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Weight Loss

Lose the weight, fatty!

NOTE! This is NOT a replacement for sound medical advice.

People always seem to want to lose weight. I really can’t understand this in some cases and I totally understand it in others. Let’s start by saying that if you “need” to lose 10 pounds, WHY!!! If that is your goal, get out of your chair, put down the snacks, go for a walk, take a laxative. There’s a good chance that any of the above, or a combination of them, would get rid of 10 pounds.

For those that seriously need to lose weight, here’s the formula.

Calories in minus calories out equals weight loss/gain

It really is that simple. All the fad diets, pills and other stuff will not take the weight off if you are eating more that you are burning. An Anorexic knows this. That’s why they puke up the stuff they eat. Yes, they eat a lot, but it doesn’t stay down to digest and create fat, muscle or much of anything. For them the formula is:

Calories in minus calories they puke out minus calories burned equals a lot of unhealthy weight loss

Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, the simple act of being alive burns some calories each day. So even if you sit on your fat butt all day, you are burning some calories and you need to take in some calories to keep from starving to death … which would not be to your best health, obviously.

The basic calories needed to stay alive depends on your weight. Also, hard as it might be to believe, the more weight you lose, that harder it becomes to lose weight. Sounds strange I agree, but it is true.

Why, you ask? Think of it like this: If you weight 300 pounds, to simply move means that you have to move 300 pounds. If you weight 180 pound, then you only have to move 180 pounds. Simple formula – If your weight is 300 pounds, and can walk, you should be able to leg press 300 pounds at least. The fatter you are, the harder it is to move around and every effort burns more calories. The skinnier you are, the easier it is to move around and every effort burns fewer calories. That’s why people hit a “plateau” in weight loss and get discouraged. 😉

You are probably thinking “This guy is crazy.” I agree, so there. 🙂

So, who am I? My name is Frank. No, I am not a professional weight loss consultant or any such thing as that. I am, however, a esophageal cancer survivor and former diabetic whose diabetes was caused by being overweight. The chemo and radiation that I took for the cancer might have had an effect as well, but since I am now classified as “glucose intolerant”, who knows.

With that said, I do not recommend that anyone lose weight like I did. After successful cancer treatment, I had a routine blood test at my oncologist’s and was told to check with my regular doctor because my blood sugar was too high (200). My General Practitioner started me on Actos. I took it for years and felt like crap a lot of the time.

After moving to a different city and finally finding a doctor that would listen to me, I was informed that Actos was a “bad” medicine and I was prescribed Metformin as a replacement. For me, that was the drug from Hell! I was sick with diarrhea and just wished the world would end. After talking to the doctor, I was removed from all diabetes meds and I started exercising.

I found a site named MyFitnessPal. Google it. I started tracking what I ate. I dropped sugared stuff like colas. I had been drinking at least a liter a day or more. I started drinking tea with artificial sweeteners and diet colas. Just as important, in my opinion, was removing carbs and increasing protein.

The results? I went from 250 some odd pounds to 180 some pounds fully clothed.

So what can you expect? That is totally up to you. Yeah, I know you’ve heard that before, but it’s true. You get out what you put in. Get up off your dead-end and move around a bit. Watch what you eat, your calories in and out, increase the protein in your diet and reduce the carbs.

I’m not the most active person in the world. I walked a mile a day for a while and mowed the yard without a riding mower. No big, expensive gym membership or personal trainer. No buying exercise equipment, weights and other such stuff. I can’t afford that junk.

You might be wondering what I’m on about with the carbs and protein stuff. Simple. Carbohydrates convert to sugar fast. As a diabetic, that is not good. Sugar spikes are not your friend. If you are a diabetic, you know this. If not, ask a diabetic. Proteins also convert to sugar but do so slower. Ask your doctor.

Sugar? Convert? Carbs? Protein? What?

Have you ever had one of those “stick to your ribs” meals? You know, mashed potatoes smothered in gravy with a slice or two of bread or a dinner roll and breaded chicken, fish or other breaded meat … and maybe some kind of veggie? After that meal, did you just want to sit back and sleep? Hello! Sugar spike! Blood sugar goes up and your body is trying to deal with it so you get sleepy. You don’t have to be diabetic. And here you thought it was just because you were satisfied and had a full tummy. 😉

If you’ve read this far, let me give you the best advice I can:

Take control of your life. All the diets, physicians, and advice in the world will do nothing unless you do something!

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