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Friday, June 30, 2006

Stomach Surgery for Kids?

Obese teenagers who had surgery to shrink the size of their stomachs on average lost nearly half their weight in the four years after the procedure, according to a study presented on Thursday at a medical conference. More details here

Ouch! Wouldn't it be good for a kid to develop some disciplines through the process of natural weight loss, i.e., diet and exercise? Wouldn't it be a good opportunity to teach a kid the lesson of taking personal responsibilities for his/her action? Wouldn't it be a hugh confidence boost if the kid loses those extra pounds by sticking to a healthier, more active lifestyle?

Living with only a part of stomach for the rest of his/her life doesn't sound too tempting, even for an adult. What would happen if the kid's addiction to foods shift to shopping or watching TV? Maybe there will be more magic pills or surgeries for those.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Coffee & Diabetes

A group of researchers at the University of Minnesota claims that coffee drinking can lower the risks of developing type 2 diabetes. See the article here. However, this positive effect may be significant statistically, while rather meaningless for folks who want to shed a few pounds.

You have to drink more than 6 cups of coffee to have 22% less chance for type 2 diabetes. The number goes up to 33% if it is decaf. I wonder if the researches consider the extra calories burned by these heavy drinkers for those extra trips to the bathroom. It might well be that the extra physical activities due to nature's call, rather than coffee drinking, resulted in the observed results.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Lose Weight the Simple Way!

All the hypes about various fad diets haven't had much impact on the waist line, but seem to create an illusion that one magic diet will easily melt all the pounds away. In reality, losing weight is a tremendous undertaking, regardless of diet choices. Having lost 50 pounds myself, I have to admit that losing weight plainly sucks. There are not better words to describe it.

I lost all my pounds the hard way, or the simple way. During a stretch of 4 months, I went on a low-fat diet, while excercising about one hour everyday during a hot summer. Eating less was very difficult at the beginning, almost unbearable. Sometimes, I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling hungry. And sometimes, I woke up very early in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep because my stomach was so empty. Things got a bit better after a couple of weeks.

For physical activities, I played basketball and soccer outside. I also worked out at a gym to build muscles. All the sweating during in the hot weather got a lot of water out of my body. At the mean time, I burned a lot of calories everyday. I lost 30 pounds in 4 months.

Back then, my main motivation was to keep my blood pressure down and regain my energy level. Looking back, I wish I knew more about the science behind weight control. Maybe if I knew some of the fad diets, I could have avoided feeling so hungry. I later dropped another 20 pounds over a longer stretch of time by mainly sticking to a healthy diet and an less vigorous exercise routine.

It is fair to say I lost all the extra pounds simply by taking in less calories than I burned. If you are running a business, you need to keep an eye on your cash flow. If you take in less money than you spend, you end up losing money. Losing weight is just as simple.