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Does Eating Really Satisfy You?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Grumble Mouthed Fat GuyI remember when I was in grade school, my 6th grade teacher asked the open-ended question “what did we like most about school?”  The answer blurted out by the ever loud-mouthed guy sitting in the back of the class was “lunch!” That was probably more of a truthful answer than I think the teacher-dude had considered.

But, now I wonder whether the answer has really changed that much that I am older and supposedly smarter.  Up to a few months ago, I had adopted some daily habits that had high calorie meals, snacks and drinks built-in. It is often difficult to find out how these habits snuck into a formerly healthy eating habit.

Weight loss means fat loss. Runaway male eating habits are most likely where I had fallen off the wagon. When I was eating on auto-pilot is where I was packing on the fat on my belly, love handles and under my chin. Yuch! The dumbest part of this whole thing is that I was not really enjoying what I was eating either. An extra slice of cheese, another beer, a handful of cookies were just fleeting pleasures that were not that enjoyable.

When I recognized that this fat is heavily linked to heart attack, diabetes and hypertension makes this situation even more scary. Eating myself into dis-health is just plain stupid. I realized that this had to stop, because I saw this weight gain as sort of permanent. Even after 30 years of healthy living, I had lost control of my weight. I had to make a change.

The medical facts are that obesity is not linked to either eating too much fat or carbohydrates (see “Food preferences and body weight control” France Bellisle – 1995). It is not linked to food choices. Obesity has been shown to be more prevalent among lower socio-economic strata, yet look around at your well-educated friends and you will see many fat guys and gals.

Here is What To Do

Here are a few simple things to do to make sure that you are getting satisfaction out of what you eat. Think about your level of satisfaction of your food. I’ll bet it is more about habit than satisfaction. Addiction is sort of an emotional attachment to a habit. See if these things are true for you:

1. Do you see your typical day as consisting of a few “high satisfaction” moments or peaks of eating? If you do, it is addiction or at least heavy habits. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal, snack or drink. But there is a lot of life going on between those peaks to be enjoyed. Food is just part of it.

2. Have you given up on losing weight? The question is have you given up on paying attention to what you eat, because you think you are a lost cause or not worthy of taking care of yourself. Or are you so attached to eating that your body is ballooning out of control? In this case, my guess is that you are not enjoying food enough. Sounds crazy, but fat guys are not the people that enjoy the food too much, but rather are hooked on the taste rather than savoring it.

3. Do you secretly fear going into a gym because you are terrified of someone seeing a pathetic fat guy? This is a real fear. Most likely the other people are way too involved with themselves and aren’t really paying attention to you. When you get home from this emotional ordeal, either food is a reward or a refuge. Don’t let exercise become an ordeal that you need to recover from. Food as a reward is also not a winning deal.

Here is a healthy definition of food that should help you decide whether you are running off the rails:

Food -  fuel that has been made tasty by nature.

Don’t stockpile fuel!

The Facts: Belly Fat and Heart Attack

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Belly Fat Means Heart Attach - Male Weight LossHeart Attack – is a game stopper for men. A heart attack is like a personal lightning strike early in your life.  The biggest concern of guys is having their lives permanently changed or stopped. Weight loss for males is really about belly fat loss. Belly fat is the first place that men gain weight, and that is a sure indication of your health risk.

In the words of Michael Jensen, M.D., of Mayo Clinic – “People who gain belly fat are at greater risk of serious health problems than are people who accumulate fat in other areas — and men are more likely than women to gain weight around the waist.”

Belly fat is worse than fat in other parts of your body because of its effects on your arteries (based on research by Miina Ohman, MD, PhD and other medical researchers at the University of Michigan).  Belly fat is linked to atherorschlerosis (or hardening of the arteries) which makes heart attacks much more likely.

So, how do you know how much belly fat you actually have?

According to Dr. Jensen, there are a lot of sophisticated ways of testing how much belly fat you carry (body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio), but just measuring your waist is the easiest way to go.  So, here’s how to measure your waist:

  1. Put a tape measure around your bare belly just above where you can feel your hipbone.
  2. Pull the tape snug around your belly without being tight (there should be no tension on the tape).
  3. Makes sure the tape is level all around (use a mirror, if you need it).
  4. Relax, breathe naturally and do not suck in your gut.
  5. Read the number on the tape.

Heart attacks are much more prevalent for waist sizes above 40″ (or 102 centimeters). If you are at that number or beyond, you are at a significantly higher risk of a heart attack.  Exercise is a MUST for getting rid of belly fat. As usual, this must be done under medical guidance, because you do not want to put yourself at greater risk by reckless activity.

You’ve got to get the belly fat under control before it is too late.

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