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 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 Goals For Weight Loss

I have to admit, I’m probably not the best at setting goals or keeping them. I know that you stand a much better chance of reaching your goals if you put them down in writing. I also know that you have to be very specific on what it is you want and by when. I know that you have to be realistic or your setting yourself up for failure. 

Tom Venuto from tells the story like this. He says when a client would come to him for personal coaching, he would ask them what they wanted. Usually the answer was they wanted to lose 20 pounds really fast. (Of course, don’t we all?). He said he would immediately take out a hacksaw and act like he was going to cut off a leg or an arm, teasing them all the while that he figured one or the other might actually weigh 25 or more. That was his answer to losing weight really fast.

This is how he says goals should be made.

“What do I want? Tom, I want to lose 20 pounds of body fat in the next 12 weeks. I want to do it slowly, safely and healthfully and then keep it off permanently. I want all the fat around my hips and thighs completely gone and I want a firm flat stomach. I want muscle all over my body while still looking feminine. I’d like to see myself at about 16% body fat and maintain all my muscle or gain a few pounds of lean mass if I can, especially in my arms. This is important to me because I want to set a good example for my kids, I want to be healthy and live to at least 90 and I want my husband to look at me and say, “I love your body, honey,” and I want to be able to *honestly* say back to him, “me too!”

Now that’s a pretty defined goal. LOL. He says it’s specific while at the same time having emotional ties to keep motivated in that direction. He goes on to explain that what we’re really looking for is “fat loss” not weight loss because weight loss includes water, muscle mass, etc. He points out that measuring lean muscle mass is much more important to overall body structure than the number on the scale.

So people, are your goals defined or are they kind of “mushy” (vague). Spell them out specifically and you’ve won half the battle. Now get going on making them happen. Good luck!

Self Esteem and Weight

I just wrote a post on my other blog about self esteem issues when you’re living with a passive aggressive, and it occurred to me how much our weight and body image have to do with our self-esteem. So just for today, LOL, I’m going to take the lazy way out and just refer you over there. I hope you enjoy=)

What’s New In Weight Loss Today?

I always find it fascinating to discover how hard every one is working on becoming the next “latest and greatest” in the weight loss industry.

There’s a new “Anti-Aging Weight Loss Diet” out. I read through it. Most of the tips are the same we’ve heard over and over again, olive oil, fish, drink plenty of water, we all know the routine, except for Adzuki beans. What the heck? I’m a big bean eater, but I have never heard of these. Are they only indigenous to the UK (where this diet was born) or can you get them anywhere? Now this diet is not only supposed to take 10 lbs. off your body, but 10 yrs. off your face to by fighting wrinkles. I’m 53 yrs. old. I could be interested. The article says you can buy them canned at the supermarket. I have never seen 1 can of Adzuki beans. The other specific thing it mentioned that I don’t see very often while going thru these lists of superfoods is Apricots. (Yes, I’ve seen and eaten apricots. LOL) They don’t make these lists specifically very often. They’re usually clumped with “more fruits and veggies” I guess.

The other thing that caught my eye this morning is a new non-surgical weight loss proceedure that a reporter from WCTV TV  reported on. It’s called Transoral Gastroplasty, or Toga. They take flexible instruments and put them down your throat, pull up part of your stomach thru your mouth, staple it, and put it back. The stapling forms a small pouch that makes you feel full. The first American to try it, Carrie Williamson, a 30 yr. old, says she had it done on Wednesday and was back to work on Monday. That’s a pretty darn quick recovery.  The pilot study  said patients lost 40% of body fat within a year. It’s not quite as much as with bypass surgery, but there’s less risk and less complications. I would love almost anything that would lose 40% of my body fat for me. LOL. God knows I’m not doing so hot on my own! I wonder how fat you have to be to have this done? And how much does it cost?

In the mean time I guess I’ll just stick to the good old fashioned diet and exercise. Thought you might like to see another “calories burned” chart. Here you go. It’s actually a pretty cool chart.


*If you’d like to learn more about the Trim Body System you can check it out here.

We Have A New Design

If you’ve been here before, as you can see I’ve changed the design for this blog. I loved the old theme, but with only two columns, it just didn’t have enough room for all the stuff I keep adding. LOL. I’m not happy with this header, but it’s better than the one that came with the theme. The header I wanted was all the wrong colors and looked uuuuugly, so this is better than that. If I find a header I really like, the top of the blog will probably change again. Until then, this will do.

The design has changed, but darn it, I haven’t. LOL. Still trying to lose weight after menopause, still not exercising enough, and still trying new things. So please, stay tuned.

You might notice the new little widget over on the right. It’s a stream of blogs on weightloss. It’s from a new site I found this morning called “The Experience Project“. It’s really a pretty cool site. You can be totally anonymous and write about anything you want. No one ever has to know who you are. People share life’s experiences on all kinds of subjects.

A Poor Excuse Is Better Than No Excuse…

I finally got my sink fixed. It’s had my kitchen hostage for 3 days. I had turned on the disposal to clear it so I could run the (full) dishwasher, and the water in the sink never went away. The BF worked on it the first day. No luck. The BF worked on it all the second day. Can’t cook. Too late to call the plumber, don’t want to pay “after hours” charges. Can’t cook, no clean dishes to eat on or with. Answer. Fast food. Healthy fastfood? Never heard of any. Why waste a perfectly good excuse?

Day 3. BF worked on drain most of the day. Called plumber. Took them less than 30 min. start to finish. Cooked nice, healthy, well-balanced dinner last nite. Excuses all gone. Wish excuses were that easy for no exercise. LOL

Reality 101 and a KickStart To My Exercise

Am I the only one who feels 18 years old on the inside while being old on the outside? Or am I the only one dumb enough to act on it? LOL.

For anyone who doesn’t know, the Aids walk was in San Francisco yesterday. My oldest daughter Tania has raised donations and walked in it for the last 11 yrs. Trust me, raising money for this still very controversial issue is not easy. (It’s not too late to donate )

Every year she usually manages to get someone to walk with her. I forgot all about it being yesterday and when she called yesterday morning I could tell she was calling from the car, but I thought she was on her way to work. She mentioned the Aids Walk and that she was walking alone. I very stupidly say “Why didn’t you tell me? I tell you every year I would walk with you.”

Next thing I hear is “Great. I’m only in Salinas right now. I’ll swing by and pick you up!” I could not get out the excuses fast enough. Next thing I know she’s here.

Now, I have not been working in the bar or getting any other kind of exercise for over a year (which explains why my ass has grown to twice it’s normal size) and I think I am going to go walk this 10k’er. (Six miles). I must have either still been high from the couple of glasses of wine the night before or traveling under the terrible misconception that I was still in decent shape. LOL.

I made it 4 miles. I might have made it the whole six, but Tania led me to believe we only had  about a mile to go when the sideline cheerleaders hollared out there was still 2.2. That was it. My feet and legs rebelled and would not move another inch until there was a shuttlebus in sight. Thank God they have those for those of us who would otherwise have to be carried out of Golden Gate Park. By the time I was home for an hour, I could not hardly move. You would have thought I was 190. Talk about a reality check. I didn’t have any business doing a “k” anything!

So, in preparation for next year, today is kicking off my “couch to 5k exercise program”. It’s a great training program online for the San Jose 5k they have in October. As long as I got a kick start yesterday, I might as well keep it up. After all, at least I lived long enough to talk about it! (wasn’t expected. LOL)