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This blog is dedicated to the low-carb menu challenge presented by Jimmy Moore. I'm living the Louisiana low carb lifestyle, where low-carb is the new way to go ! I live southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana....have three awesome kids. We are deep down in the heart of sweet Cajun Country, where we kick back and relax, go hunting, fishing, or make groceries! My doctor told me that my blood pressure numbers were getting too high, so I had to loose weight. She challenged me with ten pounds in three months. That was October 7, 2008. I lost 26 pounds !!! In February of 2011, I found that I had gained a few pounds more than I would have liked, weighing in at 170 pounds. I had to get back into the swing of living the low carb life again !! I am loving the 'low-carb' style and wish to contiue it . I exercise three times a week at the gym, and off the 'off' days, I learn to RELAX !! November 2011, finds me in different circumstances -- a new lifestyle, great community of friends and a challenge to keep that 45 pounds that I lost OFF. Feel free to read my blog, browse around, or just sit a spell!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Loosing Weight: a Battle against Fat and Biology

Loosing Weight: a Battle against Fat and Biology

(One of NPR's most emailed stories)

Most people who lose weight end up gaining it back — and it's not just
 a matter of willpower. In fact, once we begin to shed those first few
pounds, says one expert, "the biology really kicks in and tries to resist
the weight loss."
If you're among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight,

chances are you've had people tell you to just ease up on the eating and

 use a little self-control. It does, of course, boil down to "calories in,

calories out."

But there's a lot more to it than that, according to obesity specialist

Dr. Donna Ryan,

 associate director for clinical research at the Pennington Biomedical

Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

It's a popular misconception, she says, that losing weight is "strictly a

matter of willpower." It's a gigantic task, she says, because not only do

we move through an incredible buffet of food spread before us every

day, but we also face a battle with our own biological responses.

It starts when we begin to shed those first few pounds. At that point,

"the biology really kicks in and tries to resist the weight loss," she says.

Take 56-year-old Mary Grant, who's faced a lifetime battling fat,

beginning in childhood, when her father humiliated her in front of the

 family by publicly weighing her every Saturday morning and insisted

 on her trying diet after diet.

In the end, Grant unsuccessfully tried "the grapefruit before every

meal diet, Weight Watchers in the early days, when you had to eat

chicken livers, the hard-boiled eggs and salad diet, the tomato soup

 diet, the cabbage soup diet, essentially anything," says Grant, "to get

that weight off me."

But the weight did not "come off." It wasn't until after nursing school

that Grant was successful in dropping 100 pounds after a medically

supervised fast. Dramatic as that success was, it didn't last. Grant

gained much of the weight back. Most people do, according to health


And here's why:

When you begin to lose pounds, levels of the hormone leptin, which is

produced by fat cells, begin to drop. That sends a message to the brain

that the body's "fat storage" is shrinking. The brain perceives

starvation is on the way and, in response, sends out messages to

conserve energy and preserve calories. So, metabolism drops.

And then other brain signals tell the body it's "hungry," and it sends

out hormones to stimulate the appetite. The combination of lowered

metabolism and stimulated appetite equals a "double whammy," says

Ryan. And that means the person who's lost weight can't consume as

much food as the person who hasn't lost weight.

For example, if you weigh 230 pounds and lose 30 pounds, you cannot

eat as much as an individual who has always weighed 200 pounds. You

 basically have a "caloric handicap," says Ryan. And depending on

how much weight people lose, they may face a 300-, 400- or even 500-

calorie a day handicap, meaning you have to consume that many fewer

calories a day in order to maintain your weight loss.

This means no more grapefruit or cabbage soup diets:

You u need a diet you can stay on forever. For most people, that means

high fiber, low fat and low sugar. But you can fight back against a

lowered metabolism. You can "kick" your metabolism back up by

exercising every day. One recent study found people were able to burn

up an extra 450 calories a day with one hour of moderate exercise.

It doesn't have to be vigorous jogging. You can walk briskly, bike or

swim. Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical

activity a day in order to reduce risk for heart disease. But obesity

experts say if you want to lose or maintain weight, you have to double

that and exercise at least one hour every day.

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