weight loss

Don't Rely on Miracle Diet Pills

  • Posted on: 17 January 2010
  • By: mokshalom

I stumbled across this article from the UK about some new wonder diet pills being tried over there. One of the drugs is so extreme that it causes some interesting side effects:

The drug, which is a £1.60-a-day diluted version of the prescription-only drug Xenical, works by reducing the body's ability to process fat by about 25 per cent.

The undigested fat passes straight through the body, creating what is described as "an urgent need to go to the bathroom".

Yikes! Well, I suppose that's one way to lose some weight.

What I found interesting about the article is how doctors were saying these pills were no replacement for lifestyle changes. You don't seem to hear that too much here in the U.S., except on the Biggest Loser.

Here is some sage advice from one of the doctors:

The Biggest Loser: Being the Right Weight Makes You Better Looking

  • Posted on: 9 December 2009
  • By: mokshalom

If there's one takeaway I got from watching the Biggest Loser finale last night, it's that being the right weight makes you better looking.

Note that I wrote being the right weight. Not being thin per se.

One thing that happens sometimes on the Biggest Loser is that contestants go way overboard sometimes in an effort to win the big prize. Contestants may dehydrate or starve themselves to the point of looking emaciated, not healthy. We saw a little bit of this last year when Helen won, looking more scarecrow-like than healthy.

This latest season fortunately did not reward someone who looked skeletal - Danny, the winner, looked like the right weight for his height. And he looked fabulous! His face had changed so much he said people didn't recognize him. He looked 10-20 years younger.

The Biggest Loser: How Much is Too Much Weight to Lose?

  • Posted on: 13 May 2009
  • By: mokshalom

I watched the Biggest Loser finale last night and was disappointed that my favorite, the cutie Mike Morelli, lost to the less wholesome Helen Phillips by a mere 5 pounds. Mike, who lost more than he weighs now, has hit a healthy weight of approximately 180 pounds, whereas Helen slimmed herself down to a scary 117.

While both Mike and Tara looked fabulous, Helen did not look healthy with her scrawny arms and emaciated look. She did not seem to have built up much in the way of lean muscle (judging from the shape of her arms, which were way too noticeable with their loose skin in her sleeveless dress).

Now people all over the Internet are speculating about Helen's health and methods for achieving this weight loss, and anorexia is the word being bantered about.

Let's Find a Middle Ground About Fat and Obesity

  • Posted on: 10 January 2008
  • By: mokshalom

I somehow stumbled across this site called "Big Fat Facts" this morning that claims that it's not unhealthy to be fat. It seems, as a backlash to the campaign against obesity and our national obsession with thin, some fat activists are trying to put forth the message that it is perfectly OK to be fat (if not totally obese).

It's mind boggling to me, however, that anyone could claim with a serious face that it's perfectly good for your health to be obese.

No, I'm sorry, it is not. It is not good to be obese. It's bad for you. You only need to watch the documentary Supersize Me to see how adding just some fat can have an immediate and awful impact on your health.

And yes, we do have an obesity epidemic on our hands.

Fat in My Family