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No wonder maintenance doesn't come naturally

Friday, November 01, 2013

We're covering eating disorders and hunger in society this week for my nutrition class, and the textbook mentions a study on undernutrition from the 1940's. A population of men ate 1800 calories a day for 6 months, losing on average 24% of their bodyweight. 3 months in they complained of "fatigue, muscle soreness, irritability, intolerance to cold and hunger pains" and the researcher observed "lack of ambition, self-discipline and concentration" and the subjects were "moody, apathetic and depressed."

Even after returning to a normal intake, hunger and fatigue persisted for 12 weeks and they didn't fully recover for 8 months. Now, these subjects were healthy at the start, so it's likely some were going from a healthy weight to low weight. But I find it interesting how many of the symptoms pertained to attitude and motivation.

Do I have any particular goals as we start a new month?
- Nanowrimo: I don't have time to write this year, but I will look at editing my work from last year.
- I have a term paper in Nutrition class and I chose the book "The End of Overeating" so I'll be posting about that at Losers Keepers as I go.
- My nutrition is going okay, I think. I'm glad apples are fresh again.
- I'm still doing circuit strength, and need to look at getting more cardio in.

I'm reminded of a line in "While you were sleeping" where the dad says "Life is a pain... for one moment, everyone's good, everyone's happy, and in that one moment, you have peace." (to which the son replies "Pa, this isn't that moment.") Well, I can dream, can't I?
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    Great blog.
    1663 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    If I remember correctly, many of these men later became chefs or otherwise involved in food occupations.
    1664 days ago
    Great post!
    1665 days ago
    "The End of Overeating" sounds like a good book. I need to be sure to read what you post about it on on Losers Keepers.

    Your nutrition class sounds so fascinating...I am very interested in learning more about it, so much so that I would take a class if I could find the time and money! I think that so much of this is tied to emotional eating too....as young kids we were treated with goodies for good grades, good behavior, holidays, etc. We were encouraged to eat, and the food was processed, full of sugar, fat, etc. I have only been doing maintenance (this time around) for two months, but I want this to be my forever time...not to have to go through it again, and just maintain. But I can understand why it is hard. I eat and I am full but I find myself thinking of my next meal. I find myself thinking about Big Macs and pans of brownies. I am far from "cured" of my weight issues. It is definitely difficult. I hope that after I have maintained for a while it will get easier...but I suspect this could be a lifelong struggle.
    1666 days ago
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