Friday, July 20, 2012
Found this article link, posted by friend Kasey in january:
It might be depressing to some to learn that maintaining weight loss maybe very hard for those who had been overweight long, but to me it is an inspiration. Why? Because it is about real scientific facts, "this is what happens and these actions are possible..."
I realise that I get confused by all this declarations of will power, freedom of choice and being enough motivated - if you follow my blogs you know this. I once read that only ten procent of those who loses weight manages to keep it off and that has made me wonder if overweight people are worse in the "will-power"-department than others, or what is going on. And I have been puzzled because I have managed a lot of things in my days - I stopped smoking 20 years ago, I stopped drinking seven years ago, I ran a company successfully for a couple of years etc.
And this article gives me an explanation - the mission to lose wieght and keep it off is a lot harder than estimated. I have declared before that nobody can tell me I can´t lose weight - I have lost hundred of kilos in my time. The problem being that I always did put it on again... now I know why. It+´s an old dr Phil statement "you can´t change what you don´t acknowledge" and learning this makes me think about in what ways I can arrange my life to keep weight off - is it even possible? I do not know - example Janet Bridges has concluded that she can eat 2000 cal a day IF she does 500 cal worth of extra exercise... that would be about 80-90 minutes a day in my current situation.
AND note that she then still is overweight per definition, she has settled with a weight around 88 kilos. Sounds much but form the starting point of 150 and a goal weight at 74, it is still a health win... and she has been very scientifically about her doings and her conclusion is that her body consumes 5 ca/minute in an exercise where the "officials" states that you use 11 cal/minute.
I know for sure that my meabolism has changed after cancer - or maybe it is a changed lifestyle and the fact that I have pains in my feet after chemo - unconciously I probably move a lot less because it is such an effort to do it.
If I would accept about the same metabolism as Janice seems to have I would have to restrain myself to 1500 cal a day if I don´t do any extra exercise. For the rest of my life... Or do this 500cal-a-day extra exercise and eat 2000 cal. Interesting.
Interesting also is that the research that this article is about says that it seems to be no differenc how fast you lose - if you do it on a "kamikaze-diet" or if you do it very slow does not seem to matter for the maintanance problems. Sounds logical to me - the problem with losing too fast (IMO) is that the skin does not follow well and that you - if you are a compulsive overeater lik me - get crazy after starving and eat everything in sight....