Weight Loss Reality

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Being overweight is a major contributing factor to heart disease.  If you are eating so much that you are overweight then that means all that saturated fat is clogging your arteries as well as your thighs.

Some of the guys at the office are doing a weight loss challenge for the next few months and I find it interesting in the way they are going about it. Denial seems to be their main attack.

There is only one rule to weight control.  Diet and Exercise. It’s simple physics.  Energy In equals Energy Out.  Energy not used by exercise must be stored as fat.  There are no shortcuts or fad diets that will work if they violate the rule.

You can’t explain it to people either because they don’t want to listen.  They are convinced that if they cut out carbs then they will lose weight.  Since meat is not carbs they think they can go wild with a plate full of it.

Cutting carbs is good because carbs turn to sugar and sugar is a major source of energy.  That’s good for a while but is not sustainable.  For your diet to be effective you have to cut all sources of energy. (Which is measured in calories.)

As you learned in school, A Calorie is the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C.  Do you remember the experiment where you burned something under a beaker of water and measured the temperature increase?

A calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from.  If you want to be serious about your diet and not violate any of the laws of physics, then cutting calories is the thing.  They guys here don’t want to believe that meat is full of calories and won’t listen to me.

Cutting carbs is a start but don’t think that will be the end. You have to continue to manage rest of your intake.  Great physicists like Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking couldn’t violate the laws of physics so what makes you think you can do it?

Pay attention!  I’m trying to help you.

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Light Therapy – Get Naked!

I had a little time to spare this afternoon before I have to rush off to a mid-day band concert so I decided to take a few minutes to get a little light therapy.

It wasn’t exactly sunny on this early March Sunday but you have to take what you can get.

I’ve been cooped up in an office all winter and haven’t experienced any sun in countless months.  A little light therapy can do wonders for your body and soul.  Take advantage of it when you can and feel the sun.  A little is good for you!

Get naked and let the sun wash away your anxiety.  I feel so much better now.

Do glasses make your eyes lazy?

glassesMy eyesight was awesome until I hit 40.  They warn you but you never expect it to happen to you.  Suddenly I was unable to read menus in restaurants and the small text on my phone. Begrudgingly I started to wear reading glasses which restored my close up vision to perfect sharpness.  My distance sight is still fine so I don’t wear them except for reading and computing.

It kept feeling like my vision was getting worse and worse.  Now I can’t see shit up close without glasses.   I was concerned that wearing reading glasses causes your eyes to get lazy and lose the muscle that keeps them in focus.  I read that it is not true but I’m beginning to wonder about that.

A few days ago I decided I would go without my glasses for a while and see what happens. At first I couldn’t see anything and had to strain my eyes.  After a few days it wasn’t so bad.  Now, the text on my monitor is still a bit blurry but I can manage fairly well without my glasses.  At times it doesn’t seem quite so bad.  There are still times when I need them but for the most part, I don’t have to feel blind without them.

I tend to think that the things I read on the internet are true.  You would expect to be able to believe what you see on reputable health sites.  I’m thinking not so much.

There’s no doubt that my vision without glasses is better now than it was when I relied on them.  I’m going to continue my experiment for another week at least.  So far so good.

 

“No vegetables, Please.”

Wow!  It’s amazing what you will see when you’re out in the public.  Even more so in a restaurant.

Today I was having lunch in a Chinese restaurant when I overheard someone at another table ordering.

He actually ordered a dish and said, “No vegetables.”

This man obviously eats meat only and never touches vegetables.  That’s sad.  He gonna die!  Goodbye vegetables, hello heart disease.

I know.. I shouldn’t judge others but…Damn!  Really?

 

Meatface

After my coronary artery stents were put in, I was told outright by the doctor, “You need to be a vegetarian!”

There’s no doubt the American Diet is a death sentence.  High in saturated fat and cholesterol, it’s not surprising that 610,000 people die of heart disease every year.  We eat the worst crap and deny any ill effects while silently, plaque builds up in your arteries until you turn 48 and die.

I’ve taken it seriously and eat a low fat diet every day.  The daily recommended intake of saturated fats is 13 grams.  I try to keep my intake in the 0-5 mg range.  Heat disease is reversible if you are serious about it.  Many days I can do zero by eating only vegetables and maybe tofu.   That doesn’t mean I don’t splurge occasionally for those special occasions.

Minimizing sodium helps keep your blood pressure down which is also very important to help prevent stretching damage to your arteries.

Something I’ve run into quite often when I order food is “Meatface?.  That face people make when I tell them to hold the meat or substitute something else.  Just yesterday I was at Subway to have a veggie delight sandwich.  The girl making the sandwich asked me if the Veggie Delight was good.  Apparently she hasn’t tried one because when I told her that you don’t even notice the meat is missing, she made the face I’ve see so many times.  It’s a look of revulsion like eating a sandwich without meat is some kind of horrible taboo.  I realize that not eating meat takes some time to get used to but it still amazes me that people have such a reaction.

There was a time, back in the early 1900s and before, where meat was not so available or affordable.  People only ate meat once or twice a week if at all.  It was normal.  Funny how things have changed.  The thought of a meal without meat is outlandish.  You must be some kind of alien from another planet. People don’t even know how to eat a no-meat meal.

It’s not going to change anytime soon and it’s a good thing we have statins and blood pressure medication to make up the difference in our poor eating habits.  Without them 48 would be our age limit.  If your doctor says to take cholesterol and blood pressure medication then you had better do it if you plan to continue eating meat.  I doubt you will understand until you have your first and possibly last heart attack.

You may think you are eating a healthy diet now but if you are eating meat three times a day then you are possibly three times over the limit for saturated fat.

Eating right is very important. Wake up!!!  You’re doing it wrong.

 

Nuclear Stress Test

strststThis morning I went in to do a Nuclear Stress Test.

Why is it called nuclear?  Because they inject you with radioactive dye that the camera picks up on to image your heart arteries and see what level of blockage you may have.

I just passed the 6 month mark since my stents were put in and we are checking to see how things are going with them and what the rest of my arteries look like.  The worst part was that it cost me $2400 out of pocket.  Why do I have insurance?  I’m going to have to call them and see what the heck happened.

They gave me an initial dose of radioactive material then put me in the camera for 15 minutes to get a “Before” image.

Next they put me on the treadmill to get my heart rate up to 146.  They start out slowly and my rate went up to 85 then 100.  The last step was up to medium jogging speed which just about took me to the limit of my endurance but I managed to hold out to hit the 146 BPM requirement.  They shot me up again.

They put me back into the camera for 12 minutes and I was done.  The whole thing took about two hours and was relatively painless other than the running and the pain in my wallet.  It will be a few weeks before we get the results.

With two doses of radioactive material, I wonder if I’ll develop super powers.

 

Learning to run again

rnnrI’m supposed to get more exercise but finding ways is difficult when you don’t have a lot of extra time.  I’ve been walking around the block but not really feeling that it is enough exertion.  I entertained the idea of running but every time I tried I felt like I was stumbling and going to fall.  Little by little I would run for a 50-100 feet and walk again.  Now it is starting to feel more natural.

Today is November 22nd and instead of cold it was 77 degrees when I got home after work.  It was already getting dark so I stripped naked and put on my tiny black running shorts and some shoes.  I hit the street and managed to run quite a bit.  My walking app indicated that I had traveled a mile in 13 minutes rather than the usual 18 it takes if I walk the whole way.

I didn’t feel like I was going to fall.  It still feels weird but not entirely unnatural anymore.  The last time I remember actually “running” was when I was in elementary school.  That was many lifetimes ago.

I don’t know much about running so I wonder if it is bad for my knees.  That would suck to have fucked up knees in a few years.  I guess I’ll have to do some googling.  I do feel like the running is effective exercise so I think I will try to do more of it.