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A Weighty Ramble

March 7, 2015

image This post is what I sometimes call a ramble.   I have something on my mind, a little stupid thing that is, as they say, renting space in my head for free.  Sometimes, writing about it serves as an eviction notice.  Let’s hope.  Last Thursday night at my Men’s Meeting, and old guy, even older than I … let’s call him Ozzie … walked up to me and after saying, Hi, Bud, he added, Are you gaining weight?  His annoying little smirk made it clear he thought he was being funny.  He wasn’t.

To Eat … or Not to Eat

April 1, 2014

TSTFor roughly 50 years of my life, I’ve battled with my weight.  It was a battle my Mom fought all her life, so I’m sure I inherited her genes since my Dad was thin until he passed away in his nineties, his fondness for cookies and desserts not withstanding.  The only time I was able to keep my weight down was in my forties and fifties when I did a ridiculous amount of exercise training for marathons and triathlons.  Since an Achilles tear limited my exercise to more modest forms, I’ve had one eye on the scalecoffee and another on the media, looking for a diet that I can stick with.  Yes, and an occasional hopeful glance in the direction of a miracle diet product like green coffee bean extract or raspberry ketones promoted by some supposed-doctor on TV.  I’ve lost weight with Atkins, I’ve lost weight with Weight Watchers and I’ve lost it on the South Beach Diet … and I’ve gained it back when my maintenance phase went too far from the base diet.

Perhaps nothing is more frustrating to the perpetual waistline battler than the continual parade of new diets and new diet supplements, the ebb and flow of what’s good for me and not good for me. Not to long ago, low carbs was the only way to go … now, it’s hard to find a low carb product in the market. Instead, we get low effective carbs (which take into account fiber and don’t count certain alcohols), or low glycemic index. Meanwhile I have friends who jellyare vegetarians and vegans and gluten-free. I even have one who eats according to her blood-type. I think it has something to do with the origins of her ancestors based on her blood type. I suspect my ancestors subsisted on a diet of jelly donuts. So, here’s Thought Number One on this Top Sites Tuesday #246All this confusion is just about enough to make me give up and eat whatever I want in moderation … which doesn’t translate into weight loss for me … or just throw my hands up and eat whatever I want, shouting, “We’re all going to die eventually,” as I do.

To make it all the more frustrating, recent studies reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation indicate that a gene known as the Mrap gene not only causes obesity, it may tend to make those who have the gene inclined to eat high-fat foods. It is freakin’ genetic !!  And now there’s this.  A paper published yesterday in the prestigious European Journal of Health has found that the Mrap gene not only contributes to weight gain but is also a marker for a shorter life-expectancy. The paper by Drs. Adrian Higglesby and Jon Catlin titled False Correlation Between Obesity and Life Expectancy Due to Life-Span Effects of the Mrap Gene suggests the shorter life span usually associated with obesity is actually due to the gene itself.  According to Higglesby, if the effects of the Mrap gene on life-span are included in the analysis of weight-mortality data, it appears that a weight approximately 35% higher than the UK National Institute of Health guidelines is healthiest for people over 60.  Hallelujah!  Furthermore, Read the rest of this post


May 3, 2012

Do you remember the 1988 film, released in the United States with the unlikely title of The Pope Must Diet?   According to Wikipedia, the script was based around the conspiracy theories surrounding the deaths of Pope John Paul I and “God’s Banker” Roberto Calvi.  It was intended to be a three-part miniseries, but after furious objections by the Catholic Church regarding the theme of the assassination of a bumbling Pope appointed when the instructions of the Mafia were misunderstood, Channel 4 dropped the project.  It was taken over and produced by Palace Pictures with Channel 4 financial backing with the title, The Pope Must Die. Most media outlets refused to carry advertisements for the film, citing its sacrilegious tone and the possible offense this would cause to readers and audiences.  The film and advertising were changed for U.S. distribution by the addition of a single letter … die => diet … and the summary on the VHS box was changed to imply that the movie was about the Pope needing to diet, not be assassinated.   Times must have changed since 1988.  We now have a Broadway play, The Book of Mormon, that mocks the central tenets of the the LDS church, and in spite of protests by Mormons, it hasn’t been changed to The Book of Herman. (more…)

Dieting Again

May 7, 2011

I’m feeling a little like Oprah Winfrey.   No, I’m not a bazillionaire with incredible influence in the entertainment industry.  I don’t grace every cover of OlderEyes Magazine with a maddening open-mouthed smile or make overnight successes of authors with Older Eyes’ Book Club.  I’m dieting again.  Finding over ten pairs of too-small jeans hidden away in my closet on Monday pushed me over the edge.   Just for the hell of it, I Googled Oprah Diet and found pages of articles.  Acai, the Oprah SuperfoodOprah’s 21 Day Detox.  Oprah’s quiz to help YOU choose the right dietAmerica’s Next Great Diet Craze … according to  Pardon me.  Isn’t going to Oprah for diet advice a little like coming to me for Hair Care Products?  Let me say this: DO NOT come here for diet advice.   (more…)