[bct] Re: weight control and loss.
- From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 17:44:35 -0800
Just a few thoughts to toss out to the list.
I think the theories and exploration of the causes of weight gain (or, more
rarely, the inability to gain weight and reach what is right for a person)
have certainly expanded over the past 30 years. I recall reading a book
called Eat and Stay Slim, in which weight gain and loss was compared to
money in a bank; it was rather simplistic: you eat, you gain; you don't, you
lose; you eat less fat, you burn the fat you have and lose. And on it went.
I've also seen books such as Eat Right for your Type, in which diet, and not
necessarily weight gain or loss, was based on your blood type, with type O
being the least suitable for vegetarians. I don't have any particular views
on the subject of losing weight; I know I am overweight and would love to
lose it; I suspect part of my problem is genetic, since my mother, her
mother, and on it went, were overweight; my mother went through just about
every medical procedure and diet to try to lose weight, and she didn't lose
any until her 70s. In her last years, she didn't eat well, and died very
When i was much younger, I went on one of those protein shake diets
(fortunately I had a good meal each day; it wasn't Cambridge or some such);
and I lost a fair amount of unwanted weight, but, of course, gained it back.
Due to age catching up and the general slowing of metabolism, hormone
activity, change of life, etc., I have been gaining more than I'd like, but
I certainly hope that I can work on balancing things out; there are many
approaches--increased physical activity, the use of progesterone cream to
balance out hormones (Dr. John R. Lee did a fair amount of research on
estrogen dominance; not sure if anyone is carrying on his work, since I
heard he died some time ago) are just a couple of approaches.
I think a large part of dealing with this is accepting yourself as you are
and not punishing yourself; that just increases anxiety and stress, and who
needs more of that? I know I need to lose weight, and it will happen when it
happens; if not, it doesn't. My mother obsessed about her weight, and,
occasionally, mine. It did neither of us any good.
If you have a clear medical reason for needing to lose weight quickly, then
definitely action should be taken quickly; if you're like many of the rest
of us, one of the most important steps is to accept it and deal with it in
whatever way seems best in your situation.
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