Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Calorie restricting or intermittent fasting for weight loss? How I lost 100 pounds mixing it up

 There's a lot of discussion among weight loss gurus as to whether calorie restricting or intermittent fasting works best to lose weight. Obesity expert Dr. Now of "My 600 lb Life" puts his gastric bypass patients on a 1200 calorie diet. While sources like Eat This Not That lean toward intermittent fasting. I'm no expert but I did lose weight and lots of it. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to mix it up. 

I follow a 1200 calorie diet but I also occasionally skip meals, which is essentially intermittent fasting. I have also used a bread and water fast 2 days a week, essentially the 5:2 diet, and lost 35 lb without even trying. I can't go all day without eating. And it's not recommended even for those with morbid obesity on "My 600-lb Life." Even the intermittent fasting theorists don't advise full day fasts. Time restricted feeding, eating only in an 8 hour period is more preferable for weight loss. 

Unfortunately, neither the 5:2 diet nor time restricted feeding would work to lose weight with "My 600-lb Life" type obesity. Time restricted feeding does not address what to eat only when. The 5:2 diet lets you eat whatever you want for 5 days. Most people got overweight because of the foods they eat. That's why Dr. Now's 1200 calorie diet requires not only calorie restricting but changing eating habits for pre and post  gastric bypass weight loss.

I lost 100 pounds, without gastric bypass,  using a combination diet plans. I follow time restricted feeding with calorie restricting. I flip flop the 5:2 diet to 5 days of 1200 calorie diet and 2 days of bread and water fast. Sometimes I do 6:1, 6 days dieting and one cheat day.  And I change it up as needed. I found that weight loss stalled when I did the same thing, even the right thing, for too long. If what I am doing isn't working to lose weight, I try something else. Sometimes that means eating more. That sounds weird but it's how I lost 100 pounds ❤️😀

How I lost 100 pounds by losing the blame-shame game

(top is 2001, middle 2011, bottom 2015)

This blog explores how I lost 100 pounds, without gastric bypass surgery or a weight loss drug. But you probably didn't tune in to find out what I didn't do, but rather, what I did to lose weight. Obesity has a lot to do with psychology and so weight loss must involve healing mental health as well as physical. I use Al-Anon teaching for weight loss. Today we're going to look at how I lost 100 pounds losing the blame-shame game. 

While obesity hasn't plagued me all my life, shame, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, (stinkin thinkin as Al-Anon calls them) have. But I never really got overweight till I lost two stillborn daughters. That plunged me not only into depression but also horrific self-blame. But it also brought a lot of self-awareness. 

Depression was an old foe, but I wasn't prepared for the mind-boggling self-esteem plummet. I always felt like a failure but now I couldn't even keep a baby alive?? That was devastating. I got morbidly overweight in part from miscarriages and taking the antidepressant Paxil. But also playing the self-blame-shame game. 

Thanks to my higher power and Al-Anon, I found that being overweight was just the tip of the iceberg.  I needed to fix this unhealthy "stinkin thinkin" to heal obesity. Soul-searching revealed how much I have struggled with feelings of failure. It was so bad that if anyone criticized me, or even hinted that I should do this or that, I automatically complied. I fully believed that I wasn't capable of making decisions on my own, that every problem was my fault, and that every belief or opinion I held was wrong if someone said they were. 

I played the self-blame-shame game so successfully that I actually dream that I fail. Since I was a kid,  my dreams involve situations where I've have screwed up, done something wrong, hurt or failed people. and that people are angry with me. I have no idea what I did but I'm definitely to blame. These dreams are horrifying, terrifying, exhausting and crippling. They get worse the older I get. 

So I said that how I lost 100 pounds was by losing the blame-shame game. But it's not a done deal or once and for all. It's an on-going process. I have to DAILY lose the game, to lose weight, yes, but more importantly to lose feelings of failure and self-defeat and gain self-confidence and self-esteem. 

If you're nodding your head at any of this, please, get help. Run don't walk, to Al-Anon or counseling or some form of self-help or support group. Lose the stinkin thinkin, not just to lose weight, but depression and low self-esteem. Don't wait, like I did. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds without exercise workouts, gastric bypass or weight loss drug

Hi I'm mar and and I like to write provocative blog titles on how to lose weight! Today I'm sharing how I lost 100 pounds without exercise, gastric bypass or a weight loss drug. Most people are surprised but can accept that it's possible to lose without gastric bypass or a weight loss drug. But weight loss without workouts? That's harder to swallow. If you're wondering (even doubting) how I lost 100 pounds without exercise, let me explain. 

I'm not advocating no exercise. I'm not saying skip the workout routine. I did walk, swim, do yoga, chores and other normal activities. Later, I did Shipt which requires lots of exercise. I just didn't use a fitness routine. I have some physical limitations that make jogging, running, certain exercises and  fitness equipment inadvisable. And very painful. I recently had shoulder surgery which has left me permanently unable to do much lifting and overhead exercise. 

I had a sedentary work-at-home computer job before I lost 100 pounds. Did that lead to obesity? Probably in part. It was harder to lose weight being sedentary. But that was because food was so available. So I had to be more rigorous about sticking to the 1200 calorie diet. Actually, not working out made the 1200 calorie diet easier. Dr. Now of "My 600-lb Life" agrees. 

I'm not the only one to lose weight without fitness. Most gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life" are bedridden or chair bound. But they manage to shed hundreds of pounds on the 1200 calorie diet. Dr. Now of course, encourages them to move, walk, do daily activities. But too much exercise in the initial stages of weight loss just make you hungrier. My obesity wasn't to the point of "My 600-lb Life." But I did find that Dr. Now was right. Cravings and hunger are easier to manage with basic movement vs. a hardcore fitness workout. 

Weight loss is work, work, work. What I mean is finding a program that works for you and sticking with it. If a workout routine doesn't work, then work around it. That worked for me! 

Monday, June 28, 2021

"My 600-lb Life" doc nixes Taco Bell: fast food no friend to weight loss

You guys probably know by now that I love the weight loss show "My 600-lb Life" and gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan (Dr. Now for short). I like the "My 600-lb Life" success stories but even the fails provide useful insight. Recently, Dr. Now was chided in an article for his "bizarre" Taco Bell rant. And nobody talks down Dr. Now on my watch, so buckle up cuz Imma rant a little. 

Why would the "My 600-lb Life" bariatric surgeon pick on Taco Bell specifically? Well, duh, because most of the gastric bypass patients have horrific fast food addictions and Taco Bell tops the list. It's how they got overweight! And duh again, because there's literally nothing on the Taco Bell menu that fits the gastric bypass diet. 

Dr. Now's meal plan isn't just a 1200 calorie diet. The bariatric surgeon lists specific foods to avoid to fix obesity: HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) refined sugar, high sodium and white foods (rice, potatoes, white flour, bread and pasta). So sorry, no Spanish rice, flour tortilla shells, burritos, tacos! There's also little room in a 1200 calorie diet for high caloric corn, or refried beans, or fatty ground beef, or cheese, or sour cream, so bye-bye nachos, corn tortillas, tostadas, enchiladas, yada-yadas. 

My obesity never reached the levels of "My 600-lb Life." But I was morbidly obese. And part of how I lost 100 pounds, without gastric bypass (small pause for cheer) was to follow a 1200 pound diet as if I was going to have bariatric surgery. So fast food is off the table because it is no friend to weight loss and best buddies with obesity. 

Oh sure, there may be some pathetic little salads squeezed in at the bottom of the McDonald's BK, KFC even Taco Bell menus. But we didn't get overweight eating salad. We go to those places for McWhoppers and Kentucky Fried Crunch Wraps. I would encourage anyone who wants to lose weight to nix fast food, period. None of the menus are weight loss friendly. Virtually nothing fits the 1200 calorie diet. I could have one enchilada or burrito. But that won't fill me up now, let alone when I was overweight! Fast food just causes needless temptation and frustration.  

How I lost 100 pounds with liver and colon cleanse: detox foods to lose weight

I've been blogging about how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass surgery or a weight loss drug. I've shared diet food swaps and mind over platter (mental health) tips to lose weight. But now we come to the part of the weight loss show that you may find objectionable: the detox cleanse. I was able to heal obesity, literally, by purging the pudge. 

What is a detox cleanse? It's diuretic or laxative that helps you (here's the gross part) pee and poop out toxins that have built up in the colon, liver, kidneys and other organs. Meds, pain relievers, prescription drugs and foods like refined sugar, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), transfat, additives and chemical preservatives toxify organs. A liver detox cleanse can help purify organs and lose weight. 

Using a chemical diuretic or laxative (cleanse) however, can do as much harm as toxins. Fortunately, there are natural liver cleanses that work just as well to fight obesity and help with weight loss. Most are found in everyday foods. 

Fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber work is a laxative and colon cleanse. Beans and legumes are a great source of both. But part of how I lost 100 pounds was to avoid beans and also soy (I'll talk more about why later). The best fiber sources to cleanse, detox and lose weight are leafy greens, grapefruit, lemons, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, seeds, flax, berries and oats and apple cider vinegar supplements. Sweet potatoes and squash work well too, but I tend to avoid for weight loss because they are high carb and calorie. 

But fiber works best with fat believe it or not. Keto dieters eat all kinds of fats but I tend to focus on on MUFA and PUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids). I do eat some saturated fats from lean meat and coconut oil. Nuts, nut and seed butter and avocado are good source of fatty acids also. They're also super high calorie so I use peanut powder and plant protein supplements. I use avocado for baking in place of higher cholesterol eggs 

The keto diet relies almost entirely on fats but I found that how I lost 100 pounds involved balancing good fats or fatty acids, fiber and lean protein. I make colon detox smoothies with plant protein powder, one half lemon or grapefruit (rind and all), spinach and mixed berries ( blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries). I also use keto coffee and coconut oil supplements which are high in MCT medium chain triglycerides. 


Thursday, June 24, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds and Feedburner too!

Greetings! Did you notice the fancy-schmancy new "subscribe" box on this blog? (hint ---->) Apparently, my old follow by email tool, Feedburner, is dying. In-the-know techies have been warning of its demise for ages. But did I listen? Nope! Not till scammers started trying to sell me email tools. 

HTML is the part of the show, at which your blog author fails. I can blog weight loss all day, but how a blog actually works? Meh, not so much. 

But now we have a new, improved way to stay up-to-date (yay!). You can get bytes of weight loss info delivered to your hot little mailbox. I'm so proud that I figured this out! As my youngest son would say, "way to get into this decade, Mom!" 

So if you're interested in how I lost 100 pounds, or diet food swaps and recipes, or "My 600-lb Life" dish, or mind over platter tips (my cute name for diet psychology) or Jedi mind tricks for weight loss or you just want to hang out, as they say on Youtube, "hit subscribe!" 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

"My 600-lb Life" links obesity and depression but weight loss is an antidepressant

I don't think anyone can watch "My 600-lb Life" and miss the connection between obesity and depression. And that's really depressing, BUT it's also encouraging to see how much happier people are when they lose weight. Is weight loss an antidepressant? I lost 100 pounds, diabetes and depression, and I'm giving that two thumbs way up! 

"My 600-lb Life" reveals heart-breaking stories of obesity. Think "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" multiplied hundreds of times. Sadly for Gilbert's mom, gastric bypass surgery was not an option and certainly not a reality TV show like "My 600-lb Life." But even if it was, she would not participated. Which brings me to the point of this post: the obesity/depression connection.

Which came first, depression or obesity? From my own experience being overweight, I'd have to say depression. And weirdly, so was taking an antidepressant. I got overweight after back to back pregnancies which ended in stillbirths. I took Paxil which dulled all my senses including happiness. It removed my built-in limit switches, causing me to overeat without realizing it. 

Then a doctor suggested gastric bypass (in fact he said I'd never be able to lose weight without it). Now I don't take being told "you can't" well. Through the depression and Paxil-induced blur, I heard a challenge. I asked my Higher Power for help and together, we lost 100 pounds. And I cannot begin to tell you how superior weight loss is to Paxil as an antidepressant! 

If you're struggling with depression or weight problems, either under or overweight, I'm praying and pulling for you! Blessings and Love! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds listening to John Lennon

Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to follow the wisdom of John Lennon. Seriously. Lennon said "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." Well, that is kinda what happened with my weight loss. When I set out to lose weight, I had a goal in mind (control freak here, raising her hand). But what I planned and how much I lost were two different things. BUT that turned out to be not so bad. Here's why. 

See, in this weight loss thing, I've learned a few things. 1) There is a master of the universe and 2) it's not me. My higher power (as Al-Anon calls it) whom I chose to call God, designed me. He made my body to know where I need to be, weight-wise, to be healthy. 

So I lost 100 pounds, obesity, diabetes, yada yada. But then weight loss stalled. I wanted to lose more (remember the control freak?) I had that magic number in mind. I got close, but not quite where I wanted to be. I kept doing what I was doing, following the diet, etc. I hadn't failed. I just hit a certain point and shoop, the door closed. Then I gained some back (still following the diet, mind you). 

I was, in a word, P-O'd. I didn't want to be that person who lost weight only to put it back on again. To have the naysayer in my head confirmed, "see I knew you couldn't do it." But then I realized maybe I'm right where I need to be. Maybe enough weight loss happened (while I was busy making other plans) and my body (designed by my higher power) said, we're good. 

Some BMI scales say I'm still overweight. Others don't. Does it matter? Meh, I don't think so. The big thing is that I'm healthier. And happier. Maybe the control freak can surrender the reins (which I never really had control of anyway) to the higher power and give thanks for what I have. 

Thanks for reading! <3

How I lost 100 pounds losing fattitude: lose weight nixing "fat think"

I talked earlier about how I lost 100 pounds (without gastric bypass) with fattitude adjustment. Fattitude is what I call "fat think" or the obesity mindset. Al-Anon calls it stinkin thinkin. And boy howdy, can it derail weight loss. To lose weight, I had to identify fattitude problems and readjust "fat think" to mentally healthier. 

First, what exactly is fattitude? It looks a little different for each person. "My 600-lb Life" shows examples. Folks on "My 600-lb Life" seek gastric bypass. Their fattitude involves self-pity, blaming others and making excuses for obesity. Their stinkin thinkin clouds reason.  Despite blatantly ignoring the gastric bypass diet, they fully expect to to lose weight. 

"My 600-lb Life" shows extreme examples of obesity. But you don't have to be that overweight or overweight at all, to have fat think. That's what anorexia, or body image dysmorphia, is all about--stinkin thinkin that sees through distorted glass. 

I had a form of anorexia, or body image dysmorphia, through elementary school to college. I saw myself as fat, even at 108 pounds. I got overweight after losing two babies and taking an antidepressant. But I didn't see it because my anorexia (fattitude) always showed me obese. 

It wasn't easy to readjust body image dysmorphia. Some days I see fat and only fat everywhere. I'm never sure I'm seeing myself accurately or through that carnival funhouse mirror called anorexia. But I know, because Al-Anon tells me so, that it's about progress, not perfection. Even after weight loss, I will still have SOME bulges. But they are minimizing. And best of all, I can see that. 

I don't know if I lost 100 pounds when I began to see progress or weight loss caused me to see progress. What I mean is, did I just fix obesity without fixing my head? I hope the former. Because changing body without changing mind is about as ineffective as gastric bypass without eating habit change. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds by changing my tune: Mind over Platter weight loss

Greetings my dear friends! In today's episode of "how I lost 100 pounds" (without gastric bypass) we explore the psychology of obesity and weight loss. You may have noticed my plan to lose weight focuses as much on mental/emotional as physical changes. I call the obesity mindset "fattitude" (what Al-Anon calls stinkin thinkin" and the mental resets necessary for weight loss "mind over platter." I've developed many mind over platter concepts from stories of gastric bypass patients on the show "My 600-lb Life."

Many of the overweight people on "My 600-lb Life" are shown making excuses, whining, throwing fits when told to lose weight. It's easy to fault their behavior. But it's important for those trying to lose weight (and maybe everyone) to look in our own backyard, to see where we may be kiboshing our weight loss with fattitude problems.  

I heard myself in some of the "My 600-lb Life" patients, the constant complaining, whining. Maybe not to that extent, but I realized that if I didn't do something different, I could end up at that point. People with morbid obesity are no different than anyone who is overweight. They are not freaks. They are just farther down the path. Getting to that point could happen to anyone and but for the grace of God, go I. 

Part of  how I lost 100 pounds was to examine my own stinkin thinkin (self-pity, blame/shame, resentment, defeat, feeling victimized). I started listening very carefully to the negative, self-defeating songs I was singing, the litanies I was repeating in my head. And then I began to change the tune. The process was very much like the Al-Anon 12 step program.  

This "fattitude" adjustment may seem to have nothing to do with weight loss. In fact, shedding negativity, low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, feeling of helplessness has EVERYTHING to do with it. Before I lost 100 pounds, I was powerless over food. I was extremely overweight and now I'm not. If I just fix the physical without dealing with the mental and emotional, it won't do any good. Just like gastric bypass won't lose weight without habit changes. I'm not sure I could lose weight without healing my mind. 

So it's not perfect and neither am I. But it's progress not perfection as Al-Anon says, one day at a time. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds and diabetes reading labels: nutrition data weight loss tips

Greetings! Ready for another lesson on how I lost 100 pounds and diabetes without gastric bypass? Today's weight loss wisdom to read labels. To lose weight, I had to track calories and nutrition data. But I was also on the lookout for hidden enemies, like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and added sugar. Added and even artificial sugar are great pals with obesity and diabetes. 

If further proof of how important reading labels is to lose weight, watch "My 600-lb Life. The reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" shows patients' lifestyles before gastric bypass. It's not hard to connect the dots from eating habits, obesity and finally bariatric surgery.  But, happily, we also see dramatic weight loss from changed habits on the gastric bypass diet. Dr. Now's 1200 calorie diet requires overweight folks to count but also read. 

Overweight people like myself, have a bad habit of ignoring the nutrition data on foods. In fact, product labeling developed partly to curb obesity and diabetes. Restaurants have begun posting nutrition data. One big step toward weight loss is to stop mindlessly eating and start reading.  "My 600-lb Life" follow-up episodes show successes taking charge of their eating.   

Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to read ALL the nutrition data: the RDA (recommended daily amount) part but also the ingredients. I'm counting calories, protein, carbs, sodium, sugar and fat content.  I'm also sourcing where those things come from. Is is transfat, saturated fat, MUFA or PUFA? Where does the sugar come from? How much is added sugar? Is it high fructose corn syrup? I must not be alone because I've noticed that having to list what's actually in products has made manufacturer's more responsive to what people are trying to avoid. Now products are advertising "no transfat" and "no HFCS." 

And added sugar and HFCS are EVERYWHERE! Used to be transfat was the one to watch for. Thankfully that's less common now. But even I, a long-timer label reader, get surprised by lurking HFCS and sugar. Today, I noticed, for the first time, that stewed tomatoes have 6 grams of sugar, 3 grams of which is added sugar! 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

"My 600-lb Life" inspired keto diet food swaps for egg rolls

One of the most laughed-at folks on "My 600-lb Life" is James K and his "regg rolls." People (NOT me) find it hilarious that this overweight man lays in bed demanding them. I heard the meme so often that I thought Regg Rolls was a restaurant chain down south. Come to find out, he just meant egg rolls. Well, no one's laughing now because poor James K. lost his battle with obesity and passed away. 

This episode of "My 600-lb Life" got me thinking about how cravings derail weight loss. But they don't need to. James K. could have egg rolls and still lose weight. Even Dr. Now's gastric bypass diet would have approved. You just need to make simple keto diet food swaps and your egg rolls will kick obesity butt. 

The secret to how I lost 100 pounds with gastric bypass was to find diet food swaps for favorite foods. To satisfy cravings and lose weight, identify what you're craving about favorite foods. I'm guessing "My 600-lb Life" James K hankered for the filling in egg rolls. And that can be made super keto weight loss-friendly by skipping the wonton. Here are diet food swaps for breadless rainbow diet egg rolls. (Rainbow diet helps you lose weight by eating foods from the different color groups). 

In a food processor, grind raw chicken breast to hamburger consistency. Saute in 1 T. coconut oil. Season with Bragg's liquid amino, minced garlic, black pepper and ginger. Shred one carrot, 1 c. napa or celery cabbage, 1 c. purple cabbage, 1/2 each seeded red and yellow pepper and two scallions.  Stir in 1/4 cup chicken bone broth and continue cooking till veggies are tender. Add fresh squeezed lime juice. 

Skip the wonton or if ya just gotta have it, top with a few wonton strips. Remember less bread or breadless equals more weight loss! Sub soy sauce with Bragg's liquid amino. Skip the lurid red candy-sweet and sour sauce. Make a blend of grated ginger and horseradish, apple cider vinegar, lime and pineapple juice and little low sugar ketchup. Horseradish, ginger and vinegar help lose weight because they are gut cleanses with keto fat-burning properties. Rainbow diet vegetables are fat burners too. 

Stay tuned for more on how I lost 100 pounds, plus ways to avoid obesity and gastric bypass. 

Keto crab rangoon dip recipe for weight loss: breadless diet food swaps

Raise your hand if you love crab rangoon! Us too! In fact, I blame Chinese buffets for my obesity, LOL. Not really, I take full credit for getting overweight. But also for the fact that I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or a weight loss drug. I also didn't stop eating foods I like. I just made up low calorie recipes using keto diet food swaps. And today's is breadless, no-wonton crab rangoon dip that actually helps you lose weight! 

I wrote recently that I turn foods inside out to lose weight. I take the good stuff off and out of the bread wrapper and eat just that. I can swing just about anything breadless or low carb. Crab rangoon is a classic example. I don't need that deep-fried, high calorie wonton wrapper. It's the gooey innards I crave! 

And it's the yummy crab rangoon guts that aid weight loss. My keto crab rangoon dip or filling is super low carb and high protein. Here's the recipe with keto diet food swaps. 

Crab rangoon dip (with keto diet food swaps)

1 6 oz can crab

two chopped scallions

1/4 cup full fat Greek yogurt (full fat dairy products better diet food swaps) 

2 oz cream cheese

T. parmesan cheese (keto friendly cuz it contains no carbs)

1 teas. Worcestershire sauce 

dash of garlic powder and lemon juice

Soften cream cheese and blend in other ingredients. Don't drain crab. If you need it sweeter, add a little monk fruit sweetener or stevia. 

Enjoy with breadless crudities like cucumber spears, celery or green pepper strips. You won't miss the wonton, promise. And, you can eat the entire bowl for only 200 calories! Stay tuned for more keto diet food swaps to lose weight. 

How I lost 100 pounds with "Inside Out" breadless diet food swaps

Hiya fwiends! This blog explores how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass surgery or a weight loss drug. Today's anti-obesity tip is to eat "Inside Out" foods. I'll 'splain. To lose weight and minus calories and carbs, I eliminate the bun, bread or wrapper and eat just the filling. I create breadless, low carb and keto versions of favorite foods using diet food swaps. 

I lost 100 pounds about seven years ago with these diet food swaps. Since then I started watching the show "My 600-lb Life" and found some commonalities in folks with morbid obesity. One is our addiction to food in and on bread (wraps, crust, buns, rolls, crackers, etc.) Usually what's inside or on top is fairly healthy (meat, veggies) sans the bread carb overload. So my diet food swaps swing recipes low carb by "de-breading" it. 

The overweight folks on "My 600-lb Life" are shown eating bread-based foods like pizza, egg rolls, sandwiches, burgers and deep-fried, breaded chicken. Unless it's gluten-free plant-based or keto bread with high protein and fiber, most bread and breading are empty calories. Most breads have sugar or HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). To lose weight, gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Now has them switch to grilled foods vs. breaded and deep fried. 

Breads and breading are linked not only to obesity but also diabetes. Sugar is the usual target for diabetes. But it's actually overeating carbs in general. So low carb keto bread is great for weight loss and treating diabetes.  "My 600-lb Life" Dr. Now's  gastric bypass diet is mostly breadless.  

When I was overweight, I developed a passion for egg rolls and crab rangoon. Then I realized it's the filling I love, not the wonton. So I turn it inside out, eat only the filling and ditch the wrapper. I wrap burritos in cabbage leaves and make breadless sandwiches by using large romaine leaves. I make taco salad instead of tacos and nix the tortillas. I dip cut veggies in salsa instead of chips. I nix cracker based appetizers (a big cause of my obesity) and make charcuterie with olives, cheese and meat. Eliminating bread is how I lost 100 pounds.  

How I lost 100 pounds cutting calories in favorite foods: recipes for weight loss

 You can see in the before and after pictures below that I was very overweight at one time. This blog explores how I lost 100 pounds to outrun obesity. One of  my favorite ways to lose weight is by cutting calories in favorite foods. I use the show "My 600-lb Life" to get ideas. The gastric bypass patients always mention cravings for certain trigger foods. Here are diet food swaps and recipe tips for weight loss. 

Weight loss doesn't require starvation. In fact, not eating enough can actually derail weight loss. But it does mean changing habits. Before gastric bypass, overweight folks on "My 600-lb Life" always eat huge portions. Dr. Now puts them on a 1200 calorie diet after bariatric surgery. You can get pretty full on 1200 calories and still lose weight. Because shedding obesity is about eating less but also eating smarter.  

I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass. I didn't eat special diet food. I made the same meals I made my family only I made my portion lighter (and smaller).  That's another trick "My 600-lb Life" patients have to learn is portion control. On the 1200 calorie diet, I eat many of the same foods, just less and with diet food swaps.  

I use diet food swaps in favorite recipes. Ground chicken breast is great for weight loss. So I'll use that in my diet pasta and Mexican food recipes. I'd make my lil corner of a casserole without cheese, for example. I use black bean and edamame pasta. I make my own "obesity busting" lowfat soups and bone broth (more protein) using Bragg's Liquid Amino (for healthy sodium). 

None of these diet recipe food swaps is any great shake in and of themselves. But they added up to 100 pound weight loss! They took my from overweight to normal BMI, or fat to fit! 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds by staying full: Eat more to lose weight (seriously!)

This blog chronicles how I lost 100 pounds after spiraling into morbid obesity. The biggest battle in weight loss is to curb hunger. Managing hunger is so difficult for those trying to lose weight that many turn to appetite suppressants or a weight loss drug like the newly approved Wegovy. But I found that staying full, ergo eating more, actually helped me lose weight better than diet pills. And Dr. Nowzaradan of "My 600-lb Life" concurs, believe it or not. 

"My 600-lb Life" explores chronic obesity. You would think that if anyone would recommend appetite suppressants or a weight loss drug, it would be a bariatric surgeon prepping patients for gastric bypass. But Dr. Now doesn't even address diet pills. Instead, the "My 600-lb Life" doc teaches overweight patients to follow a 1200 calorie diet. This is a surprisingly generous amount compared to the popular 800 calorie diet that some gastric bypass patients are put on. 

You'd think that such morbid obesity would require a stricter 800 calorie diet. Certainly, the more you have to lose, the less you should eat, right? No because that weight loss equation doesn't factor in hunger and metabolism.  A 1200 calorie diet helps manage cravings and lose weight because it helps you stay fuller. Notice I said full-ER. 

I lost 100 pounds and though I'm never full up, I feel satisfied with the 1200 calorie diet. My blood sugar stays consistent and I have more energy than I would on an 800 calorie diet. My metabolism is better so I burn calories more efficiently. I don't feel jittery like I do with some appetite suppressants either. I'll blog more about how diet pills can actually deter weight loss tomorrow. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Diet low carb, lowfat tacos and taco salad recipes: Mexican food swaps for weight loss

What is with this crazy obsession with tacos? Mexican food, tacos, burritos and nachos dominate the pub grub scene. They're about to overtake McWhoppers as the fast food of choice. This blog chronicles how I lost 100 pounds and one essential step to lose weight was creating recipes with diet food swaps. Use these diet recipes to swing Mexican food weight loss friendly. 

The show "My 600-lb Life" explores morbid obesity. Overweight folks seeking gastric bypass are shown eating a lot of fast food. One overweight "My 600-lb Life" participant had admitted to a $100 A DAY fast food addiction. Mexican food like tacos, nachos and burritos are frequent flyers on "My 600-lb Life" tables. 

Made right, like our favorites places in Southwest Detroit (Mexicantown), Mexican food is pretty healthy. But the Taco Bell way, uh-uh. Restaurant food is bad enough, but fast food is basically obesity (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease) in a paper wrapper. 

Dr. Now teaches his gastric bypass patients to cook at home. That's part of how I lost 100 pounds, cooking recipes with lighter food swaps, beginning with Mexican food. I blame tacos for making  me overweight, LOL!  But I was able to lose weight with these protein and veggie forward diet recipes. 

Inside Out Tacos for weight loss

Tacos fail at weight loss in one word: tortillas. And they're very high- glycemic, so avoid if you have diabetes. Switch to low carb keto flatbread with high protein, or go straight keto and eliminate the tortillas chips and shells. Instead of wrapping food in carbs, turn tacos inside out. 

Make a low carb taco salad. If you just can't lose the tortilla (raises hand here) toss in a few chip crumbs. OR, my favorite, swap a little frozen corn (cooked or just thawed) or hominy in your taco salad. I hate flour tortillas and love corn tortillas. I found hominy hits that sweet spot with about a third of the calories. It isn't low carb but it is high fiber at least. 

Swap beef for ground chicken. Season with lime juice, smoky chipotle paprika, cumin, celery salt, oregano, garlic, cinnamon and onion flakes. 24 g of protein for just 100 calories. Make a salad of shredded  lettuce, purple cabbage, carrots, cilantro, diced peppers, tomatoes and onions. Top with meat. 

Skip the cheese and sour cream or use less to lose weight. This was hard at first, but I found I didn't even miss the cheese. Keto diet wisdom says parmesan is the best cheese for weight loss so try that. Top with salsa verde and a little peach pineapple chipotle salsa. Muy bien, taco salad! 

Eating like this, m'dears was how I lost 100 pounds, diabetes and hypertension!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds with "fattitude" adjustment

Hello welcome to the meeting, lol! Today I'll talk about how I lost 100 pounds with "fattitude" adjustment. No you didn't read that wrong. And you're probably wondering what the heck a "fattitude" is. It's a word I coined to describe my attitude about being fat, prior to weight loss. It's a manifestation of what Al-Anon calls stinkin thinkin. This obesity mindset if you will is part low self-esteem, part body image dysmorphia and part nasty attitude of self-pity that caused me to make excuses for my obesity. 

Low self-esteem is directly attributable to obesity, if you comfort eat to feel better. A constant feeling of failure made me sluggish and exhausted. I hated not just that I was overweight. I hated and was ashamed of myself overall. It shows in pictures of me before and after weight loss. I looked awkward and miserable because I was. This stinkin thinkin almost killed me, but thanks to Al-Anon and my higher power. 

It also led to the body image dysmorphia part of my fattitude, which was kind anorexia and kind of the opposite. It's not only slender people who have anorexia (body image dysmorphia). Overweight people struggle to see themselves clearly. I had always seen myself as fat. But I also didn't recognize my own obesity and waited a long time to lose weight. 

Before I lost 100 pounds, clearly, I had some stinkin thinkin. Even after weight loss, I still have some issues with anorexia. I'm often afraid to eat because I'm terrified of going back to overweight. I continue to work to lose weight, but also the fattitude. I keep on keeping on as Al-Anon says. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A-Z mood lifters for depression and weight loss: Natural antidepressants to distract from food

Ever notice how the people on "My 600-lb Life" seem so miserable? Obesity and depression are old friends. Even being just a little overweight, or trying to lose weight, can be depressing.  One big factor is food addiction or obsession (constantly thinking about eating). Part of how I lost 100 pounds and also beat depression was with natural mood lifters. They helped me curb hunger by taking my mind off food. I call them my natural appetite suppressants! Here are A-Z mood lifters for depression and weight loss    

A is for attitude adjustment. Negativity kills mood. Seek out joys. This one helped me a ton with weight loss.

B is for blissings. The spelling error is intentional. "Blissing" happens when we appreciate blessings. 

C is for change. Change of heart, outlook, maybe relationships or environment, can unblock the joy. 

D is ditch the drugs
. The more pharmaceuticals you're on the worse depression seems to get. Even appetite suppressants or a weight loss drug can cause irritability, anxiety, etc. 

E is for exercise. Obesity slows you down. But the reverse is also true. Inactivity leads to obesity. The overweight folks on "My 600-lb Life" are always sitting. Increasing activity decreases depression plus helps lose weight. It increases metabolism, so you have more energy and feel healthy-tired, not just mopey-lethargic. Suggestions? Playground with kids, bike rides, walks, swimming. 

F is for family and friends. Reconnect with children, siblings, parents. Make new friends and refresh old friendships. Happy relationships are great antidepressants!  

G is for growth. Try new things. Boredom causes depression. "My 600-lb Life" folks talk about food addiction. That's because they do nothing but sit and eat. Keeping busy is a great way to curb hunger and lose weight.

H is for Higher Power. Whoever you worship and however you do it, connect with your higher power as Al-Anon calls it. 

I is for intimacy. It doesn't have to involve the s-word, but touch is good. Touch releases feel-good endorphins (a natural antidepressant).  A lot of "My 600-lb Life" folks were good-touch deprived as kids. They obsess on comfort food because it has become their friend. 

J is for joy. Joy and sadness aren't mutually exclusive. 
Kahlil Gibran calls joy "sorrow unmasked." Like empty nest syndrome--we're sad to lose what made us happy.  Embrace the source of sorrow, to re-find joy. 

K is for know thyself. Many of us didn't get overweight just from overeating. There were a lot of issues involved. Explore those experiences and emotions. I lost 100 pounds and depression when I sourced and dealt with these struggles. Al-Anon wisdom was a great help. 

L is for live. Don't sit by the window watching life pass. That's the "all aboard" for depression and weight gain. Go. Do. Be. Try. 

M is for preventative maintenance. We aren't cogs in a machine. But we both need running repairs. Take down time. Tune up. 

N is for nothing
. Many of us have endless to-do lists. Yet one thing we never do enough is...nothing. Get off the Tilt-a-Whirl and just exist awhile. 

O is for organic. Which is what we are. As such, we need nourishment for soul, mind and body to prevent burnout. It's too easy to turn to comfort food and avoid what we really need. 

P is for purge. We spring clean our homes, why not our minds? Get rid of negative. Spruce up positive. 

Q is for quiet. Still your mind. It's okay to let cares go awhile. They'll be there when you return. 

R is for relax. Hi, I'm Mar and I'm a workaholic. And that's depressing. Do something fun, just for you, not work related. 

S is for smile. Schmaltzy, but it works. You smile at people, they smile back. Nice.  

T is for turn off TV, internet, cellphone. Quit staring at that depressing screen. Go outside. Commune with nature. Rejuvenate.

U is for unplug. Take a technology break. To find weight loss, lose the devices and go camping, fishing or hiking. Get a natural antidepressant buzz! 

V is for real vs. virtual and vicarious. Skip video games. Play live tennis or Scrabble. Cook. Don't just watch cooking shows. Mood lifter plus confidence booster!

W is for weigh. Maybe you're depressed because you're facing big choices. Weigh options. Evaluate. Determine what needs to be changed, what needs to be accepted. You'd be surprised how doing this helped me lose weight! 

X is for cross out. Uncheck, scribble out hurtful actions, yours and others'. Get away from unsafe people and toxic behavior. Avoid toxic thoughts (what Al-Anon calls stinkin thinkin)

Y is for why are you depressed? Use the acronym HALTS. Are you hungry, angry, lonely, tired, sick--tend to those needs to heal. 

Z is for Zzzz. Sleep restores body and mood. 

Blessing and blissing to you all! Love, mar


Monday, June 7, 2021

Weight loss drug and "My 600-lb Life" show stinkin thinkin about obesity

You may have read that the FDA approved a new weight loss drug, one of the pharmaceutical appetite suppressants called Wegovy. USA Today shared how one trial user was able to lose weight on these diet pills. Her frankly disturbing comments echo "My 600-lb Life" participants and show "stinkin thinkin" (thank you Al-Anon) about obesity. 

The Wegovy weight loss drug user said it's unrealistic to expect someone with chronic obesity to lose weight on "this or that diet." She said she's tried many diets and realized weight loss wasn't about willpower and that she had "something physical" that made her unable to lose weight. Very overweight gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life" exhibit the same stinkin thinkin. What's stinkin thinkin? That's the Al-Anon term for disordered, self-destructive thought patterns. 

There's 3-prong stinkin thinkin going on here. First, the fatalistic notion that obesity is a genetic condition that requires diet pills. Obesity is nothing more than being very overweight. Unlike Prader-Willi Syndrome (a condition that causes people to feel constant hunger) obesity is not a disease of its own, only in that it leads to diseases like diabetes. Obesity doesn't cause you to overeat; you get obese by overeating. 

 "My 600-lb Life" participants often trot out Prader-Willi Syndrome to justify their failure to control eating. First, Prader-Willi is extremely rare. Dr. Now is always quick to set gastric bypass patients straight. It's not that they can't curb hunger, it's that they won't control eating. Also, even if you have Prader-Willi, appetite suppressants alone won't curb hunger. You have to learn new behaviors. 

Which leads to stinkin thinkin prong 2: The "special exemptions" claim to be unable to lose weight no matter what or how hard they try. I lost 100 pounds on a 1200 calorie diet. There is some meal plan that will work and if it doesn't it's the dieter's fault, not the diet. Which leads to stinkin thinkin prong 3, that obesity is inherited. 

"Fat families" doesn't mean people are predisposed to obesity. Generational obesity is down to nurture, not nature. "My 600-lb Life" shows overweight people in family settings and how they eat (terribly, too much, junk and fast food, etc.). It also shows how quickly they lose weight without any magic weight loss drug, on Dr. Now's gastric bypass 1200 calorie diet. 

Which disproves the Wegovy user's comment that willpower and self-control aren't involved. One more time for the people in the back: weight loss is ALL about learning self-control. A diet pill may help you curb hunger and lose weight but it won't help you keep pounds off. Lasting weight loss requires changing stinkin thinkin, eating habits and destructive patterns. 

I realize that all this sounds a little Draconian. I wish there was an easier way to beat obesity, but maybe it's for the best. At the bottom of food addiction (Al-Anon says with any addiction) are mental health issues which shortcuts won't address. So I'll end with the good news: I'm not the most put-together person and I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or prescribed appetite suppressants. You can too! 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds eating more: 1200 calorie diet for weight loss

Hiya friends, time for another quirky "how I lost 100 pounds" tip. Today's obesity-busting advice is to eat enough, because eating beats too-restrictive anorexia-like dieting for weight loss! "Eat This, Not That!" and explained that no matter how overweight you are, it's harder to lose weight eating too little. It's down to metabolism. 

"Eat This Not That!" says eating too few calories daily (not to be confused with intermittent fasting) causes your metabolism to slow. This freaks your body out and makes it cling on to fat for dear life. I've proved this myself. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was with a 1100 to 1200 calorie diet. It's pretty close to the "My 600-lb Life" gastric bypass diet. In theory. Because while I call it a 1200 calorie diet it is probably closer to 800 calories. 

The overweight folks on "My 600-lb Life" describe a malnourishment phobia (fear of going without food). I lost 100 pounds and in the process veered toward food phobia or anorexia. I feared that if I ate, I'd never lose weight. In colossal irony, I couldn't find anything that would fill me up, so I just ate nothing. My metabolism tanked, not surprisingly. So I tried eating the 1200 calorie diet, with intermittent fasting and stayed mostly full and restarted weight loss. 

You'd think that the more extreme the obesity, the fewer calories required for weight loss. But this metabolism thing applies to obesity as well as anorexia. Even the gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life" lose weight like crazy if they follow the 1200 calorie diet. Even intermittent fasting calls for some calorie consumption. And I lost 100 pounds by eating more so there's something to "Eat This Not That" advice. 

Best to you! love, mar

"My 600-lb Life" obesity shows food is socially acceptable addiction

Rising obesity rates prove some oddly variant perceptions of addiction. Substitute "alcohol" "or "drugs" for "food" in these statements (taken from the reality TV show "My 600-lb Life") and you'll see why. 

"I live for food (drugs)." 

"Food (alcohol) is my best friend." 

"I can't go 15 minutes without food (drugs)"

"Food (alcohol) comforts me."

The usual response to admitted food addiction is a sympathetic nod. The folks on "My  600-lb Life" can make these outlandish statements because they know it's acceptable. But drug or alcohol addiction would get a cold stare, harsh criticism, ostracization and very probably a police or APS call...if someone actually had the courage admit drug reliance. 

If someone was staggering down the street drunk or stoned, we'd be horrified. We even shame marijuana use when it has proven health benefits and is debatably safer that most OTC meds. It's definitely safer than prescription painkillers and opioids. But we think nothing of obesity. It takes a show like "My 600-lb Life" to wake us up to the fact that food addiction is every bit as dangerous as drug or alcohol addiction.  

Why the disparate responses to drug addiction and obesity? Because being overweight is socially acceptable whereas being drug addicted is not.  We get food addiction and overeating. Many of us are overweight and struggle with the same thing. And we shame what we do not understand. 

This blog explores how I lost 100 pounds. And I found that even weight loss is less understood than being overweight. When you lose weight, people treat you differently. Some genuinely admire your hard work. But others express jealousy. It's as if weight loss is a commodity with limited access. 

So what's my point? Shame doesn't fix any addiction. A little empathy goes a long way, as long as it doesn't turn into enabling. And about weight loss? The good news is that everyone can lose weight if they want to! I lost 100 pounds and while it wasn't easy, it wasn't as difficult as being overweight.  

Saturday, June 5, 2021

"My 600-lb Life" proves shocking facts on weight loss, obesity and weight gain

Are you ready for some shocking facts on obesity? Buckle up, cause I've been blogging about how I lost 100 pounds and it came as a jolt to me. You always hear on the gastric bypass show "My 600-lb Life" how hard weight loss is. But from a very divergent source, my husband, I learned that it's actually much harder to gain rather than lose weight. 

The gastric bypass reality TV "My 600-lb Life has taught me a lot. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was not to follow these examples of morbid obesity. But my husband has never been overweight. 

The man eats like he's obese, but has actually been underweight. During our recent bout with Covid 19, he lost 17 pounds in 10 days! His mother also struggled to gain weight. 

So I'll admit to feeling jealous of those folks who don't have to try to lose weight. But here's the secret: they feel the same way about overweight people. And that battle is much worse. If Dr. Nowzaradan of "My 600-lb Life" expects 30-lb weight loss in a month prior to gastric bypass, it must be doable. His 1200 calorie is practically fool-proof if (big if!) the bariatric surgery patients will follow it. 

However, weight gain, not so much. People like my husband can literally eat anything they want. Minus Covid 19, my husband eats like a horse! He also has a super fast metabolism, whereas obesity slows metabolism. That's why so many overweight folks have metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, pre-diabetes). 

But not all who are underweight have a speedy metabolism. Some have the same issues as overweight people: diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart failure and more. And too much calorie restricting halts metabolism as well, and makes the body store fat. We're slowly fattening him up after his Covid 19 weight loss. At least he's gaining at the same recommended pace to lose weight, 1-2 pounds a week.

So what have we learned today, children? I'll go first. I've learned to be careful what I wish for, to count my blessings and do the best I can with whatever God has put in my life. Love you all! 

How I lost 100 pounds without weight loss drugs: Mind over Platter tips to curb hunger

I just wrote a blog post on the newly FDA-approved weight loss drug, Wegovy. It's a chemical appetite suppressant used to treat obesity. This blog is devoted to sharing how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or diet pills. I'm concerned that chemical weight loss drugs curb hunger but at what health cost? The "My 600-lb Life" reality TV show hears the many excuses folks make to avoid following the 1200 calorie diet. I'm predicting that Wegovy will be used as just another diet cheat. But happily, you can lose weight without them. 

We don't need "My 600-lb Life" to prove that obesity is a huge problem. Just look around. I looked in the mirror and didn't like how overweight I was. Here's how lost 100 pounds, 10 BMI points and 9 dress sizes. I curb hunger without weight loss drugs with natural plant-based appetite suppressants and fat burners (raspberry ketones, green tea, garcinia cambogia and cinnamon). 

But most of my weight loss was down to learning self-control and exercising willpower. I use what I call "mind over platter" or Jedi mind tricks. (LOL). These emotional (spiritual) health resets help me not only curb hunger but also stinkin thinkin (thank you Al-Anon). 

"My 600-lb Life" proves patients need more than just gastric bypass. They struggle as much with the emotional as the physical struggle of being overweight. They confuse wanting food with needing it. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to sort out my relationship with food. Hunger and cravings were constant. Along with the weight loss supplements, my "mind over platter" tricks help me psych myself full and curb hunger. Here are my psychological appetite suppressants. 

Get used to feeling a little hungry all the time. The truth is there's no magic bean that will completely curb hunger plus make you lose weight. Green tea helps--caffeine products are good appetite suppressants but they can also increase hunger so use with caution. 

Use any appetite suppressants with not instead of portion control. Weight loss drugs and diet pills like Wegovy don't teach new eating habits like a 1200 calorie diet does.  

Think of hunger as an ally instead of enemy. When you feel hungry, use it as an alarm clock. Perhaps you're working too hard and need a break. Get some fresh air to take your mind off food cravings. Maybe you really do need to eat. Starving yourself doesn't make you lose weight. Food deprivation borks your metabolism and can make you gain weight. Maybe you're just thirsty (the body confuses hunger and thirst). 

Mind over platter or, what's really the matter?  Are you lonely and "hungry" for companionship, love, human interaction or a hug. Bypass the comfort food (junk food) which doesn't satisfy for time with loved ones. It's not as simple as finding foods to fill you up. You have to change how you think about yourself, what you eat, how you eat and what role food fills in your life.

Mind over platter: cravings too shall pass. I was very overweight (clearly if I lost 100 pounds). And I promise you, don't despair. In early obesity, you may think you'll never get full on the 1200 calorie diet. But you will as your stomach shrinks with weight loss.  

Lose weight by learning to be satisfied with less. Redefine "feeling full."  Don't eat till you are full, or beyond, just satisfied. Weight loss happens when you stop eating when you are still a little hungry. Plus you'll feel fuller if you let your food settle instead of diving right into that second (third, 26th) helping. 

Curb hunger by appreciating what you have. When you feel hungry, consider the many who know real starvation. Keep their photos on the fridge and offer up your hunger for them. Send money you saved eating less, to missions. 

Put food in its proper place as nourishment, not solace, a friend or lover. No gastric bypass or weight loss drug or diet pill can replace this "mind over platter" trick. Practice portion control Talk yourself out of eating junk, rather than convincing yourself you deserve it. Rethink treats. Junk food is no treat if it makes you overweight, sick and tired.

Fill up your fun tank to fight obesity. Do something active, not passive (texting, video games or watching TV). You get hungrier staring at a screen and it's easier to mindlessly eat. Get outside, Garden. Volunteer, Walk the dog, kids and husband. Do housework. Make crafts with the children. Go out with friends for coffee. Romp with the kids in a pile of leaves. Take a nap or start a project. Run a tub of hot water and read. 

These are awesomely therapeutic psychological appetite suppressants lick diet pills any day!  

Weight loss drug concerns: Wegovy appetite suppressant no diet shortcut to treat obesity

The FDA just approved a new weight loss drug, Wegovy which joins Semaglutide (Ozempic, Rybelsus) to treat obesity. Should you try it for treating obesity? Please read this before you do. A quote in recent USA Today article has me concerned that overweight folks may see this appetite suppressant drug as a shortcut to diet. The participants on "My 600-lb Life" are going to party like it's 1999! They already think that bariatric surgery will magically make them lose weight. Diet pills that lets them (in their mind) change nothing and lose weight? Yikes! 

As I expected, right off the bat, a woman in the Wegovy trial said that the weight loss drug made her realize that [diet] isn't about willpower. She was one of those "tried every diet and nothing worked" folks. This always sends up red flags for me. If you can't lose weight on any meal plant, it's not the diets that have failed. Either you haven't worked it long enough or you've cheated.  Dr. Now of "My 600-lb Life" his "special exemptions" it's not CAN'T but WON'T follow the diet. 

Perhaps the Wegovy participant meant weight loss is not just about willpower. But she also said there's something "physical" about not being about to control hunger. Which to me reads like"My 600-lb Life" type excuses about having some sort of medical reason why she can't control hunger without diet pills. It also doesn't sound like they worked any better than just diet. It took her 68 weeks to lose 63 pounds. Good she's not losing weight super-fast and she will keep it off, more likely. But it still sounds like there's some reliance on the drug to fix overeating. 

I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass, with good old calorie counting, portion control and some natural appetite suppressants (cinnamon, green tea) and let me just say that whether you use them or not, weight loss is still very much about willpower and self-control. And it should be! Any weight loss drug that curbs hunger and makes you lose weight without any effort should treated very suspiciously.  

Part of how I lost 100 pounds was with appetite suppressants. But there's a world of difference between fruit based supplements and chemicals that kill your appetite. That's a common side effect of street drugs like cocaine! Remember Dexatrim diet pills? They contained an ingredient that was strongly linked with stroke and heart trouble. 

I know I sound a bit harsh. Yes, it sucks to be overweight. It's hard to curb hunger and cravings. Obesity is challenging to manage. But it can be done safely and without diet pills. Keep reading for healthy weight loss tips.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Food cravings lead to obesity but subside with weight loss

The reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" gives a good perspective into issues surrounding obesity. Two weight loss hindrances common to every participant are food addiction and food cravings. The morbidly obese gastric bypass patients talk about food as if it was heroin and hunger is withdrawal. One gal said she thinks about eating all day long. Another said there's a constant voice in her head yelling "I WANT CHOCOLATE!

Though I'm not as food addicted as the folks on "My 600-lb Life" I do understand cravings. This blog is devoted to sharing how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or other bariatric surgery. So clearly I've been overweight and struggled with overeating. And I've got a theory about cravings and obesity: the more overweight you are, the worse cravings get, but they subside as you lose weight. Said differently, it gets easier if you work your program (Al-Anon nod). 

Of course the reverse is true too: stronger cravings lead to greater obesity and mastering them is how you lose weight. Sadly, most of the gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life" are, at the risk of sounding crass, incredibly immature, self-centered, weak-willed and lazy. But as they address these bad habits and  follow Dr. Now's 1200 calorie bariatric surgery diet, they find incredible weight loss. 

I was able to lose weight when I learned to control cravings instead of letting them control me. Getting on 1200 calorie diet helped too! I'll write more about how I lost 100 pounds and ways to curb hunger tomorrow. Here's to healthy weight loss one day at a time!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

How I lost 35 pounds on a bread and water fast: spiritual fasting benefits

There's some controversy about intermittent fasting (AKA time restricted feeing or 5:2 diet) as a way to lose weight. Going without eating for long stretches, even if you're overweight, can be dangerous. But I found that a spiritual bread and water fast is beneficial health-wise and for weight loss. I lost 35 pounds without trying, thanks to spiritual fasting. 

Spiritual benefits of intermittent fasting: I'm Catholic and 30 years ago, I started following a bread and water fast twice a week on an invitation from our Blessed Mother. Getting my mind off food helped me focus on God. Not thinking about weight loss helped too. 

Emotional benefits of intermittent fasting. I thought I'd feel cranky and tired on a bread and water fast. Actually, I felt calmer on this 5:2 diet (five days normal eating, two days spiritual fasting). It was almost euphoric. I had strength to do my work and care for my kids. 

Physical benefits of time restricted feeding. Research shows the intermittent aids obesity, diabetes, hypertension and lowers cholesterol. It boosts metabolism that being overweight slows down. 

Weight loss benefits of spiritual fasting: I was overweight when I started the bread and water fast but weight loss never occurred to me. After a few months of this 5:2 diet, a friend said I looked a lot slimmer. I weighed myself and found I did lose weight: 35 pounds! I'd dropped two dress sizes and several inches off my waist.

Intermittent fasting guidelines. A bread and water fast is our calling as Catholics.  But you can amend if you're trying to lose weight with gluten free or keto diet, . Although some religious fasts require daily observance, I found that fasting on Wednesday and Friday works best. I used a modified time restricted feeding or 16:8 diet (8 hours eating, 16 not). Mine was more like 12 on, 12 off. I ate half a piece of bread every 1-2 hours, drank lots of water and took vitamin and took supplements. I didn't binge after fasting and ramped into full meals slowly (as I would after being ill).

Stay tuned for more updates on how I lost 100 pounds a few years ago.

How I lost weight with spiritual intermittent fasting

I've been blogging about how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass. But did I ever tell you the story of how I lost 35 pounds without even thinking about weight loss? 30 years ago, I followed a Catholic bread and water fast. It never entered my mind that I would lose weight. And I realized that this spiritual fasting is the same thing as the trending intermittent fasting diet AKA ADF (alternate day fasting) or the 5:2 diet. 

I started spiritual fasting after attending a retreat devoted to Our Lady of Medjugorje. In her apparition, the Blessed Mother Mary called the faithful to a bread and water fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. For a few months, I practiced alternate day fasting, or the 5:2 diet (eat normally for five days, restrict calories for two). This also resembles time restricted feeding where you only eat during certain hours of the day. 

I'd given birth about six months previous and was still carrying some baby fat. I never worried much about weight loss after having a baby. Being a busy mom, time restricted feeding and intermittent fasting was no problem, LOL. Active parents usually eat too little, not too much! In this pregnancy it  took longer to lose weight but I didn't notice. However, after a few months of the bread and water fast, someone mentioned how much thinner I looked. I had lost 35 pounds. 

Is intermittent fasting just a fad? Is it safe? Well, the 5:2 diet helped me lose weight. Maybe it was because I was focused on spiritual improvement and not just weight loss. I can't go all day without eating so I do time restricted feeding (the 16:8 diet, fasting 16 and not fasting for 8 hours). I never got cranky or felt starved. In fact, I felt great on the bread and water fast. 

Do you have to eat keto bread on the bread and water fast? Nope, I just ate good ole cheap Admiral bread (about 3-4 slices during the spiritual fasting period). I didn't adhere to any time restricted feeding, per se. And if you're going for weight loss you can eat other foods and lose weight. Neither the 16:8 diet nor ADF (alternate day fasting) specify what you eat. In fact it's sometimes called the fasting and feasting diet. This works great for gluten free and keto diet people. 

Stay tuned for more on how I lost 100 pounds. 

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