I'll be posting this tomorrow, but I definitely find this fitting for the group and would love to hear your feedback.nyti.ms/vOzI5u
I've followed the author, Tara Parker-Pope for the last few months because her articles are kind of interesting. However, I've taken issue with the fact that she's overweight and if you search the internet, you can find pictures of her that probably qualify her as obese. In this article, she states that she's 60 pounds overweight. It seems like qualification number 1 for being the editor of the "Well Blog" would to be in decent shape. The article is a mix of science and personal experience and Parker-Pope lets us know that she has battled her weight her entire and her mother did until the day she died, vacillating between 150 and 250 pounds. Wow.
The science aspect of the article is interesting. It seems established that there is a concerted by the brain to keep overweight people overweight after we've dieted down. Even several years after you've lost weight, the brain is insidiously plotting against you. It is increasing the reward sensation for high calorie treats, meanwhile, your response to exercise from a calorie burn perspective is less than "normal" people. A perfect storm, as the author states, for weight regain.
OK, this is great. We're not crazy. The vast majority of folks have trouble maintaining, but there are a number of folks who seem to have success. The National Weight Control registry has been tracking 10,000 individuals who have lost and kept off more than 30 pounds for over a year. Many of the members have lost much more and kept it off. How? By paying attention. While not on calorie restriction, many members still measure food and track calories. Many still continue to exercise. The people who she spotlights weigh every single day to stay within their "healthy weight". As much as it sucks to hear it, the "just keep doing what you're doing" advice seems to apply when it comes to maintenance.
And here is where I wag my finger at the author. She did a wonderful job of explaining her problem, found some science to support the "why" of the problem and when presented with the solution, made excuses. This sums it up well.
"Just talking to Bridge about the effort required to maintain her weight is exhausting. I find her story inspiring, but it also makes me wonder whether I have what it takes to be thin. I have tried on several occasions (and as recently as a couple weeks ago) to keep a daily diary of my eating and exercise habits, but itís easy to let it slide. I canít quite imagine how I would ever make time to weigh and measure food when some days itís all I can do to get dinner on the table between finishing my work and carting my daughter to dance class or volleyball practice. And while I enjoy exercising for 30- or 40-minute stretches, I also learned from six months of marathon training that devoting one to two hours a day to exercise takes an impossible toll on my family life."
BOOO!!!!!!!!!!! I can't track, I can do some exercise, but I guess not enough, so I'll just be fat. What a lousy defeatist attitude.
So once again, in my opinion, Tara Parker-Pope brings forth some interesting data and some very inspiring stories but leaves me scratching my head. Is it true maybe some of us just want it more than others?
I am only one person, but I can tell you, maintenance isn't THAT hard. I think some of us have to track more than others. Hell, I'm back to tracking because I'm concerned about my protein intake while trying to cut some fat. I couldn't imagine life without tracking, but I couldn't imagine a life where I track every day. That's the balance. While on restriction, calorie burn was all I cared about during exercise. Now I couldn't care less how many calories I burn. I want results!
Another annoyance here, amount of time spent exercising as a final measurement. Bollocks! That's like saying get on the road and drive for 20 minutes. Where? What direction? How fast? Amount of time is almost meaningless. What did you do for 20 minutes? Stretch? Sprint? Lift heavy? Walk? How fast? How heavy? How far? You can exercise hard for 30 minute stretches, Tara, and you don't have to be training for a marathon, in fact, I'd say that type of exercise ranks among the worst. Slow and low sucks if time is a constraint.
So to conclude, I was very frustrated that the author has documented, relatively succinctly, in a very readable way some of the key problems of maintenance, presented some very effective ways to beat your brain and sited some moving examples and then said "meh, that's too much effort". Weak sauce.
| current weight: 11.0 over