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. 

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