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Psysiology = Biology Messing with Physics
- POSTED ON: May 23, 2016


How to Lose 50 pounds and keep them off.
by Dr. Arya Sharma, M.D.

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Physiology:  the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions.
Biology:  the physiology, behavior, and other qualities of a particular living organism.

Physics:  the study of matter and its motion through space and time; energy and force.


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That Lost Weight? The Body Finds it.
- POSTED ON: May 02, 2016




After’The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight
by Gina Kolata,   - New York Times, May 2, 2016


Danny Cahill stood, slightly dazed, in a blizzard of confetti as the audience screamed and his family ran on stage. He had won Season 8 of NBC’s reality television show “The Biggest Loser,” shedding more weight than anyone ever had on the program — an astonishing 239 pounds in seven months.

When he got on the scale for all to see that evening, Dec. 8, 2009, he weighed just 191 pounds, down from 430. Dressed in a T-shirt and knee-length shorts, he was lean, athletic and as handsome as a model.

I’ve got my life back,” he declared. “I mean, I feel like a million bucks.”

Mr. Cahill left the show’s stage in Hollywood and flew directly to New York to start a triumphal tour of the talk shows, chatting with Jay Leno, Regis Philbin and Joy Behar. As he heard from fans all over the world, his elation knew no bounds.

But in the years since, more than 100 pounds have crept back onto his 5-foot-11 frame despite his best efforts. In fact, most of that season’s 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously. Some are even heavier now.

Yet their experiences, while a bitter personal disappointment, have been a gift to science. A study of Season 8’s contestants has yielded surprising new discoveries about the physiology of obesity that help explain why so many people struggle unsuccessfully to keep off the weight they lose.

Kevin Hall, a scientist at a federal research center who admits to a weakness for reality TV, had the idea to follow the “Biggest Loser” contestants for six years after that victorious night. The project was the first to measure what happened to people over as long as six years after they had lost large amounts of weight with intensive dieting and exercise.



The results, the researchers said, were stunning. They showed just how hard the body fights back against weight loss.

It is frightening and amazing,” said Dr. Hall, an expert on metabolism at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. “I am just blown away.”

It has to do with resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest. When the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.

Researchers knew that just about anyone who deliberately loses weight — even if they start at a normal weight or even underweight — will have a slower metabolism when the diet ends. So they were not surprised to see that “The Biggest Loser” contestants had slow metabolisms when the show ended.

What shocked the researchers was what happened next: As the years went by and the numbers on the scale climbed, the contestants’ metabolisms did not recover. They became even slower, and...


Allergic to Food
- POSTED ON: Mar 12, 2016

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Before & After Photos - Weight History
- POSTED ON: Mar 01, 2016


My weight has yo-yoed all during my lifetime. I began dieting in puberty, for weight-loss and for maintenance, and I continued doing so during every year of the next 60+ years. 

During non-dieting months, my weight increased. At three separate times in my life, I successfully lost 100+ pounds, and a great many times, i lost 30 to 50 pounds.



  

The borderline between
a “normal” and an “overweight” BMI  is 25

The borderline between
an “overweight” and an “obese” BMI is 30.



As a child, my weight was normal. As a teenager-young adult my body fluctuated between a 21 & 24 BMI

At age 20, after the birth of my first child, my body had a 36 BMI. Several years later it dropped to a 23 BMI

My body rose to a 43 BMI. Several years later it dropped to a 26 BMI. 

About 24 years ago, at age 47,  My body reached a 52.9 BMI, and I had a RNY gastric bypass,
with no removal of any intestine, which means that all the food I eat is still digested. 

Since that time:


24 yrs ago  = 271 lbs = BMI 52.9 - weight-loss-surgery
21 yrs ago  = 160 lbs = BMI 31.2
- low weight without dieting AFTER weight-loss-surgery
12 yrs ago = 190 lbs  = BMI 37.1 -
regained weight while dieting AFTER weight-loss-surgery
11 yrs ago = 115 lbs = BMI 22.5
- weight-loss after diet using computer food journal
Past 11 yrs = maintenance (115-130 lbs) BMI 20.3 at my lowest; BMI 27.3, at my highest


The chart below is a helpful way to visualize my Maintenance Weight Range.


 

Here are a few of my AFTER pictures.




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