Must Read For All The “Losers”

The Fat Trap – an important but sobering read in the NY Times for those losing and maintaining. And the rest of society, too, come to think about it!

Read this response from my favorite bariatric specialist, Dr. Barbara Berkeley, who deals with maintainers.


7 thoughts on “Must Read For All The “Losers”

  1. Read it and not sure if I’m encouraged that at least there’s a biological reason why keeping weight off is so hard or discouraged that I’m battling forces that may be beyond my control. Sigh…..doesn’t matter. The sum of it is that this is a life long battle. I knew that already, right? Very interesting reading.

    • It was a “gut check” for me. Like with you the biological explanations help me understand why. This makes me not be so hard on myself for continued cravings, but it does not give me an excuse to regain.

  2. Thanks for sharing this article. I felt discouraged and relief after reading it. Relief because at least there is a reason why we gravitate back towards the bad habits and foods that made us over weight in the first place and it isn’t all about not having will power. Discouraged because it means we are fighting against ourselves. Better to have never been overweight to begin with but for many of us it’s too late for that!

    Its good to understand “why” this happens and knowledge is power!

    • Tami, I do believe that those of us (me) who have lost enormous amounts of weight have developed a “fat organ” that must managed almost like diabetics manage their chronic illness. This is not to medicalize fatness but to recognize the enormous influence those fat cells have on our metabolism. That said, I know that when I hit maintenance, I must eat to keep those fat cells from producing excess insulin and all the problems that result (including hunger).

      Also, we live in a food environment that promotes deleterious eating, especially for us formerly fat folk. To paraphrase the wise Dr. Berkeley, “No one gives vegans crap about sticking to their eating plan for life.”

  3. Jan, thanks for pointing out this article to me. I’ve read many theories along this line, and it is so very interesting to see that researchers are beginning to prove that which had only been suspected (and often ridiculed). Since you are so close to reaching your goal weight and maintenance, please (and I know you will) keep us posted on what you need to eat to keep your body from producing excess insulin. Do yhou eat a lot of fish? Over the past 3 months, Clint and I radically increased our fish meals, and I find that I not only maintained at the few pounds I gained, but also started losing again — and I rarely felt hunger.

    • I feel so inadequate giving advice right now after my holiday binge (shame faced…) But I do know that to keep my insulin production low, I must keep my starch, as well as sugar consumption, low. That means no bread, taters, pasta, etc. I focus on protein, veggies, berry fruits (grapes and the occasional apple). I keep my diet really simple, boring even but there is no restaurant where I cannot eat well. At home it’s eggs, Greek yogurt shakes, poultry, meat, fish, almonds (my main snack food), broccoli. Unfortunately some of my favorite “veggies” like beets are really starched, darn it. I ain’t afraid of fat so I use heavy cream in my coffee and use cheese. I will often use a whey protein shake with skim milk as a meal replacement. (Fish is making me gag right now. LOL I did eat a lot of tuna and quality sardines.)
      Guess you could say I am primal-ish because I do use dairy. Cheese and yogurt and milk would never be found on a primal diet.
      It’s easier for me to say what I don’t eat – starch, sugar, grains. Everything else is OK within my calorie range, which I have loosened up to 1300/day.
      Supplements are another story, which makes me think I should make a post and see what folks are doing.
      Hey, you better see me when you come to Tucson!!!!

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