Tuesday, January 03, 2012
If you haven't seen this article yet, I highly recommend you check it out: The Fat Trap, by Tara Parker-Pope. She outlines some hard truths about weight loss and maintenance which COULD be taken negatively (i.e. a "why try?" attitude) however I found the information to be SO helpful!
...along with interesting comments posted at this link:
There is a follow up interview, question & answer with folks calling in with testimonies on NPR's Talk of the Nation here:
I share WATERMELLEN's ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
) sense of relief and comfort in hearing the science behind the experiences of people like myself who've been obese or morbidly obese for a long time. This helps me so much to hear the cold, hard facts! I feel I am in a better position to accept that it is what it is. No amount of whining or playing games with my thinking or whatever is going to alter this. I'm really not imagining things or making them up: it really IS harder for folks like me to lose weight and more importantly to KEEP IT OFF!
There is a reason why I kick into a "food as fuel" mode when I'm SPARKIN' like I WANT to SPARK!
Besides: food is over-rated, compared to the freedom one can enjoy when one looks at eating just enough to keep your body at a healthier weight where you can enjoy your life more fully and heartily!
So rather than looking at this glass as half empty, as a "fat trap"...I find it liberating to realize that, for instance faithful food tracking, weighing in and daily exercise is not being OCD and overkill: it truly is what is necessary for those of us who have been obese or morbidly obese for a long* time.
*How long? Not sure if they've precisely nailed that down...but let THAT be a motivator for those of you who HAVEN'T been obese or morbidly obese for a long time: The quicker you NAIL this healthy and well lifestyle the less risk you run of sustaining lifelong biochemical alterations in the way your body functions.
PS...4-A-HEALTHY-BMI shared a message thread from the "At Goal and Maintaining" SparkTeam where they have been discussing this article: