OK, I’ve been thinking about that NYT article, The Fat Trap, and maintenance in general, and overall, I didn’t like the article too much. Everything I’ve read on the subject, not to mention common sense, indicates that the faster it comes off, the faster it comes back. Starvation diets just seem to be such a bad idea, torture to go through, trauma to pull out of. I don’t completely understand the hormone interaction, but I think hormones control weight (and just about everything else), and cannot be trivialized, it’s not just calories in/out.
Also, I’ve read some critiques that label that Bridges woman as eating disordered, as she monitors and weighs her food, tracks her exercise, is extremely strict with what she eats. I’ve read enough blogs of maintainers to know that some do that, and while it seems obsessive to me, it’s worth it to many. Maybe I don’t have to because of the way I exercise (I LOVE high intensity cardio, and do strength training also even though I don’t love it). I’m not sedentary, even without the gym, and though my dad and his entire family runs overweight, my mom eats lots of crap, exercises a lot, and is thin. Maybe though I’m not so strict with my diet, perhaps the high fruit/veggie intake, or even just not often overeating is enough for me to stay not too chubby (as opposed to the frequent, habitual overeating that got me fat in the first place). My on-again/off again cigarette habit. My weight has been annoyingly stable for at least 1.5 years now, since I began tracking it, though 10 pounds higher that I’d like.
What I did like about the article is that it showed why “calories in, calories out” isn’t as simple as it sounds. When the idiot chemists that I work with don’t believe that I exercise, since I’m not thin, I could point them to this article, if I wanted to get into it with them, which I don’t. It does take long-term dedication to maintain weight, and I do use the scale to monitor my behavior, lifestyle, constantly. I have to work with myself, though, and accept my limitations. I definitely tend towards hedonism more than any semblance of austerity, which basically means my will-power sucks, and I’d best not rely on it for anything. Anyway, a much better post on a mostly political blog, is this one. I like his sense of humor, and surprisingly agree with his politics (as far as I read of them)
NY day, after a hike, having dinner while waiting for the traffic to die down so I can drive home: The woman at the next table, upon finding out that the children’s cheese quesadilla comes with french fries, (I could feel her cringe when she heard that), to her boy, who wanted french fries, not the veggies that he was getting isntead: “The whole world wants to feed you crap. I’m the only one who ever cares if you eat anything healthy.”
About two weeks ago, at my Sat AM step class, while setting up my barbell for the following class: An older man thanking the instructor for bringing him from a C cup to a double AA. She thought that was funny, as did I. A few days later, different class, different gym, he introduced himself to me, said he quit drinking and joined AA 6 months ago. My first instinct was to worry that he’s going to want to talk religion, but turns out he was worried about abortion being banned – much less controversial. :-)
Anyway, he’s 60, he lost 40 pounds from quitting drinking, 20 from the gym, glad his knees are holding out. Funny guy.