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! 

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