My Big Fat Life

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I try to avoid writing posts on a single source.  I get a lot of my ideas from the internet, but like any researcher or information source I like to find additional sources to supplement my blog.  I did, however, read a very good article on how life changing events can have a significant impact on a person’s weight.  These events are worthy of mention.  If we understand what causes weight gains throughout our lives it better positions us to control and address those circumstances.

  • Your Big Fat Marriage–I have actually posted on this topic before.  Marriage has it’s costs and benefits (I believe the benefits My Big Fat Life come out on top every time).  Statistically married people have more  sex than single people.  We also have a tendency to eat a lot more and a lot better.  As a result married people gain 6-9 pounds in the first five years of marriage.  Most of this weight comes in the first year.  Our bodies aren’t used to all that good food!
  • Holiday Weight–The average person gains one pound during the holidays.  Ooooohh!!  one pound–I’m scared!  Actually we should be.  one pound may not sound like a lot until you pick up a pound of meat.  Furthermore, that pound may not sound like a lot until you have 15 years of holiday weight gain after you transition into adulthood.  All of a sudden, those 15 years equate to 15 additional pounds.  I can only speak through personal experience, but my problem at thanksgiving is not the amount of any one specific food.  The problem for me is that everyone wants something different.  After the mashed potatoes, the stuffing, the turkey, the rolls, etc., the problem is not that I had a little turkey, a little mashed potatoes, and a little stuffing.  The problem is that I had a little of all that stuff.
  • Weight Gain from Pregnancy–This is not something I have experienced myself, but I could argue that I gained some of that sympathy weight with my wife.  What other explanation could there be for why I got so fat during that time period?  Women obviously have a much bigger challenge since they gain an average of 20 pounds after childbirth over 10 years.  In addition, there is a 7% increase…PER CHILD…that a woman will become obese during her lifetime.  Most women would like to know how to lose weight after pregnancy.
  • Perimenopausal/Menopausal Weight Gain–This maybe one of the sickest jokes of all.  Women have at least some control over the previously discussed issues.  Women will gain an average of 12 pounds within 8 years after menopause.  Post menopausal women burn 32% less fat than their non-menopausal counterparts.

Some of these issues are difficult if not impossible to control.  As I have said before, though, knowledge is power.  If you know these events are coming, and the presumed results, you may be able to mitigate some of these weight gaining events.  Knowledge is power–PRESS ON!

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A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

This premise may seem logical and reasonable.  The day anyone decides to have a child they give up the right to be a1546120 com 284pxobesi A Parent is Responsible for More Than Their Own Health bad example.   As a matter of fact, my opinion is that the day you start down the road to parenthood you relinquish all rights to selfishness and generally bad behavior.  This includes how you take care of yourself.  

The axiom of “Do as I say, not as I do”, never works.  If you smoke cigarettes, there is a greater chance that you will raise a smoker.  If you drink to excess, do not be surprised if your child develops problems with alcohol as well.  Finally, if you fail to pay attention to your health, weight and nutrition you will probably have children that follow in your footsteps.  Our responsibilities in this area are not limited to the days following the birth of our children, however. 

A recent study determined that exposing human embryos to high levels of saturated fat can actually harm the development of a child in utero.  The study went on to suggest that women should strive to achieve a healthy weight prior to having children.  The study focused on embryos from cattle but the implications from the study appeared to translate to human eggs as well.  Eggs exposed to high levels of fatty acids had fewer cells, altered genes and altered metabolic activity.  The scientists also believed the study provided some insight as to why obese women may have trouble conceiving in the first place.  

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Obese and overweight women have a tendency to metabolize more of the fat they store.  The fatty acids that are subsequently stored in the ovaries have been shown to be toxic to eggs.  Therefore, just like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can have serious health implications to an unborn child, being severely overweight and failing to eat properly can likewise produce adverse effects.  

A child doesn’t get a vote on who their parents will be.  They don’t get to choose the body in which they are conceived.  Therefore, the responsibility falls on the parent to do right by their children and make good choices, not only for their own health, but for the health of their children now and into the future.


Pregnancy and…weight loss?

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

As many of you maybe aware my wife Tamara struggled with obesity for much of her life.  As a matter of fact, when I first met her she had just completed a regimented diet plan helping her to lose a significant amount of weight.pregnant 2is Pregnancy and...weight loss?  Tamara was able to control her weight issues through limiting her diet for some time until she got pregnant with our daughter.  As a result of this pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy with my son, Tamara developed health issues that caused her to gain 65 pounds over the course of the next 10 years.  One of the things I remembered from both of the pregnancies is that the doctor was never concerned about Tamara gaining too much weight; rather, he  was concerned with her gaining enough. 

According to a article many doctors follow the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine in regards to pregnancy and weight gain.  According to this advisory panel, obese women should still gain 11 to 20 pounds during their pregnancy.  This recommendation is less than the 25 to 35 pounds recommended for women considered to be of normal weight at the beginning of their pregnancy. 

New research may indicate that weight gain recommendations for pregnant women are all wrong…or, at the very least, may need to be modified.  The associated study suggests that women with a BMI of 40 or higher could actually benefit from losing weight during pregnancy

Some of the benefits to obese women losing weight or maintaining their weight during pregnancy include:

  • Reduced potential for C-section deliveries
  • Reduced potential for delivering large newborns

The recommendations of the study presume that the expectant mother is eating a balanced diet that gives her the nutrients she needs to maintain a healthy baby and a healthy mother.  A daily nutritious 229 breastfeeding Pregnancy and...weight loss?protein based shake may help in this effort.  Another recent study has found that 54% of obese mothers are less likely to breast-feed their children.  Considering all of the health benefits associated with breast-feeding, this statistic should be of significant concern.

Both of these studies should cause both expectent obese mothers and their doctors to re-examine old paradigms.  If you would like to discuss this topic with us further or you would like to find out more about Isagenix nutritional products you can visit or call Tamara toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).