New Understanding of Losing Weight and Keeping It Off - The latest science

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    Dec 28, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    Excellent article full of useful insights. Thought other RJers would also find it helpful.
    Please bump in order to keep it visible for a couple of days. This is one that could be helpful to a lot of guys.


    The Fat Trap
    New York Times Magazine
    December 28, 2011
    By TARA PARKER-POPE
    In the battle to lose weight, and keep it off, our bodies are fighting against us.
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    Dec 29, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    How many people will fixate on the negative or unfavorable aspects of this story? After years of mainting significant weight loss through diet and regular exercise, to learn that there may be a biological tendency for a person's body is to "defend" it's former, higher weight could be terribly discouraging.

    Too many people already buy into the late-night informercial pitches that "it's not your fault" and "you just can't do it on your own."

    As the new year approaches, I sure hope those who resolve to make improvements to their overall health are successful and find the encouragement to reach their goals.
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    The first thing that I noticed about the article was the "diet" that these people were put on... it's only natural that their body was put into starvation mode given the original plan they were on!
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    just run until you throw up. it's what all the cool young guys are doing these days.
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    Jan 05, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    jason_811 saidHow many people will fixate on the negative or unfavorable aspects of this story? After years of mainting significant weight loss through diet and regular exercise, to learn that there may be a biological tendency for a person's body is to "defend" it's former, higher weight could be terribly discouraging.

    Too many people already buy into the late-night informercial pitches that "it's not your fault" and "you just can't do it on your own."

    As the new year approaches, I sure hope those who resolve to make improvements to their overall health are successful and find the encouragement to reach their goals.



    yes, i agree with you. this is really discouraging. but i guess we should think about the positive aspect of eating properly and doing regular exercise. it is very helpful for body fitness and help to speed up metabolism. that is why people should do these. for more information you can check this link

    how to speed up metabolism
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    Jan 05, 2012 7:14 AM GMT
    I wouldn't discount genetic or even epigenetic factors in base metabolic disposition. But the small sample size is troubling, the methods used for losing weight in the study group is tremendously troubling, and the author does not mention that US obesity rates are vastly outstripping population growth rates (which contradicts a direct genetic cause).

    The author's mama was a fat, undisciplined chef, she admits to a mostly sedentary lifestyle, yet she lazily questions (hopes) that her genes might be the real cause of her fat troubles.

    A way better study could be easily commissioned. I'm disappointed in this article.
  • chris_dallas

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    Jan 05, 2012 7:43 AM GMT
    i dont want to sound like a jerk but it is more her like talking to herself and justifying her obesity...it is like she is trying to convince herself that it isnt her fault...i agree that there are genetic factors and it makes sense that the studies came back saying its easier to gain the weight back but its really no excuse not to be healthy...i dont think everyone is meant to be a stick but i dont beleive anyone is meant to be obese...

    could u see an obese cave man running from dinos back in the stone age? NO
    through evolution any such sever genetic variation would have been weeded out but i do not doubt that some people have better metabolisms than others becasue personally i know i have ot workout and eat healthy to maintain my wieght and if i slip it doesnt take much time at all to gain 5-10 poudns while some people can eat like crazyand never work out and look like they are anorexic haha

    i do def agree with the point that it would be best to not have weight gain in the first place...

    oh and that one lady who measures everythign and is super anal about her weight...good for her its impressive but i htink there is a happy medium she might be a lil ocd haha u should be able to just keep track in ur head and know ur body well enough

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    Jan 05, 2012 8:39 AM GMT
    Yes, this is an excellent article. I read it last week when it came out and many excellent points are brought out by a careful read of the article for the biology it mentions. Ever since the women's movement started with its biology-denying rhetoric, so many subjects have gone touchy-feely, and the whole "fat is beautiful" movement is an excellent example. What the article makes clear is that the overweight problem is a complicated mixture of factors, all of which may not be the same in all people. Several excellent points were made, such as, for example, the change in the type muscles grown in fat people such that when they lose the weight, their new striated muscles are more efficient than the muscles of a non-fat person naturally at that body size; thus, the two people eating the same amount of calories recommended for a person of that height/weight, the formerly fat person will actually still be eating excess calories. So, so maintain their new weight, they have to eat even less than the "normal" person gets to eat. How unfortunate for someone who must like to eat in the first place or they wouldn't have gotten obese, but hey! who said biology is fair. Biology is. Of course, this might be a downer to the persons trying to lose weight, but part of their problems in the first place was eating too much and not having the fortitude to suck it up and deal with the science of weight gain and loss. Our society has done little to foster good eating habits, but the information is out there on how to do it. It is just that there IS no magic bullet that works for every situation involving weight problems. One has to know one's own body and what it does and keep in mind what sort of genetic plant one probably inherited in the first place.