Think for a minute. Did you have any "control" over how many pounds you "gained" over the years...10, 20, 40, 100, or more?. If you're like everyone, here, that probably sounds like a really stupid question. Of course you didn't jump start your weight "gain" program. It just happened over time.
So, then, what makes you think you can "control" weight loss?
Your body determines how much weight you carry. It's like water in a pond. Weight "settles". It's an equilibrium point. The settling point is determined by your state of health. When in good health, your vital organs and physiology is capable of removing metabolic waste products at a fast enough pace to maintain good fitness and normal weight. But, the aging process begins to kick in late 20's and, as you grow older, those key systems begin to lose efficiency...
You see where I'm going with this? Your state of health degraded based on normal aging coupled with unhealthy & toxic lifestyle habits (lack of exercise, lack of water, poor posture, not enough sleep, unnecessary antibiotics, vaccinations and pills and, of course, poor diet. This caused a shift in "equilibrium" and weight increase resulted.
So, now, you want to "lose" weight, right? Do you see how ridiculous a goal that is? How? By cleansing? Is that going to restore your health, is that what you think? By "detoxing"? What proven studies show that this procedures work? If 2/3s of the adult population in this country is willing to pay $boo-koo for a quick fix, why isn't everybody "cleansing" and "detoxing"? What are they waiting for?
I just want to point out the reason why there is no proven process for weight loss. I just want to point out why there will never be a pill invented that will allow you to shed pounds, permanently. I just want to point out why 90% of the people that try to lose weight, fail! You have no more ability to lose weight than pigs can fly. The goal of weight loss is not something you control anymore than you control weight gain.
The only thing you can do is live a healthy lifestyle. That will slowly shift the settling point in your weight, little by little. It's slow at the beginning (like overcoming inertia) but once you gain some momentum, the weight will shed fast. Do you believe you can run (two miles) faster than you could 20 years ago? I can. Wouldn't that be an indication of health reversal? And, guess what? I weigh less, now, than I did 20 years ago. And, I don't need any drugs to maintain normal blood glucose levels, now, either (another "equilibrium" point just like blood pressure).
The issue is not whether you believe what I say is true. The issue is simple. Why are you, here, and are you gonna do the same things you've done in the past...and expect different results, this time? Or, are you gonna try to control something that's actually controllable?View Thread
Consider. Why is it that anorexia is widely acknowledged as a "psychological/mental health" disorder but obesity is widely acknowledged as not (a psychological disorder)?
Remember when Tom Cruise made the statement, years ago, about Brooke Shields and her experience with post-partem depression, saying "When someone says drugs helped them, it's to cope...(drugs) it doesn't cure anything." Remember, how everyone, women especially, attacked and mocked Tom and made him a laughing stock? Tell me. Do you think anti-depressants help cure or do you think it just suppresses (masks) the bad feelings.
My point is simple. Everyone on this board knows that you shouldn't eat french fries smothered in ketchup. Everyone knows that eating subway sandwiches packed with veggies will not make that ridiculous bun and stacks of processed meat any healthier. And, everyone, here, knows that taking a 30 minute walk in the cool of the early evening actually feels wonderful on your face. So, why do the same people always have the same never ending weight problem...year after year after year?
Obesity is a result of poor lifestyle choices. People with weight problems won't/can't change their behavior. So, the only thing they can do, instead, is focus on losing weight.
Taking phentermine (going on diets, getting cleanses and taking supplements) is like covering your car to protect it from birdpoop. Just like excess bodyfat, birdpoop is a "symptom". If you don't like cleaning birdpoop, stop parking under trees.
Tom Cruise was right. Drugs don't cure anything. Changing behavior does.View Thread
What do you think causes bloat? Sure, hormones play a significant role. But, there are other factors in play, too. #1 Exercise; the more you move, the less water you retain. #2 Reduce salt #3 Reduce sugar #4 Reduce caffeine #5 Reduce fatty meats and fried foods #6 Control stress
The body mirrors our lifestyle. You want to change your body? Then, change your lifestyle.View Thread
Set a goal and develop a "process" that will help you to reach that goal. What's your plan on becoming "healthier"? Why would you create a process that includes a step that you can't perform? From where I'm from, we call that "sabotage".View Thread
Is high blood sugar the "cause" of diabetes? Or, is it a "symptom". I've known countless on metformin and insulin. It lowers blood sugar remarkably well...But, they never "improve" and "cure" their diabetes.
Is high prolactin the "cause" of your weight gain? Or, is a "symptom"? Common causes of elevated levels of this hormone? Antidepressants, kidney disease, stress & (oh look) hypothyroidism?
btw, metabolic syndrome is intimately related to both obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. If you're a diabetic and you're on steroids for depression or you have untreated sleep apnea, you can eat "healthy" and exercise till you're blue in the face, you will have problems, regardless.View Thread
As we age, we begin to notice the subtle natural changes that associated with aging. Muscle loss due to changes in hormonal secretions noticeably change our appearance. Changes in our skin and hair are very obvious also quite obvious. We generate new body odors with age and body fat tend to redistribute around the body. All of these chemical changes manifest into new biophysical features, if you will, that may appear strange and unsettling. Why do we so easily accept diminished sight (cataracts) with old age but are alarmed when our taste preferences change? I'm nearly 60 but most of our neighbors think my wife and I are in our mid 40s (despite living in the same home since 1990).
The secret to "delaying" the changes that normally accompany old age?
Muscles. How many people do you see at the supermarket that look like Liam Neeson (62) or Helen Mirren (69)? Answer: zero. If you want to eat "meat", again, look like them.View Thread
I view obesity as I view diabetes...As I view cardiovascular and heart disease...As I view arthritis or kidney disease...As I view colon or pancreatic cancer. In fact, obesity is a common pre-symptom to most every life threatening lifestyle disease, today.
Obesity and all other diseases mentioned, above, represent a malfunction or gross inefficiency of a critical organ system in the body. The reason for this is not always "genetics" as most would like to believe. A lot of it has to do with unhealthy lifestyle practices. If this were not true, then, why does almost every serious or catastrophic disease respond, positively, to rest? More exercise? Eating more fruits and vegetables. Why do all physicians recommend to limit alcohol and stop smoking? It's because the prognosis to getting better is not swell when you continue to harm your body at the same time.
Uncontrolled, insatiable appetite is because your body's appetite centers are malfunctioning. This is indicative of being in an unhealthful state. What's the answer? Simple. Get healthy.
This is why everyone has problems losing body fat. Obesity is a "diseased" state. The cure (to weight loss) is to end disease-inducing lifestyle actions. Food plays a big role, sure. But, it's just 1 of a 1000 things you can do to become "healthier". In this day and age, it's shocking to me that people still think "Non Fat", "Diet", "Low-Cal" and "Salads" will get make them skinny. again. It's this very lack of understanding of what being overweight means is why weight loss results come so slowly and people lose hope and fall-off- the-wagon.View Thread
Mid 40's is a critical time in a life, women and men. The thing that concerns me about this surgery? Your body is undergoing "changes" throughout your lifetime. It follows a "biologic clock". How can you anticipate what the long term effects will be from this surgery 10 years from now, 20 years from now, after these "changes" hit?
The answer: You can't. At least, that's painfully clear from the 443 posts, below ("Weight Gain After Gastric Bypass").
The most important thing we can do to temper the inevitable effects of aging is staying "fit"...build muscle. The body is adaptable and will support the demands placed on it. If the demand remains high, hormones that advance the aging process will be tempered.
imo, no doctor (in their right mind) will answer your question because no doctor can predict how "active" you'll be, years after you've left the operating room. In other words, it doesn't matter what anyone tells you, you're in control. View Thread
Who told you cholesterol comes from food, or, in your words, "diet". What research have you published?
Show me peer reviewed studies that show that ingested cholesterol (egg yolks) and saturated fats (cheese burgers, whole milk) are the primary cause of elevated serum cholesterol. Let me guess...when you say you're eating "healthy", you mean "egg beaters" and non fat milk?