Weight loss – straight talk

OK, we’re not going to sugar coat it. A lot of information flies around out there, but there are some basics we feel make sense, most of this is from our favorite book “Younger Next Year.”   And darnit, it makes sense. In your gut, you know this stuff is true — let’s not overcomplicate:

Don’t diet. More than often diets don’t work. Get in shape! Change your lifestyle, live healthier.

Quit eating “crap”. Make a list of what you eat and cut out the crap. You know what it is. Don’t eat it.

Gaining weight really comes from eating more calories than you burn.

Your base metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories without doing a thing) goes down with age. This fact, and sedentary habits are where our guts come from after 40.

An American woman in her 50’s has to set her caloric intake to 1,400 calories per day to lose weight and 2,000 to maintain unless she exercises. Don’t starve yourself…..just get moving!

Cut calories by cutting portions.

Once you start exercising, you begin to see yourself differently because you feel differently. This makes exercise and eating right easier.
Simple wisdom, straight talking….something just sounds right about it. COME RIDE WITH US!

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5 responses to “Weight loss – straight talk

  1. I’m reading a fascinating book about eating habits and American food production called “The End of Overeating” by Dr. David Kessler, former FDA commissioner. Interesting stuff! I’ll never look at food the same way.


  2. Thanks much Leslie, hey what are the highlights?

  3. bill, here is the name of the albums I mentioned: Rockpile: Seconds of Pleasure which was a 1980 British group with singer Nick Lowe, remember the songs Write a Book and Teacher Teacher. Check it out . Also the album I was thinking of that have great songs is Music for All Occassions which the Mavericks came out with in 1995. All the songs on that album are awesome and not that much country . lori

  4. A few highlights from Dr. Kessler’s book:

    * Eating foods high in sugar, salt, and fat release opioid circuits in our brain, which in turn makes us want more of these items.

    * These opioid circuits interfere with our ability to feel satiated. That’s why many people continue to eat a batch of cookies even when they’re full.

    * The right combination of sugar, salt, and fat increases this behavior. That’s why many food suppliers alter food items to maximize the layers of sugar, salt, and fat to increase consumption and desirability, which is one reason why we see foods with multiple different types of sugars and several layers of fat (ex: deep frying items once before they leave the factory and again when they’re served at a restaurant.

    * To increase profitability they often chemically alter food items, increasing filler and fat while decreasing the actual amount of raw food item (meat, vegetable, etc) and associated nutrients.

    * Many foods promoted as healthful are loaded up with sugars and fats.

    * While many people are succeptible to overeating what Kessler calls highly palatable foods, we can alter our responses to food cues by gaining conscious control over them and changing our perceptions of them. (Yeah, I know, easier said than done!)

    * When you perceive highly palatable food as negative, and place that recognition in working memory, you’re better equipped to interfere with the automatic, habitual response. We need to seek reward from other things that highly palatable food. It’s all about unlearning this behavior.

    * Stop expecting food to make you feel better.

    * Seize conscious control so that instead of responding habitually you think past the temporary pleasure you gain from foods loaded in salt, sugar, and fat and how rotten you’ll feel afterwards and the weight gain, health implications, etc (I’m paraphrasing here).

    * Turning to other goal-oriented activities that you really care about can occupy the mental space and prevent cue-induced thoughts from lingering there.

    * Fortunately EXERCISE also engages the same mood-enhancing regions of our brains as highly palatable food. Someone who exercises regularly becomes dependent on the positive responses it produces.

  5. This is a belated comment but as a fellow midwesterner, I was tickled by Bill’s comments 2 Sundays ago about the difference between Midwesterners and New Englanders. Here is a hilarious song about what it means to be midwestern aptly named “Hopelessly Midwestern” by Joel Mabus. I don’t think it would work for spinning but great for a laugh. It probably applies more to my rural Ohio folks than you big city Chicagoans.

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