Losing Weight Permanently is Possible

May 20, 2016

I’m not saying this because I’ve done it.
But because this belief system is necessary if we are to change our lives for the better.

I’m sure you’ve read that NY Times article about The Biggest Loser contestants by now.

How a lot (most?) of them gained all that weight back and some more. How their metabolisms were wrecked after the show. They could barely eat the same amount of food as another person with similar weight. How our biology is stacked against us losing weight permanently. It’s a near impossible uphill climb, the article concludes.

I read that article too.
And felt depressed for a half hour or so.
Then proceeded to erase any memory of reading it from my mind, wiping my brain clean with a neuralyzer. Because true or not, that piece of information will not serve me any good.

There are many who have lost weight for good. Tons of em.

There are people who’ve quit smoking, overcome diabetes, adrenal fatigue, lyme disease, and even cancer. Whatever health problem you can name, you’ll find someone out there who has overcome it.

There are folks who’ve been to the moon too.
And invented reusable rocket ships and super badass electric cars. Losing a bunch of weight, why should that be any more impossible than space travel?

So, it was refreshing to run into a Paul Krugman op-ed (also on NY Times), where he responds to the original Biggest Loser article using his own anecdotal evidence.

He lost around 45 pounds.
And his weight has been stable for 2.5 years and going.
His metabolism, he notes, seems to be just fine. Eats and drinks mostly what he feels like without major issues.

Paul rightly concludes:

“Still, I’m really glad that I didn’t read a bunch of articles telling me to not even try, because the effort was doomed by biology.”

Losing It (Personal and Trivial) – Paul Krugman