Thursday, August 9, 2007

When Less Is More . . .

There is an interesting read in this week's issue of Time magazine. According to a paper published by the Obesity journal and a few academic research projects that the Time article is based on, consuming "diet" or "lo-calorie" or even "zero calorie" alternatives to "regular" foods or drinks (the article focused on soda) doesn't really help because we humans are aware of the sugary, fatty, caloric content of our snacks and having "lesser" alternatives to them can actually trigger the body to demand more calories from another source.

The net finding for the research is that the more you "diet" - the more you will ultimately eat and the more weight you will, in theory, gain. One step forward, two steps back, right?

Now, I have to tell you, not everyone agrees with this academic research. Myself included but, perhaps more importantly (perhaps) - other academics disagree too. Including the guy that works for the American Beverage Association (a group with a multi-billion dollar per year investment in diet and regular sodas and other drinks)

I used to drink real soda. Mountain Dew. The ONLY soda on the market (that I know of) that actually contains FAT - that's right, there is OIL in your Mountain Dew. Yuhmay, right?! Anywho, that was before I realized that there are 110 calories in 8 little ounces of Mountain Dew (a gas station bottle of the stuff has over 250). I started drinking diet soda exclusively in grad school (eight years or so ago now). I have gained weight since that time but I very much doubt I could pin it all on diet soda.

The point of me getting in to all of this is simple - dieting and weight loss success is not about any one thing (the calories, the sugar, the fat, the quantity consumed, etc.) it has to be about holistic life changes and atttitude changes. You have to be mindful of and responsible for the food that goes in your mouth and you have to be the one that moves your body a few times a week (if not daily) to burn those calories and you - especially after gastric bypass surgery - have to understand that your body needs certain stuff and everything else is better left, well, being fed to the lab rats at the University of Alberta.

Here is the article from Time . . .

There IS some good news for me, you and the rest of the gastric bypass community. Regardless of if you agree with the lab rats in Alberta or the American Beverage Association, you can't drink soda after gastric bypass surgery anyway.

In the meantime, cheers!

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