moving now into 2011, another new year and I’m still fat, which accounts for why this blog has been so neglected. One thing I did accomplish last year that I hope to carry into the new year, is I actually have exercised. I will be moving this year and rebuilding a home, so I already am thinking that will be quite a bit of exercise in itself, but there is a senior center in our new location that is also free to join if you are a resident of the city. Count me in. I really miss my time at the senior center here, but I have been walking 2 miles minimum 3 days a week, plus it’s about a quarter of a mile every time I go visit my mother. Already I am getting more exercise than I’ve had for the last 2 yrs. You would think it would show somewhere. LOL.

I got a new idea for the new year from one of the guru coaches that I follow for New Year’s Resolutions. I thought it was pretty interesting and will be giving it a try. He says to write a paper on 2011 as if it’s already Dec. 31, 2011. Write down all the things you’ve accomplished for the year. This is very close to what another teacher of mine teaches about starting with the end in mind, sort of backward planning. Hey, anything that will help! LOL. I’m tired of carrying around this extra 50 lbs. I’m tired of looking at clothes in a 1 or 2X.

So, I wish you all a Happy New Year and much success as we all try our own thing to bring us to better health and a sexier, new us!

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?

International Bacon Day

Bacon on the hoof

Bacon on the hoof

Obviously, those of us who have had to restrict what we eat (diet), understand that bacon is not diet-friendly unless you’re only counting carbs. It is however one of America’s best loved foods, and evidently so much so someone has decided it to be worthy of it’s own holiday. Sept. 5th was International Bacon Day! It seems appropriate for kicking off a 3-day holiday weekend. For many of us, the regular weekend is all we need to forget the healthy food we ate for breakfast all week long and chow down on bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, toast, maybe pancakes, etc. There goes a week’s worth of pain for a couple pounds of gain. LOL.

When I was researching bacon for this blog post (I rarely eat it tho I love it) I was actually surprised to see it wasn’t worse than it was calorie-wise. I would like to thank the good people at FatSecret.com for all the great information below. Look below the nutritional info for another “fun” site concerning America’s obsession with bacon.

Popular Serving Sizes of Bacon

Fat(g) Carbs(g) Prot(g)
Calories
1 thin slice 2.09 0.07 1.85 27
1 medium slice 3.34 0.11 2.96 43
1 thick slice 5.01 0.17 4.44 65
1 oz 11.70 0.40 10.37 151
1 cup pieces 33.42 1.14 29.63 433

Other Popular Types of Bacon

Fat(g) Carbs(g) Prot(g)
Calories

Canadian Bacon

1 slice 1.94 0.31 5.58 43
1 slice grilled 1.98 0.32 5.70 43
1 oz 2.36 0.38 6.79 52

Cured Bacon

1 medium slice 10.21 0.15 2.63 104
1 thick slice 17.12 0.25 4.41 174
1 oz 12.77 0.19 3.29 130

Cooking Variations (1 slice serving)

Baked Bacon 3.50 0.11 2.89 44
Broiled or Roasted Bacon 3.34 0.11 2.96 43
Microwaved Bacon 2.80 0.08 2.90 38
Pan-Fried Bacon 3.18 0.12 3.03 42

Other Common Suggestions

Fat(g) Carbs(g) Prot(g)
Calories
1 slice Lower Sodium Smoked or Cured Bacon 3.34 0.11 2.96 43
1 tbsp Real Bacon Bits 1.50 3.00 25
1 tsp Bacon Grease 4.28 39
1 oz Bacon Fat 28.21 0.02 255

And now for the fun stuff I was telling you about. To celebrate International Bacon Day, BaltimorMetroMix.com did a photo essay on the “Sixteen Degrees of Craving Bacon”. This is very interesting. Enjoy =)

I Knew Alli Was Too Good To Be True!

Well, that’s not completely honest. I just knew I wasn’t going to try it because the warning about “anal leakage” scares the hell out of me. LOL.

I’m sure anyone in the diet world has heard the news that broke yesterday (I think). They’re saying Alli may cause liver damage. According to the newswires, regulators are assessing at least 32 reports of liver problems between 1999 and 2008 in patients taking the weight-loss drug orlistat (I wonder if that’s the same fake fat they use to make a lot of foods fat-free? No, that’s orlean. Is it the same? I’ll have to look that up).  It is sold as a prescription drug Xenical, and more recently, as an over-the-counter medication called Alli. The prescription is twice as strong as the over-the-counter drug.

Of the 32 reports of liver problems the FDA has in hand, 27 patients were hospitalized and six suffed liver failure. In an “early communication” of a drug safety review, the FDA said it will also review additional data on “suspected cases of liver injury” submitted by drug firms that make and market orlistat in its branded and generic forms. Now to me, this is kind of like putting the fox in the hen house. Do they really think the firms that make this stuff are going to be honest about reporting the negatives? You’ve got to be kidding me! Glaxo reported $123 million in sales for alli last year, while Roche posted $472 million in revenue for Xenical.

Dr. Steven Osborne, executive director of the FDA’s drug safety oversight board, called the issues surrounding orlistat’s safety “complex” and stressed that “no definite association between liver injury and orlistat has been established at this time.” He noted that 30 of the 32 reports of liver damage already received by the FDA come from outside the United States. Personally I don’t know why that would make a difference. Are they using a different formula outside of the U.S? or are they getting more honest reports from outside the U.S.? He also says people taking this drug should keep taking it. That’s our FDA watching out for us alright.

The symptoms that could point to liver injury, include jaundice, fatigue, or brown urine, should consult a healthcare professional. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, itching, or loss of appetite (I thought loss of apetite was what it was supposed to do) also may be symptoms of liver damage. Physicians, as well as
consumers taking orlistat and experiencing such symptoms, can make an online report to the FDA’s Medwatch Adverse Events Reporting system, or call (800) FDA-1088.

A spokeswoman for GlaxoSmithKline said there is no evidence the company’s drug causes liver injury, noting that it primarily acts on the intestinal tract. She said alli’s safety has been studied in more 30,000 patients enrolled in 100 clinical studies. Of course didn’t the makers of Redux and Phen-Phen said until the evidence was so insurmountable they couldn’t ignore it any more?

What I’ve Learned While Tracking My Food

These are the things I’ve been learning while tracking my nutrition of the last couple of weeks.

  1. Things aren’t quite so fattening if you only eat half.
  2. Even Chinese fast-food isn’t my friend.
  3. The place I’m staying uses whole milk and full fat cream cheese.
  4. I can save over 300 calories by cutting the bagel and cream cheese from breakfast.
  5. I may need to cut down from 1500 to 1200 calories a day.

When Diet and Exercise Go A Bit Too Far

Madonna Now

Madonna Now

I’m not a big one for following celebrities or pop-culture. I rarely pay attention unless something really special happens and it hits the regular news vs. a magazine or one of those channels like TMZ. I hadn’t really heard much about Madonna since she adopted her last child and I guess I thought she was just a lot less active, kind of grew up and into Mamahood. It turns out I just don’t read the right stuff.

Something that caught my attention this morning though is all the hub-bub on whether she’s healthy or not. As I dug into the story, I was really taken aback by the picture of her. My God, and some people (men) think this is beautiful. Her trainer says she “looks like a 19 year old”. I’ll tell you what, if one of my daughters looked like this I would be taking them to the closest shrink. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Which leads me to the next question. How does she hold onto a 22 year old boyfriend looking like that? I remember when she looked voluptuous, and make up takes care of the rest, but this? She’s over 50 and this looks like going on 90. He must be in it for the money.

I know that a there are a lot of body-building women that would give Atlas a run for his money, but personally I’ve never found that attractive. They end up with no boobs, a body hard as rock, how does someone enjoy cuddling up to that?

I guess this is the flip side of being fat. I don’t find that attractive either, and I guess I would be a poster child for what not to do to keep fit and healthy. I’m glad to know there’s a happy medium for us regular folks. Maybe I’m just a little jealous. I would love to be in the position that people actually told me I needed to gain some weight. LOL

Weight-Loss Tidbits For Friday-

Just want to make sure everyone saw the recall of 4 weight loss supplements sold by Young You Corp, according to the LA Times. These are known as Slimbionic, One Weight Loss Pill 30, SlimDemand and Botanical Weight Loss. Evidently they were basically only sold on the company’s two websites and in their store in Tarzana, California.

Young You Corp. contained the drug ingredient sibutramine. While the drug is approved by the FDA, it is not supposed to be in over the counter supplements, and it wasn’t listed on the product labels. Of course the Executive Director of the company says he knew nothing about this, that the manufacturer (who is in China) did this all on their own.

In another little noteworthy news item according to the LA Times again, a couple of researchers at the Indiana University have manipulated 2 hormones into one synthetic hormone. One single shot have produced a 25% decrease in body weight and a 42% decrease in fat mass in just one week. I can’t wait until that one hits the market! LOL.

Evidently the magazine OK! is having financial problems. Apparently it’s bad enough that they’re reportedly using a picture of Jessica Simpson taken and used in 2007 as the cover for their August 2009 issue. There probably wouldn’t be much wrong with that except that it’s pretty deceitful, misleading, etc. Oh well, what do I care? I don’t read it, except it’s one more example of untrue media.

On another note, a young dieter from the Wisconsin Weightloss Examiner writes an article about using vinegar in weight loss efforts might work. What I found amusing is that she is quite young and writes about this as if it’s something new. Any of us “old timers” not already know about vinegar and weight loss? I didn’t think so.

I don’t know if anyone remembers hearing about the new discovery of “brown fat” in the body and how it’s supposed to burn calories faster than regular fat, but they have now discovered a way to make the body produce brown fat and are experimenting with that. To me, white fat is ugly, but imagining a big pile of brown fat, yuck! Yet, if it works don’t let me stand in the way of science.

I think that’s enough to think about for a Friday. Can everybody say “Casual Friday”? LOL