Something That Really Annoys Me: Anorexia and Bulimia vs Compulsive Eating

You know what really annoys me? People who don’t see Compulsive Eating as an eating disorder. Why is it that when someone is scary thin and admits to having Anorexia or Bulimia there is a collective “aww,” but when someone who is visibly fat and admits to having a Compulsive Eating disorder people just roll their eyes and snicker? I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum and let me tell you that Compulsive Eating and Food Addiction are eating disorders just like Anorexia and Bulimia. In all of them there is an element of control. For many with eating disorders, we feel like it’s the only thing in our lives we have control over whether we eat or don’t eat. In addition, many develop eating disorders for the same reasons such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional issues, mental health issues, abandonment, etc. So, why is it sad when someone is emaciated, but funny when they are obese? Take some time to mull this over and perhaps see that the obese person with an eating disorder warrants the same sympathy and help provided to her thin counterpart.

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Muscle Weighs More than Fat- MYTH

Ever hear that muscle weighs more than fat? I sure have and typically from friends or family members trying to cheer me up after busting my behind to stay on program and exercise and then my weight staying the same or gaining a pound or so. I hate to tell you this, but this whole thing is one big myth. A pound is a pound whether it be muscle or fat, bricks or feathers.

Today I came across a great article that discusses this myth and helps to explain the differences between muscle and fat:

Does Muscle Weigh More Than Fat?
Compact and efficient, muscle burns more calories and can bring faster diet results.
By Kristen Stewart
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

Like a lot of people, you might think that muscle weighs more than fat.

“When I hear this statement, I always think of the old riddle: Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?” says Laura Stusek, MS, fitness coordinator for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. “A pound is a pound!”

Muscle vs. Fat: Clearing Up the Misconception

Common sense tells us a pound of muscle and a pound of fat have to weigh the same, but they do differ in density. This means if you look at five pounds of muscle and five pounds of fat side by side, the fat takes up more volume, or space, than the muscle. That’s important when you’re on a diet and part of your goal is the lean look of muscle, not the flabby look of fat.

So why do people say muscle weighs more than fat?

“I find people make this statement when they put on weight,” says Stusek. “One person will say, ‘I gained three pounds and I’ve been working out.’ The good-friend response is, ‘It’s all muscle.’ And while this is a very comforting thing to hear, it’s just impossible to gain three pounds of muscle in a week. It is common for exercisers to lose fat and gain muscle without a change in body weight, so I understand why people often get frustrated.”

Muscle vs. Fat: The Truth

The first step in a successful diet and exercise program is to banish the idea that muscle weighs more and is therefore bad. In fact, Stusek recommends tossing out the scale altogether.

“I try to get people to think about how they are feeling, how their clothes are fitting, and how their body has changed,” Stusek advises. “It’s a hard thing to do sometimes. The focus should not just be the number on the scale. If we only did things to make ourselves weigh less, we wouldn’t necessarily be healthier.”

Muscle vs. Fat: The Benefits of Muscle

In fact, not only should dieters stop thinking of muscle as the enemy, they should embrace it as their friend.

Muscle boosts a person’s metabolism, so a pound of muscle will burn more calories at rest than a pound of fat. What does this mean? Even when you’re not exercising — you could be sitting on the couch watching TV — you will be burning more calories just by having more muscle.

Muscle has other benefits, too. It’s critical in improving bone density and helps prevent the loss of muscle mass that occurs with aging, allowing people to stay active as they get older.

Muscle vs. Fat: Ways to Gain Muscle

There’s no doubt cardio workouts such as jogging, cycling, and walking are important for calorie burning and good health. But strength training is vital, too. “Of course, we always think of lifting weights to put on muscle, and many fear they will become ‘bulky,’” says Stusek. “Women need to stop worrying about this.”

There are plenty of options to build muscle, ranging from free weights to resistance bands and even plain old soup cans. Stusek recommends enlisting the help of a personal trainer to design a balanced, full-body workout for the best results. “Or if you want to bulk up, lift heavy weights and do low repetitions,” she says. And two or three times a week, with at least one day off in between for muscle recovery, is sufficient.

Ultimately, building muscle mass is a good thing. So find some enjoyable exercises and get lifting.

Learn more in the Everyday Health Weight Center.

Source: http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/busting-the-muscle-weighs-more-than-fat-myth.aspx

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WLS Ignorance and Drama Junkies on the Net

Late last week there was a bit of drama on a closed weight loss group I belong to on Facebook. My ex-husband is kicking ass and taking names on his weight loss as part of a local radio contest. This person (who was a friend of someone we knew in the group) proceeded to attempt to steal his thunder on a four pound weight loss and then went on a very ignorant rant about him destroying his liver with such a significant weight loss. When I presented scientific evidence that showed such liver damage occurs with crash diets, people limiting their fiber and water intake, etc., she then proceeded to provide highly inaccurate information regarding Weight Loss Surgery (WLS). If you have been through the WLS process, then you know the type: citing information that is 25 years old, “I know someone who knows someone who died from it,” or statistics that compare healthy adults with obese ones who have comorbidities.

If you know me, then you know that you better bring your A game when trying to convince me of something that is grounded in ignorance, but most especially when that ignorance insults one of my family members. FYI- before spouting your gospel of weight loss, get your facts straight and back it up with CURRENT medical studies and not rumors you have heard from a friend of a friend or information that is completely outdated. In addition, don’t hijack someone’s celebratory posting for your own need to hear your own voice and stir up that big pot of chaos you cling to.

Finally, if you get called on your BS by one of the moderators or if you find that your argument doesn’t hold water, don’t be a wuss and delete what you said. Deletion shows everyone that not only do you know you are wrong, but are weak and can’t suck it up and own up to your rudeness and apologize to those involved. So, to Mr. Bear I say, “Yay You,” on your weight loss and good riddance to bad rubbish.

Post a Week 2011

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Kristen

Skip Resolutions= GOOOOOOAAAL!

Now is the time of year that everyone makes resolutions that are at times nearly impossible to complete. The majority of them center around weight loss and health and typically, people just dive in to the deep end on January 2nd and by about January 30th give up. Traditional resolutions set us up for failure, because we often forget to do them in steps. When you go at a resolution at full boar right from the get go, you don’t: give your body a chance to work up to that 30 – 60 minutes of exercise you haven’t been doing: give your brain a chance to make that activity; that food you want to eliminate; that water you want to increase; etc. a habit.

Look at your resolution as a goal, creating steps toward improvement and give it time to become a habit. If you have been sedentary, instead of jumping in to a spin class three times a week, start off with walking for 15 minutes 3 times a week for the first week and increase it each week until your reach your ultimate exercise goal. If your goal is to eliminate caffeine from your diet, don’t drop it all in one day or else you are going to be miserable. Begin by decreasing a specific amount for a week until you are no longer dependent on it. As the therapist in “What About Bob?” said, “Baby steps.” Baby steps are the key to long term success and tend to prevent burnout and boredom.

What are my goals for 2011? Track everything that goes into my mouth, work with my doctors to create an exercise program I can do without a lot of pain, and complete a revised business plan to gain some financial capital in order to advertise my business resulting in increased wedding and event bookings. I know I can’t jump in to this and the hardest one for me will be tracking. It’s something I hate to do, but know that my long term weight loss success depends on it. With that I say, “HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!”

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