Do you know HOW you became overweight/obese?

[This is a post I made in a Low Carb Facebook group I belong to.  I truly believe that until we know HOW we became obese, then we aren’t going to have lifelong success in conquering our weight issues.]

You need to know HOWThe low carb/high fat (LCHF) way of eating (WOE) works for most people, because it drastically changes how they were eating before. But it doesn’t work exactly the same for everyone, and some don’t hardly lose at all… and there’s a reason why that could be.

First, you need to know the HOW in your weight loss struggles. For some, they know how, they were eating too much; but not everyone who is overweight, or obese, eats tons of food. Then why are they overweight?

Aside from carbs, and sugar, which are two huge reasons why many are struggling with weight issues, another, and less known reason, is food sensitivities.

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Paul Deen Diabetes Uproar

Recently, Paula Deen (the famous southern cook) announced she has Type 2 diabetes.  What apparently irked many was she discovered this 3 years ago, and waited to make a general announcement until such time as she had secured a deal with a diabetes treatment company.

Okay, I will admit that the way it all played out seemed like she was more interested in monetizing her situation, rather than using her public influence to educate others about diabetes.

But what really baffles me is folks lamblasting her for the food she cooks. Namely, blaming the butter and fried foods for her diabetes.

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Gastric Bypass & Obesity Ignorance

obesity and gastric bypassI monitor Twitter activity for tweets on ‘gastric bypass’, so I can connect with those who have had gastric bypass surgery, and answer questions for those seeking help.  The search will pull in any tweets that contain the phrase ‘gastric bypass’, so not everyone is seeking help – some are trashing the obese and gastric bypass surgery.  I’m surprised at the level of ignorance about obesity and gastric bypass. It’s easy, I guess, to sit in judgment of an obese person and assume that it should be easy to just stop eating, start exercising and ‘get over’ this whole fat thing. Ignorant statements; as like most things, obesity is a complex issue that for probably the majority of the obese, has actual physiological reasons for how they became obese. [Read more…]

Gastric Bypass Cures Type 2 Diabetes?

Before I had my weight loss surgery, I had Type 2 diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, GERD, was developing sleep apnea and a plethora of aches and pains. Now: I have none of these things. Not one. I was able to stop my diabetes medications the day I left the hospital after my surgery.

Now there’s a suggested link to gastric bypass surgery and cancer prevention! The 20/20 show video provides more details.