The Biggest Bull

The comment I left under the NY Times article, After The Biggest Loser, Their Bodies Fought To Regain Weight:


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  1. Excellent! Very well stated, Averyl!

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    1. Thanks, Canyon girl. So much of what is in the media and "science" today is invested in sabotaging self-efficacy.

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  2. You make a valid point, Averyl. Unfortunately, the media wants to make the news and uses as much "breaking news" as possible rather than reporting less sensational yet more useful things. I know you saw my column on Set Point where a study supported a year to successfully re-set to where we can return to a useful baseline again. That was with around a 13% body weight loss. It seems to me that with the huge body weight losses of TBL that much more time, perhaps 10 years of maintenance would be required. The key is to put these people in a program like the study I reported and not just cut them loose.

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    1. I agree.

      Any body and mind that has become addicted and accustomed to overeating, especially addictive foods, will need to undergo a lifetime of lifestyle changes. We know that addicts and alcoholics need to do the same; it's not just a matter of putting the food/drink/drug down and ta da! It's crazy all-or-nothing thinking "solutions" applied to all-or-nothing eating: extreme dieting/exercising, then starve and be miserable the rest of your life.

      I have found putting destructive eating down and picking up healthy food and habits to be very lovely and better than anything I could have imagined!

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