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The Fat Trap

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Very interesting article in the NY Times called 'The Fat Trap'-- The old concept of the body having a 'set weight' of sorts has something to it. The article shares research findings indicating that after weight loss the body's metabolic states is altered to encourage the regaining of the weight-- this makes sense in an evolutionary sense. In a scenario where humans have to work much harder to get a meal and times of food scarcity are more likely, this 'weight gain trigger' is a brilliant thing-- In fact it probably still is a good thing given how much hunger there still is in the world today.

While some may find this news depressing, I find it to be a relief. For those of us who have lost weight numerous times, only to see it return with ease, this article is more like validation-- our bodies DO gain weight more easily-- How many of us have said something like, "if I just look at that cupcake, I'll gain a pound"....??

So the jury is in: ex-fat people need to consume fewer calories to maintain their lower weight than other people at that same weight.
One study showed this to be true even for people who'd kept the weight off for 6 years!! So one question is: Will the body ever 're-set' itself to a lower weight? How long will it take?
Also, does the way in which we lose the weight matter--particularly the pace?
I wonder if, once in maintenance mode, eating in a training sort of style (frequent small meals, high protein) that's said to up metabolism would help....
If pace is a factor, it makes me wonder about the folks on the Biggest Loser (which I admittedly love).

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GARDENSTAR 1/14/2012 9:52AM

    Forewarned is forearmed.

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I'm back!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Well, all! I'm back in more ways than one:
1. My weight has creeped back up to an old familiar place
2. I'm motivated and ready to make a positive change!
3. I'm back on SparkPeople...

OK, so not really so many ways!
My challenge remains the same: the healthy routine!
I work full-time. I mom full-time. And now I need to ME full-time as well.
Getting up and going in the morning has always been tough. But given my lifestyle and responsibilities, the morning is the best time to get in the workout AND jumpstart the day. (Hmm, where have I heard that before??? Everywhere-- including from my own mouth!)

Luckily, I have an added bonus to this New Year's motivation. Since we're living in South America, it's summer now! Longer days, more sunshine--the perfect time to get a routine solidified.

Thanks all for being 'here'. Thanks SparkPeople for this amazing tool!



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Here's a quote for ya:

"Every time you resist the urge to eat out of fear or resentment or a sense of injury and consciously make a different, more positive choice to improve your health, you are taking responsibility for yourself." ~ Bob Harper, "Are you Ready!"


Phase 2: Accountability to SELF

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well, not that this phase is actually any different than phase 1 (Spark Your Body Bootcamp), other than my perception... In all honestly, I was the one who kept myself on track, I was the one I wanted to please, but that perception of an 'other' to be accountable is a useful little trick. In the end, this is where it counts. When the game ends, can I keep it going?

That's what phase 2 is all about. I'm sticking to my Bootcamp goals and am following the same program. But now, I'm focusing a bit more on my internal motivation.

And, the bodybugg helps too! Still having lots of fun!


January Fitness Minutes!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I Logged 1027 Fitness Minutes this month!!

That means I have only 763 fitness minutes left for the rest of the year to meet my generic goal! That's what? 70 minutes per month? Or about 2.3 minutes per day? Ha!

I'm not sure where that goal came from. I think it's a generic SparkPeople goal based on 30 minutes a week or something like that...

Well, Go Me!

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BRENDAS026 1/31/2010 7:14PM

    yay! keep those minutes coming!

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