Brand New Weight Loss Miracle Food

This is a new one– resistant carbs.

“Starch can fall into one of three classifications: readily digestible, slowly digestible and resistant. The latter does not get absorbed in the small intestines. Starch foods that fall into the resistant category are only minimally digested. On a side note, any digestion that takes place is slow, which in turn results in a slow but steady release of glucose into the bloodstream.”

Beans, sweet potatoes, whole-grain pasta are ‘resistant’. Nothing wrong with any of these foods, but there’s nothing new either.

I had about three golden years of young adulthood where I was very active with martial arts. I ate less than I do now, and kind of forgot about my weight altogether. It was not a problem.

I remember half-hearing a commercial on TV about something called ‘starch block’. Starch block? Maybe it would be okay with some butter and salt and pepper, but why not stick with the traditional spaghetti or that newfangled rotini everyone was eating? Would a starch block be less slippery on your plate? Wouldn’t it be tricky to cook it all the way through?

I soon realized that ‘starch block’ was not a new pasta shape, but a pill that promised to quarantine the starch as it passed through your digestion.

‘Resistant starches’ won’t work for me. I like all those foods just fine, but you eat a couple of yams and that’s a lot of calories no matter how much the yams resist. I’ll extract those calories in the end, so help me God.

Miracle Weight Loss Plan

Take the bus! No really. A study shows evidence that using mass transit causes people to lose weight.

I’m going to be walking extra today to get the bus to pick up my car. Hey, whatever gets you up on your feet.

There’s a potential link between air pollution and obesity. Also a link between stress and obesity. What is more stressful than sitting in a traffic jam?

Right now it’s not convenient, or even possible, for most of us to take the bus to work. And our buses are noisy and spewing fumes. But a well-designed system would be clean, accessible, and used by all kinds of people as a good alternative. Like the trolley my great-grandfather drove through the streets of Providence.

One estimate is that obesity costs the US 147 billion dollars a year. That’s on top of the billions that individuals pay for weight loss products and programs. And we’re just getting fatter.

Either human nature has taken a turn for the worse and we all had better character twenty years ago, or even ten– or our environment has changed.

In that case things won’t get better until we change it again, with less cars, more bikes and walking as a part of daily life.

Personal Responsibility

The Huffington Post has an inspiring story of personal responsibility.
Mike Covington, a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, found himself unemployed and unable to afford health insurance. Having already faced heart disease and now losing his safety net, he got on his bike and started riding.

Over time he lost 100 pounds and developed an exercise habit that is his number one way of beating stress.

I like this guy so much that I won’t use him in argument– I’m busy visualizing him getting a great new job with benefits, including health insurance and the option of biking to work.

But the answer to our health care mess is not either/or. I get discouraged seeing patients getting one prescription after another when they are locked into a vicious circle of stress, maladaptive coping and consequences– like Mr.Covington was when he put on the weight.

On the other hand, one would need health insurance if one had an accident or one of the many diseases that can kill you if not detected early and treated.

Personal responsibility and health security can work together. Research shows that two out of three Kmareka bloggers were prescribed Vitamin Ex by their doctor, the same prescription Mr. Covington used so effectively.

I’ve got fire insurance, but I still have smoke alarms and I don’t light candles near the curtains. Apply that model to health and see how it can work. Gotta go now, I’m out promoting health and earning my pay.

No Such Thing as Natural Beauty

I just had to post a link to a controversial fashion shot by Ralph Lauren. The size 4 model, being too fat, was photoshopped. Maybe a touch too heavy on the improving, since she appears to have no pelvis.

Maybe pelvic bones are unfeminine, like unbound feet or natural breasts. The female body, stained with original sin, is never good enough. And watch out, guys, you are a huge untapped market for drugs, cosmetics and surgery. You might have to fight for your wrinkles and thinning hair, if you want to keep the right to show them in public.

There’s a discussion on a nursing forum about shaving places where you would think a sane person wouldn’t want a razor, but I may be a minority view on that.

And where’s the profit in people liking themselves? Think of all the trouble they might get into if they weren’t so busy improving.

I’d have thought Penelope Cruz was as close to perfection as a human could get, but her nose needed some work, apparently.

Good Fat

It’s a food lover’s dream, that somewhere out there is a diet that promotes healthy weight loss without requiring a ton of willpower.

Well, the laws of physics says that you can’t get around needing to take in fewer calories than you burn if you want to lose weight.

But I’m watching this study on good fat. Appetite is a complicated thing, occurring more in the brain than in the stomach. Something is wrong with the American diet. Individuals make bad choices, for sure. But an entire population doesn’t get fatter by coincidence.

People with Type II diabetes are suffering the worst effects of an imbalance that affects many of us who just struggle with our weight. We’re not all built to be slim, but there’s fat and fit, vs fat and tired and depressed.

Easier said than done, of course. I might check out these supplements, but without a balanced diet they won’t do anything but lighten my wallet. And of course, a healthy diet is key.

A Well-balanced Meal

Just what you need to wash down the 4,800 calorie burgerMen’s Health reports on the 2,300 calorie shake–

The menu description may sound simple enough: “A blend of HEATH Bar Crunch and Jamoca® ice creams, chopped HEATH Bar pieces and caramel, topped with whipped cream and chopped HEATH Bar pieces.” But the ingredient list reveals a much more complicated story. Methyl paraben, propylene glycol, polysorbate 80: You’d need a degree in chemical engineering just to have a shot at cracking this brain-freezing code. All told, the list of ingredients runs seven inches and 73 ingredients long. Whatever happened to the days when a milkshake was just ice cream and milk?

NPR was reporting today about a restaurant that will run a pie through the blender for you. That way you don’t exert yourself chewing.

I’m trying to ease into moderation–wouldn’t want to be extreme about it. I’m eating frozen berries and pretending it’s ice cream. Eating while net surfing is the worst vice I have ever fallen into. Has anyone out there managed to break that habit?