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Losing Weight: A Battle Against Fat And Biology

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caddo man Failure is success in progress!Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited November 2011 in The Weight Room
Losing Weight: A Battle Against Fat And Biology

If you're among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight, chances are you've had people tell you to just ease up on the eating and use a little self-control. It does, of course, boil down to "calories in, calories out."

But there's a lot more to it than that, according to obesity specialist Dr. Donna Ryan, associate director for clinical research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

It's a popular misconception, she says, that losing weight is "strictly a matter of willpower." It's a gigantic task, she says, because not only do we move through an incredible buffet of food spread before us every day, but we also face a battle with our own biological responses.

It starts when we begin to shed those first few pounds. At that point, "the biology really kicks in and tries to resist the weight loss," she says.

Take 56-year-old Mary Grant, who's faced a lifetime battling fat, beginning in childhood, when her father humiliated her in front of the family by publicly weighing her every Saturday morning and insisted on her trying diet after diet.

In the end, Grant unsuccessfully tried "the grapefruit before every meal diet, Weight Watchers in the early days, when you had to eat chicken livers, the hard-boiled eggs and salad diet, the tomato soup diet, the cabbage soup diet, essentially anything," says Grant, "to get that weight off me."

But the weight did not "come off." It wasn't until after nursing school that Grant was successful in dropping 100 pounds after a medically supervised fast. Dramatic as that success was, it didn't last. Grant gained much of the weight back. Most people do, according to health experts.

When you begin to lose pounds, levels of the hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells, begin to drop. That sends a message to the brain that the body's "fat storage" is shrinking. The brain perceives starvation is on the way and, in response, sends out messages to conserve energy and preserve calories. So, metabolism drops.

And then other brain signals tell the body it's "hungry," and it sends out hormones to stimulate the appetite. The combination of lowered metabolism and stimulated appetite equals a "double whammy," says Ryan. And that means the person who's lost weight can't consume as much food as the person who hasn't lost weight.

For example, if you weigh 230 pounds and lose 30 pounds, you cannot eat as much as an individual who has always weighed 200 pounds. You basically have a "caloric handicap," says Ryan. And depending on how much weight people lose, they may face a 300-, 400- or even 500-calorie a day handicap, meaning you have to consume that many fewer calories a day in order to maintain your weight loss.

This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets: You need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means high fiber, low fat and low sugar.

But you can fight back against a lowered metabolism. You can "kick" your metabolism back up by exercising every day. One recent study found people were able to burn up an extra 450 calories a day with one hour of moderate exercise.

It doesn't have to be vigorous jogging. You can walk briskly, bike or swim. Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day in order to reduce risk for heart disease. But obesity experts say if you want to lose or maintain weight, you have to double that and exercise at least one hour every day.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/10/31/141794801/losing-weight-a-battle-against-fat-and-biology
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  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2011
    This explains alot! At least for me.

    The key is to stay active!
  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    If you're among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight, chances are you've had people tell you to just ease up on the eating and use a little self-control. It does, of course, boil down to "calories in, calories out."

    But there's a lot more to it than that, according to obesity specialist Dr. Donna Ryan, associate director for clinical research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

    It's a popular misconception, she says, that losing weight is "strictly a matter of willpower." It's a gigantic task, she says, because not only do we move through an incredible buffet of food spread before us every day, but we also face a battle with our own biological responses.

    It starts when we begin to shed those first few pounds. At that point, "the biology really kicks in and tries to resist the weight loss," she says.

    Take 56-year-old Mary Grant, who's faced a lifetime battling fat, beginning in childhood, when her father humiliated her in front of the family by publicly weighing her every Saturday morning and insisted on her trying diet after diet.

    In the end, Grant unsuccessfully tried "the grapefruit before every meal diet, Weight Watchers in the early days, when you had to eat chicken livers, the hard-boiled eggs and salad diet, the tomato soup diet, the cabbage soup diet, essentially anything," says Grant, "to get that weight off me."

    But the weight did not "come off." It wasn't until after nursing school that Grant was successful in dropping 100 pounds after a medically supervised fast. Dramatic as that success was, it didn't last. Grant gained much of the weight back. Most people do, according to health experts.

    When you begin to lose pounds, levels of the hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells, begin to drop. That sends a message to the brain that the body's "fat storage" is shrinking. The brain perceives starvation is on the way and, in response, sends out messages to conserve energy and preserve calories. So, metabolism drops.

    And then other brain signals tell the body it's "hungry," and it sends out hormones to stimulate the appetite. The combination of lowered metabolism and stimulated appetite equals a "double whammy," says Ryan. And that means the person who's lost weight can't consume as much food as the person who hasn't lost weight.

    For example, if you weigh 230 pounds and lose 30 pounds, you cannot eat as much as an individual who has always weighed 200 pounds. You basically have a "caloric handicap," says Ryan. And depending on how much weight people lose, they may face a 300-, 400- or even 500-calorie a day handicap, meaning you have to consume that many fewer calories a day in order to maintain your weight loss.

    This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets: You need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means high fiber, low fat and low sugar.

    But you can fight back against a lowered metabolism. You can "kick" your metabolism back up by exercising every day. One recent study found people were able to burn up an extra 450 calories a day with one hour of moderate exercise.

    It doesn't have to be vigorous jogging. You can walk briskly, bike or swim. Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day in order to reduce risk for heart disease. But obesity experts say if you want to lose or maintain weight, you have to double that and exercise at least one hour every day.



    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/10/31/141794801/losing-weight-a-battle-against-fat-and-biology

  • haute
    haute Members Posts: 11,581 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    Whatever

    Weight loss and healthy living is a lifestyle

    You either choose it or you don't
  • Bussy_Getta
    Bussy_Getta STFUMembers Posts: 37,679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    haute wrote: »
    Whatever

    Weight loss and healthy living is a lifestyle

    You either choose it or you don't

    /thread

    *shrug*
  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    haute wrote: »
    Whatever

    Weight loss and healthy living is a lifestyle

    You either choose it or you don't
    /thread

    *shrug*



    third paragraph from the last.
    This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets: You need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means high fiber, low fat and low sugar.

    That is what they are saying, baby.
  • Bussy_Getta
    Bussy_Getta STFUMembers Posts: 37,679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    caddo man wrote: »
    third paragraph from the last.
    This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets: You need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means high fiber, low fat and low sugar.

    That is what they are saying, baby.

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  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    1VOT
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  • goat334
    goat334 Members Posts: 3,604 ✭✭
    edited November 2011
    caddo man wrote: »
    third paragraph from the last.
    This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets: You need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means high fiber, low fat and low sugar.

    That is what they are saying, baby.

    That's pretty much what I'm doing High protein and low-carbs.
  • MissLeading
    MissLeading Members Posts: 3,316 ✭✭
    edited November 2011
    I'm just glad Im no longer closing in on the overweight category...
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    edited November 2011
    Fast metabolism post so im good
  • kat2180
    kat2180 Members Posts: 12,056 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    I'm just glad Im no longer closing in on the overweight category...

    *shaq face*

    Proof of supposed overweightness or I don't believe you! Little thing...lol.
  • phantom0900
    phantom0900 Members Posts: 1,313 ✭✭
    edited November 2011
    There are chemical additives in a lot of foods that make you want to eat them uncontrollably. Not too ago, scientist found out that stimulating certain taste buds with stimulations that aren't commonly found in natural foods, cause folks to crave them, or continue to satisfy that craving until the current resource is used up. Think about certain snack foods that are real sweet or salty, or when you over eat cause something "taste so good." Not defending fatties tho, I know its hard to maintain that balance, if it was easy to be healthy a lot less folks would be so damn fat.

    I agree with most everyone else tho, Im 5'7 155lbs and folks call me skinny all the damn time. Im not skinny, i practice self control, and choose to live a healthy lifestyle........... and i have a extremely high metabolism.
  • CaliGuerillaBlazin
    CaliGuerillaBlazin Members Posts: 2,226 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    caddo man wrote: »
    third paragraph from the last.
    This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets: You need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means high fiber, low fat and low sugar.

    Only thing fat people and 🤬 that wanna lose weight should be reading.

    It's not that hard once you drastically reduce intake of refined carbs and sugars while upping whole grains, protein, veggies, etc and some moderate excercise/movement.

    Problem is most people don't even know what healthy is, educated fat people are the worse tho.
  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    Only thing fat people and 🤬 that wanna lose weight should be reading.

    It's not that hard once you drastically reduce intake of refined carbs and sugars while upping whole grains, protein, veggies, etc and some moderate excercise/movement.

    Problem is most people don't even know what healthy is, educated fat people are the worse tho.

    They usually say F-it!
  • IamtheVILLE
    IamtheVILLE Members Posts: 2,701 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    i thought grains turn into sugar. and what high in protein and how will that help me lose weight?
  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    i thought grains turn into sugar. and what high in protein and how will that help me lose weight?

    Your body needs a certain amount of sugar. To answer your question processed grain (if I am not mistaken) turns into sugars more than whole grain.

    And protein has more nutrients that can been used by the body. That is the key. How much can your body use as fuel to go through the day without too much excess.
  • fullfledged
    fullfledged Members Posts: 238
    edited November 2011
    seriously some people are meant to be fat. being big 🤬 isn't a lie.
  • FatBish
    FatBish Members Posts: 5
    edited November 2011
    I never really believed in the saying "bigboned" because every person I know who use that term to describe themselves was skinny at one point of time. I consider myself fat and I am brave enough to admit it....no sugarcoatin.
  • caddo man
    caddo man Failure is success in progress! Members Posts: 22,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    FatBish wrote: »
    I never really believed in the saying "bigboned" because every person I know who use that term to describe themselves was skinny at one point of time. I consider myself fat and I am brave enough to admit it....no sugarcoatin.

    This!

    There isnt a bone in your body that is bigger than the next person longer and stronger but not bigger. LOL!

    Good luck on your weight lost. I hope the thread in here help. There is alot of useful info in here! You just have to skim past the BS.

    Our annual weight lost competition should start soon after the holidays. It isnt really a competition just posters showing their results and giving encouragement.
  • J-GUTTA
    J-GUTTA Members Posts: 9,107 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    yeah I'm about to say 🤬 it and do some tren. I said I'd never cross that line but 🤬 it I'm going to be on some 🤬 status type 🤬 .
  • MissLeading
    MissLeading Members Posts: 3,316 ✭✭
    edited November 2011
    kat2180 wrote: »
    *shaq face*

    Proof of supposed overweightness or I don't believe you! Little thing...lol.

    Lol.. I used to 145lbs and for my height, 5'4, that was borderline overweight.
  • Madbeats
    Madbeats Members Posts: 544
    edited November 2011
    That whole concept is why NO diet works. People just need a LIFESTYLE change and completely change the way they eat all the time. But even further, they need someone to teach them what is healthy and not healthy, because a LOT of people just don't know.
  • Madbeats
    Madbeats Members Posts: 544
    edited November 2011
    Diets never work, and we all got different bodies. Just need to learn what works for the individual.
  • Lambert1
    Lambert1 Members Posts: 4
    edited November 2011
    Diet really never work but with the passage of the time it become complex and complex.
    There is only one reason one reason behind it that we are not conscious about the use of the foods and also for the fruits.
  • Lambert1
    Lambert1 Members Posts: 4
    edited November 2011
    This is the commitment and motivation that should be have to lose the fat and also control the over weighting.
    Lack of this commitment can't be useful to lose the weight and to maintain the health.