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‘I reached rock bottom’: How this mom lost 93 pounds to transform her life – Today.com

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 6:47 am

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In December 2015, Natalie Moxey was opening mail when she found a Christmas card that really surprised her. The local Indian restaurant, where she and her family ordered many meals, sent a holiday greeting. While the restaurant probably sent cards to all its customers, Moxey took it personally.

It is quite a scary thing to think you order enough food from a take-away company that they send a Christmas card, Moxey, 31, of Eversham, England, told TODAY. I reached rock bottom.

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At the time, she weighed 261 pounds at 5 feet 11 inches tall. She had been overweight since she started having children. Like so many women, she gained the baby weight and failed to lose it. But it was her two sons that made her realize she had to make healthy changes.

If I am going to live to see my boys grow up the way I wanted to I am going to have to lose weight, she said.

Natalie Moxey took loads of “before” pictures and when she felt frustrated during her weight loss, she’d look at them for inspiration.

Around the same time, she also received an advertisement for Slimming World, a weight-management plan that focuses on healthy eating habits and portion control.

It felt a bit like fate, she said.

Like many women, Natalie Moxey gained weight when she was pregnant with her two sons, but never lost the weight.

In January 2016, she attended a meeting and wondered if the program could possibly work. In the past she tried diets and they always failed. But she decided to give it a shot. Instead of ordering take out she and her husband started making meals at home. In the first week, she dropped 7 pounds.

To have a plan where you can still enjoy this amazing food and still lose weight was a bit revolutionary, Moxey said. “I didn’t really believe it.”

At first, Moxey struggled to exercise but as she kept losing weight, she became more active.

I increased my walking, she said. Then in three or four months in 28, 30 pounds down I started to do exercise classes.

To her surprise, Moxey even started running.

I am not a runner, she said. I run regular 5Ks and 10Ks and I really enjoy it now.

Since January 2016, Moxey lost 93 pounds and weighs 168 pounds, which is her target weight. She recently celebrated reaching this milestone.

It was a pretty incredible feeling, she said.

After losing 93 pounds, Natalie Moxey feels like she is a better mom.

During the past 18 months, Moxey learned she was stronger than she thought.

I have taken control of what I do to myself and my body, she said. It helped me find my self-worth again.

Most importantly, it helped her become the mom she always wanted to be.

Being healthy and happy is what you need to be a good mum, she said. That is really important to me that (my sons) see that working to improve yourself is a positive thing.

Moxey provided a few tips to help others hoping to lose weight.

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Even when Moxey disliked her appearance, she took pictures of herself. Looking at old pictures helped her stay focused on her weight-loss goals, even when it felt too overwhelming.

It is an amazing motivation to push yourself to keep going, she said.

Moxey thought that losing weight meant giving up pasta and potatoes. But she found a plan that taught her portion control, which helped her feel satiated, while still enjoying foods she loved.

I followed diets in the past and they are incredibly restricted and you feel miserable. It is just no way to live to basically be living with your stomach rumbling, she said. Dont let anyone tell you that you cant enjoy your food.

After her local Indian restaurant sent her a Christmas card for being such a good customer, Natalie Moxey knew it was time to lose weight. She lost 93 pounds in 18 months.

When Moxey first started Slimming World she set smaller goals, such as lose 5 or 10 pounds in a month. And when she reached those little goals, she rewarded herself.

If you do hit these mini goals, go and buy yourself new dress or go out to the cinema to celebrate, she said. “You have to be kind to yourself or you just wont get there.”

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Trying to Find a Healthy Diet? Look to Your Genes – NBCNews.com

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 6:47 am

The latest trend in nutrition isn’t a fad diet or newly discovered supplement; it’s your DNA.

Unlocking the secrets of one’s genetic code used to be confined to the laboratory, but increasingly, the big business of DNA is now going after your eating habits.

Scientists already know that variations in our genes determine how well our bodies metabolize certain compounds for example, people with a variation of the CYP1A2 gene metabolize caffeine more slowly, and are at an increased risk of heart attack and hypertension if they drink more than a couple of cups of coffee a day.

Companies now want to take the buzz over DNA testing one step further and market the tests as a way to determine how peoples bodies handle nutrients. And tech firms are stepping up to fill that demand. More and more genetics startups are getting into nutrition, with tests that claim to help people choose the best food to eat to feel good and even lose weight.

Genetic testing service 23andMe has genotyped more than 2 million customers to determine ancestry and genetic health risks, and Nutrigenomix offers tests designed to help medical professionals make recommendations for a person’s intake of sodium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and yes, caffeine.

Ahmed El-Sohemy, a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto and the founder of Nutrigenomix, points to research that shows the “one-size-fits-all model of nutritional guidance” is not the most effective way for people to eat healthily or lose weight.

“There’s research now showing that people who get DNA-based dietary advice are more likely to follow recommendations. So not only are people getting more accurate dietary advice, but they are more likely to follow it,” said El-Sohemy.

Now, there’s a new kid on the block: Oakland-based personalized nutrition company Habit.

“We think we’re going to disrupt the diet industry,” Habit founder and CEO Neil Grimmer told NBC News. “When you think about moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to food to something that’s highly personalized, it changes everything. It changes the way you shop. It changes the way you eat. And quite frankly, it even changes the way you think about your own health and well-being.”

Habit’s home testing kit containing DNA cheek swabs, three finger-prick blood tests, and a special shake. The bloodwork is designed to show how your body metabolizes the huge amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the shake. Chiara Sottile

At Habit, it’s not just DNA data they’re using to make diet recommendations. For $299, Habit sends customers an at-home test kit containing DNA cheek swabs, three finger-prick blood tests, and a “metabolic challenge shake loaded with 950 calories. Users take one blood test prior to drinking the shake, and two more timed blood pricks afterwards. The bloodwork is designed to show how your body metabolizes the huge amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the shake.

“You layer in your blood work, your fasting blood work, and you layer in your metabolism, and all of a sudden you have a really clear picture of what’s going on inside yourself,” said Grimmer.

The Habit test kit also asks you to measure your waist circumference and provide information about your weight and activity level. Users send in the DNA swabs and blood sample testing cards sealed in a pre-paid envelope, and then get their results back a couple weeks later.

Health-conscious San Francisco resident Michelle Hillier was introduced to Habit through a friend. When she received her test results, she was surprised to learn she is a diet type Habit calls a “Range Seeker” meaning she should eat about 50 percent of her daily calories in carbohydrates, about 30 percent from fat, and 20 percent from protein.

“You hear so much about how you need so much protein, and I’m a pretty active person so I had been really upping my protein. And to find out that I’m supposed to have more carbs than anything else was really surprising to me,” said Hillier, who is not affiliated with the company.

She also learned that she has genes that are impactful for lactose and caffeine sensitivity, something she had suspected. Like all Habit users get for the $299, after she received her test results, Hillier had a 25-minute phone consultation with a registered dietitian from the Habit team.

Michelle Hillier, pictured, learned she is a “Range Seeker,” which means she should eat about 50 percent of her daily calories in carbohydrates, about 30 percent from fat, and 20 percent from protein. Chiara Sottile

The Habit test kit is now available nationally (except in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, because of regulatory restrictions). In the San Francisco Bay Area, Habit users get an added perk: the company will cook you fresh meals in their Oakland kitchen based on your diet recommendations and deliver them to your door weekly.

Hillier receives about three dinners a week costing between $10 and $15 a meal and she can choose her meals with Habit’s online dashboard.

For Hillier, the Habit meals have been a positive addition to her already healthy lifestyle, though she admits: “The shake was awful,” referring to the metabolic challenge shake. “It was like drinking seven coffees, four avocados, and a scoop of ice cream,” said Hillier with a laugh.

Blood pricks and a “Challenge Shake” that lives up to its name could be barriers for some people but, Hillier says, it was well worth it for her.

“I’ve noticed that my clothes are looser on my body, I feel better. I noticed that I have more energy, honestly, since I started doing the meal plans,” said Hillier in an interview, noting she’s lost about seven pounds since she started receiving the Habit meal plans in May.

Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, where they offer DNA testing kits from Nutrigenomix.

“Many of my patients have mentioned to me that it [nutrigenomics] has truly changed the way that they eat. But I don’t think it’s the first step. I think seeing a professional and going over what those important goals and barriers are is definitely what you want to do first, said Kirkpatrick in an interview with NBCs Jo Ling Kent.

As some urge potential consumers to do their homework and speak with their own healthcare professional before they take the plunge into their genetics, the market for DNA-based products is racing ahead. Just last month, Helix, a personal genomics company, launched the first online “marketplace.”

Customers who have their genome sequenced with Helix get access to a slew of services from other emerging genomics companies ranging from Vinome,which aims to pick wine for you based on your genes, to EverlyWell, which offers food sensitivity and metabolism tests.

“People are very interested to go beyond the generalities that they’ve seen and get more specific to what’s actually impacting their genes,” said Kirkpatrick, though she warns this kind of testing “may not be ready for primetime.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics agrees, writing in a 2014 opinion paper that, “…the use of nutrigenetic testing to provide dietary advice is not ready for routine dietetics practice.” In the same paper, the Academy did also characterize nutritional genomics as insightful into how diet and genes impact our phenotypes.

“I don’t think it’s going to answer every single question that you may have about your health and it’s definitely not going to answer things that are very specific to health ailments that you may have,” Kirkpatrick told NBC News.

“Will it put you in the right direction towards knowing what foods you need to increase? What foods perhaps you should have less of and what’s the best source of protein or fat related to weight loss? Absolutely,” Kirkpatrick continued.

By 2020, the genomics market is expected to generate a staggering $50 billion globally, and diagnostic tools, health tech, and wireless wearables are expected to boom from $2 billion to $150 billion globally, according to one analysis.

“I think this is the start of a highly personalized future,” said Habit CEO Neil Grimmer. “What we really hope to do is actually dispel a lot of the myths, get rid of the fad diets and actually get something that’s personal to you.”

Michelle Hillier says her Habit “nutrition coach,” a registered dietitian, also advised her that she should consider factors beyond just her test results.

“She said take the results with a grain of salt, because you have to first see how you feel when you eat this way. It’s not meant to be the ‘end all be all,’ but it is a guide like anything else,” said Hillier.

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Scientists discover the BEST way to lose weight and keep it off – Daily Star

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 6:46 am

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If you’ve tried every diet under the sun to no avail, you are not alone.

A worrying nationwide survey of more than 45,000 women found that almost 60% said they “hated” their bodies and were constantly trying out fad diets.

If youre desperate to shed the pounds it can be very temping to try quick fixes that promise to transform your figure in a matter of weeks.

However, scientists have recently proven that the best way to beat the bulge is to lose a small amount of weight each week.

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If you really want to make a permeant change, the best way is to steadily not drastically cut down your calories.

Researchers from Drexel University in the US found people who did this were most successful at losing weight and keeping it off.

It may not seem as appealing as losing five stone on five weeks, but this strategy actually works.

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The scientists reached their conclusion by studying 183 obese and overweight people aged 18-65 for a year.

Over the 12 months they used meal replacements, reduced their calorie intake and increased their exercise levels.

Findings revealed that people who lost a little and consistent amount each week, lost more over the year than the yo-yo dieters.

Another year later, participants who lost weight slowly and steadily had also kept the weight off.

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The studys lead researcher Dr Emily Feig said: It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight control programme is really important for maintaining changes over the long term.

Co-author Professor Michael Lowe also offered some advise for those wanting to lose weight.

He said: Settle on a weight loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three quarters of a pound each week.

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Shed belly fat fast with this simple five-minute trick – Daily Star

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 6:46 am

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Have you ever caught yourself mindlessly shovelling food into your mouth when youre not even hungry? If the answer is yes, this five-minute weight-loss trick could help you beat the bulge.

Mindful eating the idea of savouring and appreciating your food isnt a new thing but recent studies have shown the true benefits of the simple practice.

People who eat mindfully are able to lose weight with minimal effort, according to multiple studies. But how do you do it?

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One expert revealed her simple tried-and-tested tip to eating mindfully the sultana exercise.

Charlotte Thaarup, an Australian clinical mindfulness consultant and director of The Mindfulness Clinic, revealed the five easy steps:

1. Take a sultana and spend five minutes using your five senses with it2. Feel it in your hand3. Smell it4. Taste it, rolling it around your tongue and noticing how it feels between your teeth

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The mindfulness consultant claims the simple trick could help you refocus your mind and stop you from binging on unhealthy food.

Whether you want to lose weight, call a truce in the war with your dear body, change your relationship with food, or reduce your daily stress by making healthier choices, Charlotte told the Mail Online.

When we think of eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia immediately spring to mind.

However, eating disorder charity Beat suggest that out of all people with an eating disorder, 10% suffer from anorexia, 40% suffer from bulimia and 50% suffer from binge eating and EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified).

The National Centre for Eating Disorders suggest that approximately 12 million people in the UK suffer from compulsive overeating

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Chew gum – A super-easy way to burn some extra calories is popping a few pieces of gum now and then. The act of chewing keeps your jaw muscles moving, andnot only will you be burning caloriesyoull stop yourself from consuming more calories.

Here are nine other ways you can attempt to curb overeating by becoming more mindful at meal times:

1. Chew 25 times2. Feed yourself with your non-dominant hand3. Eat every thing with chopsticks for a week4. Put your fork down between each bite5. Take your first bite with your eyes closed6. Try to identify every ingredient in your meal7. Put your food on a plate8. Sit at a table9. Keep a food diary

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Shed belly fat fast with this simple five-minute trick – Daily Star

Weight loss: Doing THIS daily will help you lose weight and SHED fat – Express.co.uk

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 6:46 am

A number of studies have suggested how often people looking to slim down or stay in shape should weigh themselves.

Recent research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine said weighing yourself daily could help you keep in shape.

The study recruited 294 college students and recommended one group weigh themselves at least once a week and the other weigh themselves daily.

Those who weighed themselves daily were found to not only prevent gaining weight, but actually lose weight.

The group experienced small, but significant, decreases in their body mass indexes (BMIs) after two years, compared to those who weighed themselves less often.

But other experts suggest weighing yourself every day is not necessarily a good thing.

The director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Brian Wansink, said people should weigh themselves only on Wednesdays.

The author of Slim by Design reported that weighing yourself in the middle of the week will give the most precise reading.

If you do it every week on the same day, your weight will be more consistent.

For those who decide to weigh themselves daily Prevention.com has some tips to keep in mind.

1. Weigh yourself around the same time every day

Registered dietitian Mia Syn said: Its important to remember that your weight fluctuates hourly based on multiple factors, such as the food you eat, how much youre drinking, your physical activity, and your bowel movements.

2. Remember a healthy weight is more than just the number on the scale

Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of your weight in relation to your height, and experts agree it is a great tool to help you determine if you are a healthy weight.

3. Know that there are other ways to check in

If you feel that stepping on the scale every day may do more harm than good, choose a different strategy that will help hold you accountable and keep your spirits up.

Dietician at Miraval Resort & Spa said: I recommend people measure themselves right below the belly button and at the top of the hip bones. Its a simple, accurate way to assess a reduction in visceral fat, the fat in and around the organs that is most detrimental to health.

A common lifestyle habit could be adding inches to your waistline.

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Forget ‘quick diets’ if you want to lose weight | Health24 – Health24

Posted: August 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Are you already feeling despondent after just two weeks of following a strict diet? Relax! Rome wasn’t built in a day.

If you’re trying to lose weight, take your time and stay the course if you want to keep the weight off, a new study suggests.

Fluctuations aren’t good

Researchers found that when dieters’ weight fluctuated or swung erratically, they were less likely to maintain their weight loss over time.

“It seems that developing stable, repeatable behaviours related to food intake and weight loss early on in a weight-control programme is really important for maintaining changes over the long term,” said study lead author Emily Feig. She is a former graduate student at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

What the study entailed

For the study, the researchers investigated why some people have more trouble maintaining weight loss. The authors enrolled 183 people in a 12-month weight-loss programme and followed them for two years.

The participants relied on meal replacements and set goals, for both their total calories and physical activity. In addition, they reported on food behaviours such as cravings, binges and emotional eating and took part in weekly weigh-ins in a group setting. One year after the weight-loss programme ended, the participants were weighed for a final time.

The study, published in the journal Obesity, found that the participants who had irregular swings in their weight didn’t fare as well as those who reliably lost a consistent amount of weight over the course of the programme.

Slow and steady guidelines

“Settle on a weight-loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing three-quarters of a pound each week,” principal investigator Michael Lowe, a psychology professor at Drexel, said in a university news release.

Health24 gives the following guidelines to lose weight slowly and to maintain the weight loss:

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Obese woman loses 10st in 18 months you won’t believe what she looks like now – Daily Star

Posted: August 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

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When Amanda Roberts stepped on the scale in 2014 and saw 23st staring back at her, she knew she needed to make a change.

The mother of one then turned to gastric bypass surgery which helped her lose an incredible 10st in just 18 months.

She said: When Talia started walking, I could barely keep up with her. I had such intense back pains from my weight that I could barely carry her, and even just playing on the ground with her exhausted me. I knew that I’d have to get my health on track if I wanted to be the best Mum I could be for her.

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The 23-year-old continued: For a long time, I thought I felt okay. I had tried so many ways to lose weight that never worked, so I had pretty much given up on trying and was ready to just live contently as a plus size person.

It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I realised how depressed I really was. I shut myself in the house all of the time, didn’t want to go anywhere, didn’t want to talk to anyone, mostly because I was ashamed of how much weight I had gained.

I was just tired and unhappy, and that’s not how I wanted to be as a mom and person, especially since I was only 21 years old!

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The surgery and ditching her unhealthy snack habit allowed the massive weight loss but it also left Amanda with 3st of excess skin.

The California woman had skin hanging from her stomach, legs and arms and the only way to get rid of the skin was through surgery.

Amanda fundraised the 7740 she needed for surgery in which doctors removed the excess skin and left Amanda with a flat stomach and weighing a svelte 12.8st.

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Amanda stated: I went from eating junk food and living a very sedentary life, to now eating a high protein, low carb diet and working out 5-6 days a week.

The weight came off easy at first, but now that I am almost 3 years post op, maintaining the weight loss and losing more is getting more difficult. After about 18 months post op, the effects of the gastric bypass start to wear off and it’s basically relying on your new healthy lifestyle to keep you going.

Losing the excess skin has resulted in Amanda being more confident than ever as she happily shows off her new body.

She added: Im more confident than ever! I know I’ve worked hard for my current body, and that makes me love it that much more!

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Steady may win the weight-loss race – Reuters

Posted: August 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

(Reuters Health) – Dieters who lose varying amounts of weight each week may not shed as many excess pounds as people who consistently lose the same amount week in and week out, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers examined data on183 overweight and obese adults who participated in a weight loss program with meal replacements provided along with goals for calorie monitoring and exercise.

After two years, the dieters who had the most consistent weight loss during the first three months of the program shed more excess pounds than the people who initially had more fluctuation, researchers report in the journal Obesity.

While the study cant explain whether or how consistency in weekly weight loss might contribute to success, its possible that different approaches to dieting played a role, said study co-author Michael Lowe, a psychology researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Those who lose weight steadily may have had more consistent eating and exercise habits before they joined our program and continued with that pattern as they cut back on calories and exercised more, Lowe said by email.

Those with more variable patters may be trying to lose weight as quickly as possible – so they sometimes have big weight losses, but this leaves them starving and unable to stay on their diet for a week or so, Lowe added. They regain some of their weight, get upset, and try to lose as much as they can again.

At the start of the study, participants were 51 years old on average and typically obese. The majority were white, and most were women.

Overall, participants weekly weight loss tended to vary by about 1.09 pounds during the first six weeks and by 1.33 pounds during the first 12 weeks of the study.

Women tended to be more consistent dieters than men, with less variation from one week to the next at both six weeks and 12 weeks.

The researchers found that higher weight variability during the initial six and 12 weeks of weight loss treatment predicted poorer subsequent, long-term weight control at one year and at two years.

For example, someone who lost four pounds one week, regained two and then lost one the next tended to fare worse than someone who lost one pound consistently each week for three weeks.

Interestingly, individuals who reported lower emotional eating, binge eating and preoccupation with food at the start of the study showed higher weight variability and less weight loss overall.

This suggests that initial weight change, rather than relationships with or behaviors toward food, is much more important in predicting who will succeed in weight loss and maintenance, the authors conclude.

Its also possible that variation in weight loss from one week to the next slows down overall weight loss, making it harder for people to achieve long-term weight loss goals, said Susan Roberts of the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

So people who are on their program some weeks but not others will inevitably lose less weight because you cant really catch up in the sense of making up bad weeks, Roberts, who wasnt involved in the study, said by email. At best, you can only get back on track.

Participants who had more consistent results might also do more thorough job of tracking what they eat and how much they exercise, said Dr. Anne McTiernan of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Perhaps the people with variability are having a harder time being careful about counting calories, watching what they eat, and staying active, McTiernan, who wasnt involved in the study, said by email. Slow and steady wins the race.

SOURCE: bit.ly/2vGXuCR Obesity, online August 28, 2017.

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The Psychological Reason You Don’t Feel Like You’re Losing Weight – GQ Magazine

Posted: August 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

How to set realistic fitness expectations.

Heres a familiar scene: You find a weight-loss program that promises to zap your love handles in eight weeks. So you go through the grueling effortusually restrictive, impossible-to-sustain methods that involve lots of proteinand, after the eight weeks, you feel disappointed that you dont look like Chris Evans from Captain America yet.

Proper management of these kind of expectations, and what you have control over, is important for you to stick to weight loss methods that work in the long term. (I.e. how you get actual results.) Unrealistic expectations of your abilities, left unchecked, can otherwise do a lot of harm in a couple of ways.

We are so used to seeing and reading about truncated timelines for looking a certain way that our expectations of whats realistic can feel like science fiction. Think about all the things that color your weight-loss experience, from “before” and “after” photos in ads to surreal TV shows like The Biggest Loser. If you expected to lose five pounds in three months, losing four seems okay. If you expected to lose 20 pounds instead, a mere four pounds seems like horseshit.

While weight loss can happen quickly, it really shouldnt. Steady weight loss happens at a rate of half a pound to a pound per week. Even then, that depends on your genetics and starting weight: the more overweight you are, the “faster” you might lose a few pounds initially; and the closer you are to your ideal weight, the slower the process becomes.

We also tend to be, as Tali Sharot explained in her TED talk, awfully optimistic about achieving undiluted awesomeness in whatever we choose to doand that includes losing weight. We’re predisposed for extremes. Beer and chicken wings? No, thanks, just boiled chicken breast and steamed vegetables please. Hit the gym six days per week? Sure! For a few weeks, at least. This optimism gets you into trouble when you slip up and decide that beer and chicken wings with your coworkers on Tuesday sounded like a great idea, after all. And afterward, man, does the guilt of “failing your diet” feel soul-crushing.

A paper in the International Journal of Obesity termed this “false hope syndrome” to describe your disappointment when your reality doesnt live up to your expectations. The author explains that it leads you to ignore your successes, but worse yet, you hyperfocus on your setbacks, blaming yourself and lack of willpower, and then feel guilty and hopeless about ever changing your ways. I remember when I lost 13 pounds over eight months, and even though Id lost weight, I felt like Id actually failed that I didnt look the way I expected. I ignored all my other successes and hard work, and it hurt my motivation and outlook for future attempts.

But how can you tell you have unrealistic fitness expectations?

If you feel like you have to temporarily turn your whole life upside down to lose or keep weight off, youve likely mis-calibrated realistic expectations with what you could possibly do with the time, energy, and resources you have.

According to Dr. Arya Sharma, MD, professor and chair in obesity research and management at the University of Alberta, a reasonable amount of weight loss that people can actually keep off with a reasonable amount of effort is around 5 percent of their total weight. Its nothing sexy, but if after five years and youre still down 5 percent, youve actually done better than the average, says Dr. Sharma.

The harder part of the whole process, he argues, is in maintaining, rather than losing weight. Thats because the things that you must do to lose weight are difficult to maintain in the long term. Whatever youve chosen to do to lose weight must be kept consistent, or eventually done with more rigor, to keep it off. So if you do things that you dont enjoy or are so extreme that you cant possibly keep them up for long without having a mental breakdown, thats a recipe for weight regain and the perpetuation of the same bad cycle.

Where expectations often dont add up is the common notion of I just need to lose the weight and Ill be fine, according to Dr. Sharma. Your desire for self-improvement is commendable, but be careful where you look for it. More importantly, dont start from a place of body envy because, as Dr. Sharma points out, theres always going to be a couple more pounds to lose. Instead, start from one of aspiring toward greater health, where you feel good and have high energy to lead a more fulfilling life. Direct your efforts inward to improve yourself, bit by bit, instead of trying to reach for something youre not or cannot become. Remember, screwing up is part of the process.

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Obese wife sheds half her body weight so she can create a lifetime of memories with her dying husband – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: August 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

An obese wife has shed half her bodyweight to make a lifetime of memories with her dying husband.

Taylor Murphy, from Seattle in Washington, USA, tipped the scales at 20 stone when partner Ricky Carrington was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer and given 15 months to live.

After using food as ’emotional crutch’ her whole life, Taylor knew she needed to be in the best physical shape to make the most of their time together.

She went from multiple large Starbucks mochas, takeaways and chocolatey treats, to a restricted food intake after having a vertical sleeve gastrectomy last year.

The 24-year-old switched healthy meal-planning combined with daily exercise with her husband and lost an amazing 10 stone.

Now Taylor is making up for lost time wearing a two-piece on the beach for the very first time. The couple also have a raft of fun activities planned.

Taylor, a retail store manager, said: “When my husband was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer, I used food as an emotional crutch.

“It’s been absolutely devastating for us, I wasted a lot of my life eating, sleeping and not being with him, but now we’ve both got to keep fighting now.

“For the first couple of months it was really numbing but I got a reality check and decided to make the best experiences I can in however much time we have left.

“After our wedding, I thought about what I could do to get happy and healthy for him, I made the decision to have weight loss surgery.

“A lot of my weight loss success came down to knowing I couldn’t fail I wasn’t just doing this for myself but my husband too, failing was not an option.

“I have so much more energy now, before I used to get home and go straight to bed after eating, now I’m not as tired.

“Having so much more energy has made our marriage all the stronger, I feel like my weight and mood was breaking him down before.

“Recently on the beach I was wearing a two-piece and didn’t care about what anybody thought, before I never thought I would ever be able to do that.

“I don’t feel like I’m being judged any more, before I was scared, miserable and constantly hiding who I am.

“Now we’ve been making the most of our time from visiting Disneyland, Hawaii, to hikes, beach breaks, visiting Pike Place Market and things I wouldn’t have had the energy to do before.”

Taylor weight soared out of control from poor nutrition choices, including regularly eating takeaways for most meals, desserts as a snack and high-sugared drinks.

She added: “I was always overweight, growing up I made bad food choices and while I was active, I didn’t put a lot of energy into it.

“I didn’t have the best mental state before, I was the face of the company for so was on a cycle of working, eating then going to sleep.

“My reactions and emotions were always focussed around food whether it was when I was sad or happy.”

But after partner Ricky’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis with a glioblastoma in 2014, she knew she had to change to be fit enough to take care of him and to make their lives as happy as possible.

Taylor said: “Unfortunately with the cancer we know there will be a point where I will need to take care of him, at that time I couldn’t even take care of myself mentally or physically.

“I knew I couldn’t eat my emotions away anymore, food was not going to help and so I made the decision to change my life.”

She opted for weight loss surgery in Mexico, which combined with healthy eating and regular exercise led her to transform her body.

Since slimming down to 10st 2 Taylor says as well as the change in her mentality, colleagues and friends often double-take when they see her.

Taylor said: “Before at work I would hide in the back office some days because people are judgemental and I didn’t feel good about myself but now I feel great.

“Now people don’t recognise me when I walk into stores I haven’t visited for a while, one of the girls I knew took 15 seconds to realise who I was.

“It says a lot about how different I look now, I don’t hide behind loud, colourful clothing and my hair like I used to I’m getting attention for the right reasons.”

Taylor now intends to start competitive bodybuilding.

She said: “My weight loss has implemented great lifestyle changes and hobbies that don’t revolve around drinking and eating anymore.

“Before I was large but now I have strong thighs and a slim, muscular build, I wear crop tops in public and get a lot of complements.

“I was even told that I look athletic, which was something I never thought would happen.”

Taylor attributes her husband as her inspiration and motivation for losing weight so quickly, but also says social media played a part in helping to keep herself accountable.

She said: “Ricky is very supportive, where some partners can struggle when their partner loses a lot of weight mine has been incredible.

“He compliments my body, tells me I’m beautiful and loves my confidence, he can see how happy I am and I love hearing the complements about how thin I am now.

“I never thought I would be so confident and happy with where I am in life, I’m shocked and so proud.”

Originally posted here:
Obese wife sheds half her body weight so she can create a lifetime of memories with her dying husband – Mirror.co.uk


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