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Blog: You Are Not the Biggest Loser

Be patient and keep the pounds off!

This is a blog for anyone discouraged about weight loss. Although I find the show “The Biggest Loser” very entertaining, it also makes me very mad. I have helped hundreds of clients lose thousands of pounds. This show makes normal weight loss seem like underachieving.

The solution to weight loss is very simple on one hand but following through is another story. The first thing to consider is basic math. Your metabolism begins to slow after age 30 and you need to burn more than you consume. So basically just move more and eat less. The trouble comes because we live in a microwave society and we all want it yesterday.

To lose one pound a week, we need to burn off 3,500 calories or eat 3,500 calories less. This is not a quick process. People need to think of a pound or two a week as a major success and look at the big picture. You didn’t get it over night and it you won’t lose it overnight either. If you lose a pound a week for a year you’re down 50.

One thing to feel good about: your success rate doubles if you take the weight off slowly. Rapid weight loss increases the production of a hormone called lipolipophase. This is the body’s defense mechanism to return fat stores anticipating times of famine. The “yoyo syndrome” is caused by more than a lack of willpower. Be patient and you’ll have better long term success.

The final point that most people miss is, you need to continually challenge yourself with regard to muscle fitness. You can lift small weight and still get the benefits. The most important thing is to change it up. If you’ve been doing the same thing for more than a month, you’re not maximizing your efforts. If your muscles never get sore, chances are you need to change what you’re doing.

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ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 27, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This site is lacking in comments. First, the economy and its likely projections, precludes eating. due to the escalating prices. The above comment mentions the body anticipating famine. It sounds like the body as a whole is smarter than the brain in part. Another encouragement is the saying : "You can't get too much of a good thing." So, instead of trying to look like a string bean, get a better self image. Helium filled balloons attached to your scales also helps. The body goes into high gear when the body temp falls to dangerous levels. It burns calories to raise the body temp, so, soak in a tub of very cold water for ten minutes at a time. Also, leave some pork out overnight and eat some the next day. You will be so sick, you wont be able to keep your pants up.....I mean due to loss of weight. Your personality wont be affected by overweight....so, be happy with who you are and dont expose yourself to the news..it is just too weighty....Dr b

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