Monday, May 24, 2021

"My 600-lb Life" myths: working hard at weight loss or obesity?

Hi friends! In today's chapter on how I lost 100 pounds (and kept it off) without gastric bypass surgery, I'm looking at weight loss myths. During Covid 19 recovery, I've been been catching up on a favorite bariatric surgery show "My 600-lb Life." This show follows morbidly obese people as they try to lose weight. And for misconceptions about obesity, you can't beat "My 600-lb Life!" 

Today I'm honing in on the misunderstanding that weight loss is difficult. Every episode of "My 600-lb Life" features overweight participants whining about how hard they're working and how rough obesity is to shed. When they don't lose weight, we hear tall tales about how they've been following Dr. Now's 1,200 calorie gastric bypass diet to the letter. 

These are obviously lies because weight loss is simple...less food in, more weight off. If you're gaining weight, you're actually working to stay obese. One surprise in how I lost 100 pounds was how easy it was to lose weight at first. The more overweight patients are, the easier weight loss is, if they follow Dr. Now's gastric bypass diet correctly.  

And I have a problem with the overweight folks of "My 600-lb Life" complaining about everything being so hard. Your caregivers, or should I say staff, who wait on your obese self? They have it hard. Covid 19 is hard. Watching your loved one die from Covid 19 is hard. Cancer is hard. I lost 100 pounds and let me tell you, dropping obesity is easy-peasy compared to these real-life struggles! 

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