May 21st, 2010


Weight For Me

They call it "cyclical obesity."  The idea is that you lose weight, get healthier, then something happens that makes you slip off the exercise regime (like, oh, off the top of my head, completing a comic book miniseries in three months) and you gain it back, and you have to lose, then gain it back....

I'm at a point where I'm plotting out my quest to lose some poundage again.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm pear-shaped.  I've always been pear-shaped.  I've accepted that my DNA is going to make me look more like a teddy bear than Mr. Olympus.  But I do want to be healthier.  I want to lose at least 30 lbs.  I've observed that I lose weight in ranges -- I will hover within a ten pound range regardless of exercise or how much I eat, and punching through it to the next strata is the challenge.  My theory for why this happens is that, when you first change diets, your body gets shocked, but after a while, two weeks at most, your body adapts to the new routine, so weight comes off slower.  In others words, one to two pounds a week may suck, but it's about as good as its going to get.  (My dad once started a low carb diet about the same time I started serious bicycle riding.  The first two weeks, he lost a lot more poundage than me.  After that, I continued to lower by a pound or two a week while his weight leveled off and even went up.  Oh, and I could still enjoy homemade buttermilk pancakes.  That alone makes me feel like I won that pissing contest.)

I have two rules when I set off to lose weight:

1)  The only ways to lose weight are to eat less and exercise more.

2)  If you have the option, choose the latter.

Well, there might actually be only one option, and it's the latter.

I came across a very interesting study by one Jules Hirsch, a research physician at Rockefeller University.  He found something very interesting about the body's reaction to dieting.  It seems that, when you start dieting, the reason you get all those impulses to eat and food obsessions?  It has nothing to do with habit.  The body is shifting into a starvation mode.  It senses it is losing the fat it has built up and is trying to maintain it (he found this impulse continued even after three years from starting the diet.  In other words, it never goes away).  So you are not only combating your metabolism, you are combating your body's desire to put on weight and keep it on.

Now, you want to know what is REALLY depressing about the above?

No, it's not that you have to deal with these urges because you will have them for the rest of your life.

This guy discovered this back in 1959.

In other words, this could be the single greatest element to maintaining your weight, this understanding of why people can't resist rich, fattening foods, and everyone is ignoring it.

Our bodies make us suffer.  But we help it along.