Is Fat Permanent?


Happy Halloween!

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Good morning fellow hamster-wheel habituates. You know who you are. You set the alarm to stun on the weekends so you can get in an early morning workout. You run, you ride, you lift weights, you attend classes at the gym, you mount the stair monster, the helliptical, the dreadmill. You take vitamins, you watch what you eat, you curb your alcoholic consumption, you look wistfully at candy bowls at work after Halloween.

Guess what? A new study says it’s all for naught. Staying fit and trim is a Sisyphean endeavor. You will roll that mountain of fat up the hill only to find it rolls back over you, squashes your ego, and, do it all over again. What is it that Rita Mae Brown wrote in her book, Sudden Death? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” 

What the pho? Just when you thought it was safe to slip into your running shoes with the glow-in-the-dark quick laces, you now get a pass to sit your a$$ back down on the sofa and watch the idiot box.

Never fear, my husband says. There’s always a new study right around the corner. Because you know what? Sitting on your a$$ gets you no where. And when you get up you find that there isn’t anything in your closet you can wear.

Author: lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer is my new opponent. Writer, super sub teacher, triathlete, awesome cook, ocean girl with head-to-toe sun protection.

3 thoughts on “Is Fat Permanent?”

  1. First off, it was a very small study. Only 50 subjects, of whom 16 quit or did not lose the required 10 percent of body weight. And how did these people lose that average 14 percent of their body weight? Diet and exercise? Nope, just a very-low-calorie diet. Something like 550 calories a day. So their leptin levels went wacko. Then they got a maintenance diet. But the hormone changes persisted and they were all probably constantly hungry and probably cheated on the maintenance diet (that’s just my cynical guess).

    To quote from the NYT story: Dr. Stephen Bloom, an obesity researcher at Hammersmith Hospital in London, said the study needed to be repeated under more rigorous conditions, but added, “It is showing something I believe in deeply — it is very hard to lose weight.” And the reason, he said, is that “your hormones work against you.”

    I see two take-aways here. One, one cannot make pronouncements about what this study means, only what it might suggest, because it’s so damned small. Second, I’d contend that endurance exercise brings about metabolic changes that these subjects did not benefit from because it was purely diet being varied to bring about the weight loss. And a diet change is not the lifestyle change that endurance exercise plus diet is.

    It’s hard work losing weight and keeping it off. Making good choices in food and being honest in portion control is hard. And sticking with endurance exercise (that goes on for at least an hour a session several times a week) is hard. But together, they work. That’s the result of a new study from the John Says So Institute.

  2. as a person who has struggled with weight I just want to say your post at least made me LOL because it rings true. It truely is a livelong battle. I can’t argue with what you said but I do know that a large percentage of people who lose weight gain it back, including me. And your husband gets kuddos too because he’s right, next week something else the opposite will appear.

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