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Help for trying to Get Pregnant

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We meet some amazing people through testing people in our pod. Just last week Ruth (not her real name) came in to be tested. Now we had tested Ruth before but not for two years! Most people come to us trying to lose fat or gain lean. Ruth had come to us 2 years ago because her nutritionist had told her to get an accurate fat percentage measured so that she would be successful in getting pregnant.

Ruth had been to a fertility clinic which had proven unsuccessful in her case. Then she tried a nutritionist who then referred her to a BodPod test. She got the test with us, made come changes so that her fat percentage was adequate, and had a beautiful baby girl. That was two years ago. This last week she made the appointment again with us as she and her husband want a second child. What a joy to be able to help this mother with her dreams!

Obviously, this is not the norm for us but it is another reason to know your health number!

20 Worst Drinks in America

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Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant Water (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)

150 calories
0 g fat
33 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 2 Good Humor Chocolate Éclair Bars

While “Worst Water” may sound like an oxymoron, the devious minds in the bottled beverage industry have even found a way to
besmirch the sterling reputation of the world’s most essential compound. Sure, you may get a few extra vitamins, but ultimately, you’re paying a premium price for gussied-up sugar water. Next time you buy a bottle of water, check the recipe: You want two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen, and very little else.



19. Worst Bottled Tea
SoBe Green Tea (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)

240 calories
0 g fat
61 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 4 slices Sara Lee Cherry Pie

Leave it to SoBe to take an otherwise healthy bottle of tea and
inject it with enough sugar to turn it into dessert. The Pepsiowned company’s flagship line, composed of 11 flavors with
names like “Nirvana” and “Cranberry Grapefruit Elixir,” is marketed to give consumers the impression that it can cleanse the body, mind, and spirit. Don’t be fooled. Just like this bottle of green tea, all of these beverages are made with two primary ingredients: water and sugar.




18. Worst Energy DrinkdrinksDN2
Rockstar Energy Drink (1 can, 16 fl oz)

280 calories
0 g fat
62 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 6 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts

None of the energy provided by these full-sugar drinks could ever justify the caloric load, but Rockstar’s take is especially frightening.

One can provides nearly as much sugar as half a box of Nilla Wafers. In fact, it has 60 more calories than the same amount of Red Bull and 80 more than a can of Monster. If you’re going to guzzle, better choose one of the low-cal options. We like Monster; it offers all the caffeine and B vitamins with just enough sugar to cut through the funky extracts.



17. Worst Bottled Coffee
Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino (1 bottle, 13.7 fl oz)

290 calories
4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
45 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 
32 Nilla Wafers

With an unreasonable number of calorie landmines peppered across Starbucks’ in-store menu, you’d think the company would want to use its grocery line to restore faith in its ability to provide caffeine without testing the limits of your
belt buckle. Guess not. This drink has been on our radar for years, and we still haven’t managed to find a bottled coffee
with more sugar. Consider this—along with Starbucks’ miniature Espresso and Cream Doubleshot—your worst option for a morning pickup.



16. Worst Soda
Sunkist (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)

320 calories
0 g fat
84 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 6 Breyers Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Wait . . . but aren’t all sodas equally terrible? It’s true they all
earn 100 percent of their calories from sugar, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still varying levels of atrocity. Despite the
perception of healthfulness, fruity sodas tend to carry more sugar than their cola counterparts, and none make that more apparent than the tooth-achingly sweet Sunkist. But what seals the orange
soda’s fate on our list of worsts is its reliance on the artificial colors yellow 6 and red 40—two chemicals that may be linked to behavioral and concentration problems in children.



15. Worst Beer
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot (1 bottle, 12 fl oz)

330 calories
0 g fat
32.1 g carbohydrates
9.6% alcohol

Carbohydrate Equivalent:
 12-pack of Michelob Ultra

Most beers carry fewer than 175 calories, but even your average extra-heady brew rarely eclipses 250. That makes Sierra’s Bigfoot the undisputed beast of the beer jungle. Granted, the alcohol itself  provides most of the calories, but it’s the extra heft of carbohydrates that helps stuff nearly 2,000 calories into each six-pack. For comparison, Budweiser has 10.6 grams of carbs, Blue Moon has 13, and Guinness Draught has 10. Let’s hope the appearance of this gutinducing guzzler in your fridge is as rare as encounters with the fabled beast himself.



14. Worst Kids’ Drink
Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury Twister (1 bottle, 20 fl oz)

340 calories
0 g fat
60 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 Two 7-ounce canisters Reddi-wip.

Don’t let Tropicana’s reputation for unadulterated OJ lead you to believe that the company is capable of doing no wrong. As a Pepsi subsidiary, it’s inevitable that they’ll occasionally delve into soda-like territory. The Twister line is just that: a drink with 10 percent juice and 90 percent sugar laced with a glut of artificial flavors and coloring. You could actually save 200 calories by choosing a can of Pepsi instead.



13. Worst Functional BeverageArizona Rx Energy (1 can, 23 fl oz)

345 calories

0 g fat
83 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 6 Cinnamon Roll Pop-Tarts
Obviously Arizona took great pains in making sure this can came out looking like something you’d find in a pharmacy. But if your pharmacist ever tries to sell you this much sugar, he should have his license revoked. And if it’s energy you’re after, this isn’t your best vehicle. Caffeine is the only compound in the bottle that’s been proven to provide energy, and the amount found within is about what you’d get from a weak cup of coffee.





12. Worst Juice Imposter
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (1 can, 23 fl oz)

345 calories
0 g fat
81 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 7 bowls of Froot Loops

The twisted minds at the Arizona factory outdid themselves with this nefarious concoction, a can the size of a bazooka loaded with enough of the sweet stuff to blast your belly with 42 sugar cubes. The most disturbing part isn’t that it masks itself as some sort of healthy juice product (after all, hundreds of products are guilty of the same crime), but that this behemoth serving size costs just $.99, making its contents some of the cheapest calories we’ve ever stumbled across.



11. Worst Espresso Drink
Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream (venti, 20 fl oz)

660 calories

22 g fat (15 g saturated)
95 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 8½ scoops Edy’s Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream

Hopefully this will dispel any lingering fragments of the “health halo” that still exists in coffee shops—that misguided
belief that espresso-based beverages can’t do much damage. In this 20-ounce cup, Starbucks manages to pack
in more calories and saturated fat than two slices of deepdish sausage and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s. That makes it the equivalent of dinner and dessert disguised as a cup of coffee. If you want a treat, look to Starbucks’ supply of sugar-free syrups; if you want a caffeine buzz, stick to the regular joe, an Americano, or a cappuccino.



10. Worst Lemonade
Auntie Anne’s Wild Cherry Lemonade Mixer (32 fl oz)

470 calories

0 g fat
110 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 11 bowls of Cookie Crisp cereal

There is no such thing as healthy lemonade, but Auntie’s line of  Lemonade Mixers takes the concept of hyper-sweetened juice and stretches it to dangerous new levels. See, sugar digests faster than good-for-you nutrients like protein and fiber, which means it’s
in your blood almost immediately after you swallow it. Drinking the 3 or 4 days’ worth of added sugar found here jacks your blood sugar and results in strain to your kidneys, the creation of new fat molecules, and the desire to eat more. Ouch.



9. Worst Hot Chocolate
Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream (venti, 20 fl oz)

520 calories
16 g fat (11 g saturated)
75 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 
9 Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats
See that stack of Rice Krispie Treats? It’s just three treats shy of two full boxes. Unless you were a contestant on Fear Factor–and there was a sizeable monetary prize on the line—you’d never even consider noshing down that much sugar at once. But here’s what’s interesting: While that stack is the sugar
counterpart to this atrocity from Starbucks, it still has 40 percent less saturated fat. Makes us wonder what’s going on in the hot chocolate. Stick to beverages with single-flavor profiles instead of pile-on recipes like this and you’ll fare better every time.



8. Worst Frozen Coffee Drink
Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte (24 fl oz)

870 calories
24 g fat (19 g saturated, 1 g trans)
112 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 
12 Dunkin’ Donuts Bavarian Kreme Doughnuts

Coffee-dessert hybrids are among the worst breed of beverages. This one delivers 1 gram of fat and 4.6 grams of sugar in every ounce, making even Starbucks’ over-the-top line of Frappuccinos look like decent options. Maybe that’s why DQ decided to give it a
name that alludes to the animal it promises to turn you into. If you can bring yourself to skip DQ and head to a coffee shop instead, order a large iced latte with a couple shots of flavored syrup and save some 600 calories. But if you’re stuck where you are, you’re better off pairing a small treat with a regular cup of joe.



7. Worst Margarita
Traditional Red Lobster Lobsterita (24 fl oz)

890 calories
0 g fat
183 g carbohydrates

Carbohydrate Equivalent: 
7 Almond Joy candy bars
Of all the egregious beverages we’ve analyzed, the Lobsterita surprised us the most. The nation’s biggest fish purveyor is one of the few big players in the restaurant biz to provide its customers with a wide selection of truly healthy food options. We would hope they’d do the same with the beverages, but obviously not. Drink one of these every Friday night and you’ll put on more than a pound of flab each month. Downgrade to a regular margarita on the rocks and pocket the remaining 640 calories.




6. Worst Float
Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Soda (vanilla ice cream and cola) (large, 28.6 fl oz)

960 calories
40 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
136 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 
9.7 Fudgsicle fudge bars

Done right, an ice cream float can be a decent route to indulgence. Go to A&W and you’ll land a medium for fewer than 400 calories. Order it with diet soda and you’ve dropped below 200 calories. So why can’t Baskin-Robbins make even a small float with fewer than 470 calories? Because apparently the chain approaches the art of beverage-crafting as a challenge to squeeze in as much fat and sugar as possible. Whatever you order, plan on splitting it with a friend.



5. Worst Frozen Fruit Drink
Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller (20 fl oz)

980 calories
40 g fat (36 g saturated)
115 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 16 medium-size chocolate eclairs

Imagine taking a regular can of soda, pouring in 18 extra teaspoons of sugar, and then swirling in half a cup of heavy
cream. Nutritionally speaking, that’s exactly what this is, which is how it manages to marry nearly 2 days’ worth of saturated fat with enough sugar to leave you with a serious sucrose hangover. Do your heart a favor and avoid any of Krispy Kreme’s “Kremey” beverages. The basic Chillers aren’t the safest of sippables either, but they’ll save you up to 880 calories.



4. Worst Frozen Mocha
Così Double Oh! Arctic Mocha (gigante, 23 fl oz)

1,210 calories
19 g fat (10 g saturated)
240 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 41 Oreo Cookies

A frozen mocha will never be a stellar option, but we’ve still never come across anything that competes with this cookie-coffeemilkshake hybrid from Così. Essentially it’s a mocha Blizzard made with Oreo cookies and topped with whipped cream and an oversize Oreo. The result is a beverage with more calories than two Big Macs and more sugar than any other drink in America.



3. Worst Drive-Thru Shake
McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake (large, 32 fl oz)

1,160 calories
27 g fat (16 g saturated, 2 g trans)
168 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 
13 McDonald’s Baked Hot Apple Pies
There are very few milk shakes in America worthy of your hard-earned calories, but few will punish you as thoroughly as this Mickey D’s drive-thru disaster. Not only does it have more than half your day’s caloric and saturated fat allotment and
more sugar than you’d find in Willy Wonka’s candy lab, but Ronald even finds a way to sneak in a full day of cholesterolspiking trans fat. The scariest part about this drink is that it’s most likely America’s most popular milk shake.



2. Worst Smoothie
Smoothie King Peanut Power Plus Grape (large, 40 fl oz)

1,498 calories
44 g fat (8 g saturated)
214 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent:
 20 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
If Smoothie King wants someone to blame for landing this high on our worst beverages roundup (and truth be told, its entire menu is riddled with contenders), the chain should point the smoothie straw at whichever executive came up with the cup-sizing structure. Sending
someone out the door with a 40-ounce cup should be a criminal offense. Who really needs a third of a gallon of sweetened peanut butter blended
with grape juice, milk, and bananas?Sugar-and-fat-loaded smoothies like this should be served from 12-ounce cups, not mini kegs.




1. Worst Beverage in America
Cold Stone PB&C (Gotta Have It size, 24 fl oz)

2,010 calories
131 g fat (68 g saturated)
153 g sugars

Sugar Equivalent: 
30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies
In terms of saturated fat, drinking this Cold Stone catastrophe is like slurping up 68 strips of bacon. Health experts recommend capping your saturated fat intake at about 20 grams per day, yet this
beverage packs more than three times that into a cup the size of a Chipotle burrito. But here’s what’s worse: No regular shake at Cold Stone, no matter what the size, has fewer than 1,000 calories. If you must drink your ice cream, make it one of the creamery’s “Sinless” options. Otherwise you’d better plan on buying some bigger pants on the way home.

Did You Know??

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Weight Loss Myths #1

You can just exercise it off.
While it’s possible for some of us with a fast enough metabolism or the right workout routine to burn more calories than we eat, it’s often not sustainable. Nor is exercise-only weight loss a good indicator you’re getting the nutrition you need long term to sustain and maintain a healthy life. Sure, you might be able to work off a diet of burgers, fries and shakes, but you might still die of a heart attack.



Weight Loss Myths #2

Skipping meals is a great way to lose weight. 
Skipping meals not only nutritionally starves your body and brain; it slows your metabolism down, which actually makes it harder to lose weight.


Weight Loss Myths #3

The scale and BMI (body mass index) are accurate ways to monitor if you are at a healthy weight.
Neither the scale nor BMI take into account some pretty important characteristics unique to you, such as your gender or your body frame (ex. do you have a small, medium or large frame for your height) or how much of your weight is fat versus muscle.


Weight Loss Myths #4.

A pill, lotion or drink will take the weight off permanently.
The weight didn’t magically come on; taking it off permanently and safely takes lifestyle education and change. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, but it does take change.


Weight Loss Myths #5

Losing more than about ½ pound a week is about all that’s healthy and sustainable for weight loss over time. 
While Vitela whole-heartily supports anything that is working for you, we support a doctor-recommended clinical food program where clients lose an average of 8-22 pounds monthly. Especially for those folks who have a lot of weight to lose, staying on track at only ½ pound loss per week is challenging for most of us.


Complications of Childhood Obesity


Mechanically separated chicken, also known as “The Pink Gue”

This is served in many fast food restaurants as chicken nuggets and chicken patties. What are you putting into your body?



Body scan of 250 pound woman and 120 pound woman

If this isn’t motivation to work out, I don’t know what is!! Note to self: Look at the size of the intestines and stomach; how the knee joints are rubbing together; the enlarged heart; and the fat pockets near the brain


This MRI cross section of leg muscles

This is utterly fascinating and sobering. Exercise will save your life.



Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays! (part 2 – Shopping)

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Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays!

Part 1- Shopping!
holiday-shopping-MedifastWhen going to the Mall:

  • Dress Comfortably
  • Remember your Program meal replacements
  • Don’t go hungry
  • Stay Hydrated! Bring a bottled water
  • Pack some Pep with the Calorie Burn Infusers and/or Antioxidant Infusers
  • Bring along sugar-free chewing gum, cut up celery sticks or another snack option.
  • Keep your mouth busy and chew away frustration without hindering your weight loss efforts.
  • Wear a pedometer and keep track of your steps
  • Exercise while waiting in line. Ex: Calf raises (I’d love to know those of you that take me up on this 🙂
  • Mall food courts can have healthy options, but the question is… WHAT food should you choose?
  • Go Green (as in Lean and Green): Follow the parameters of the Lean and Green meal as closely as possible by focusing on grilled, broiled, baked or steamed protein and non-starchy vegetables. Condiments: Choose lower calorie options such as: Yellow mustard (1 tablespoon or 3 packets = 1 condiment option and) contains just 9 calories and 1 gram carbohydrate. Avoid those that are piled high with high fat meats and cheeses or that have a lot of extras such as croutons, crispy noodles, and/or high calorie dressings.
  • Drink plenty of water as well as other zero-calorie beverages (such as diet soda, or unsweetened iced tea).
  • Just say “no thank you.”  Avoid the food court.

Remember, that weight loss is a journey. If you slip up with an occasional treat, this will not ruin your chances of long term weight-management success. Keep a positive attitude, this goes a long way. Develop a plan, write down your feelings, goals and your barriers. Read it from time to time. This may be just what you need to get you through the season.

Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays! (part 1)

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Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays!

Part 1- Parties!


thanksgiving-Staying-Healthy-Take-Shape-For-Life-MedifastRemember, that you have worked hard, whether it has been all year long, just a few months or maybe you just made the commitment for optimal health. You want to be able to survive the next 2 months’ social engagements and gift giving season (no matter what you celebrate) to help you keep moving towards your weight loss goals.
This is a great time of the year, it is important to focus on the reason for gathering, and that is to spend time with loved ones, family and friends. Many social gatherings are centered around food. This can be frustrating, scary and extremely tempting when attending a party or celebration.
Here are a few tips you can use when you are attending parties and giving gifts:

  • Don’t go hungry-try eating a Program meal or part of your Lean and Green prior to arriving at the party. This will help curb your appetite.
  • If you are invited to a party, which happens to be a potluck, this is a great opportunity to bring a healthy choice, that also fits with your program
  • When you arrive at the party-and you want to partake or try food, use the smallest plate with healthy choices.
  • Be mindful of your Healthy Choices, fresh vegetables, lean proteins and salad.
  • Limit or skip foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.
  • What happens when you are the host/hostess?? There are many tempting opportunities to “graze” when packing up leftovers. Divide leftover’s into Lean & Green meals. Allow someone else to pack up the leftovers and you offer to wash the dishes.
  • Develop a Plan of Action for Surviving an Event: Identify your personal barriers and strategy, write it down.  Plans make the difference!
  • Take time for yourself!! This is a very busy time to the year for people, take time to exercise and keep your body moving. Just taking a walk can give you that alone time you need to get your body moving and regroup.
  • In advance ask your family and friends to forgo food gifts. Examples: wine, cheese, candies. You may say this year, let’s get together and start focusing on relationships instead of the food we eat.

Thriving – not just surviving the Holidays!


Considering Bariatric Surgery? Bill’s Story (part 4)

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Considering Bariatric Surgery?  Bill’s Story (part 4)



Bariatric-Surgery-vitela-Health-Bodpod-Vancouver-MedifastMy hope is that anyone considering bariatric or lap band surgery will seriously consider what I have been through and the success that I have had.  My first year I lost 250 lbs. — half of my body was burned.  I am different – seen differently by others.  I act differently – making better decisions about my life and my health.  I have two years under my belt of healthy eating and have thus far lost 265 lbs.  I still have a bit to go but was intent on maintaining and not losing.  I have proved that I can do this.  I can be healthy, I can live a fruitful life and I can embrace life!

As I said in my last blog, I am currently pursuing health coaching so that I can pay it forward.  There are others out there that can identify with me.  They feel at a dead end and without the ability to change their health, their outlook, or their life.  I want to shout out – I can help!

If you know of someone – or if you are that person who needs to be healthy and lose lots of fat please give me a call.  I really can help.  I really do understand.  I am not one of those people who say they can understand because they have lost 50 or 60 lbs.  I have lost 265 and counting – and have kept it off for 2 years!  I really do understand!  Give me a call: Bill 360-771-0172

Considering Bariatric Surgery? Bill’s Story (part 3)

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Considering Bariatric Surgery?  Bill’s Story (part 3)



Bariatric-Surgery-vitela-Health-Bodpod-VancouverI just cannot say how very important this time was to me.  I could eat in a restaurant.  Inside a restaurant – in a booth! I could walk the few steps to my work without having to stop several times because I was winded.  Understand I was still large – VERY large but for the first time I had hope!  Every day seemed to bring a new landmark.  People talk about belt notches cinching up – for me it was actually wearing a belt!

People were beginning to notice after the second month.  I was getting high fives and kudos right and left.  I can tell you that this did a lot for me at this time.  It was difficult to receive but my friends love me and they loved seeing me get healthy.

It was amazing that even thought I still had lots of weight to lose – my numbers were coming into healthy levels.  My blood sugars were normal quickly as I wrote last time but all my blood levels were coming into a normal range.

I was so excited, happy, blessed.  My whole life was turning around.  My relationships were blooming, my family was supportive.  People were not worried that I would die tomorrow.  I continued to lose and bariatric surgery became a joke!  Why would anyone do that when this plan is available?  It may not work for everyone but it is so healthy and life giving it should be tried first!  As I said before the plan is used by post bariatric patients as it is so nutritionally dense – why not try it before!!

I began to think about coaching myself – paying it forward.  I can so identify with being morbidly obese!  I wanted to be a Certified Health Coach as well!

Considering Bariatric Surgery? Bill’s Story (part 2)

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Considering Bariatric Surgery?  Bill’s Story (part 2)



Bariatric-Surgery-Alternative-MedifastSo I told my Certified Health Coach that I would try it for a month and see if I could do it.  I was pretty sure that I could do it – but that it would not work.  The plan is simple. I got to eat 6 times a day…sounds good.  The food was packed with nutrition and balance.  OK – I was a fast food fan – that way I did not need to get out of my vehicle and did not need to cook for myself.  This plan the food was easy, quick and I was assured balanced and nutritious.

I went to the doctor before I started the plan and she was just happy that I was doing something!  She had heard about the plan as it had been developed by doctors (there is even a plan in this program to feed bariatric patients as the food is nutrient dense as this post surgery requires).  My weight was 513 and my A1C was 10.1 and blood sugar 342; actually all my numbers were terrible.  She was sad as she shook her head at how poor her patient was doing.  She painted a bleak picture – but then I was used to that.

So I plunged in!  The first three days were just like my Certified Health Coaches described – difficult!  It takes three days to get your body into a fat burning state.  I was determined to give it all I had in me for the first month – I had promised!  Day four was like the sun bursting through!  I had energy was sleeping better and not hungry!  Are you KIDDING me – no hungry!  It was amazing!  So after the first week I shred 19 lbs.  That put me under 500 and I was on my way!

It wasn’t long before I was on autopilot as far as eating.  I was eating to fuel not eating to hide or to console myself.  Now at my morbidly obese frame I was still morbidly obese even though I had lost 19 lbs.  That amount was a drop in the bucket in my sea of fat.

After my first month I lost 50 lbs and I was hooked!  My A1C went to 5.1  and my blood sugars were 111 in normal range.  My doctor certified me non diabetic!  Seriously!?  I am pursuing health!

Considering Bariatric Surgery? Bill’s Story (part 1)

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Considering Bariatric Surgery?  Bill’s Story (part 1)



Lose weight nowMy name is Bill and I used to weigh over 500 lbs.  That is one weighty sentence!   With it comes crashing in on me the rejection the problems, the isolation, the loss of relationships and just plain pain.

I honestly thought that my life was destined to remain the same.  I had given up.  I saw no way out and though I had thought about bariatric or lap band surgery I thought that was not an option as I had no inkling of how to pay for the procedure and was not fond of this intrusion and surgical pain into my body.  I thought that as I had not been successful in any other thing as far as my body was concerned – that this would be more of the same.  Plus I had read about people eating through the reduction to come to the same place in their lives — just as much weight to lose and just as many problems.  I had also read about severe health problems resulting from bariatric surgery sometimes causing death!

I had a friend who I watched quickly and safely lose over 50 lbs in a short time.  I was interested but not convinced – after all 50 lbs was really a drop in the bucket for me.  I decided to talk it over with his certified health coach.

If you are reading this and you are morbidly obese you know the problems I had in life at an everyday level.  If I went to a friend’s home I was not assured that I would be able to sit.  Could I sit without breaking his furniture?  Not all furniture can hold 500 lbs!  Can I go to the bathroom?  Are there stairs? Can I get there – I could fit into my van but there were not many cars that could hold me.   I was at a point that all of these would look to me like an insurmountable obstacle.  It is amazing how many times people would suggest bariatric surgery as if it were not the serious major surgery that it is!

After talking to my Certified Health Coach I decided to give this plan a try.  I first got into a BodPod machine – a gold standard in determining a person’s fat to lean to within 1.6 ounces!  You must understand – I measured NOTHING in ounces.  So I went – not super excited to get bad news….how could it be good?

After the easy short series of tests I got the results.  Some of the results were good!  I found that I had over 200 lbs. of lean muscle mass and that was VERY good.  Of course I did – my coaches assured me – I constantly weight lift!  I laughed with them as I saw the truth – this weight that I had been carrying around was developing muscle.  The remaining fat would still kill me if it was not shred but I DID have lots of muscle.  No one had EVER told me that!

I decided to try the plan for one month.  That was the trial I would give it we would see.

Why Weight?

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Why Weight?


Healthy-WeightTake-Shape-For-Life-BellevueIn today’s America, being overweight (over-fat) is the norm — but it’s not normal. In fact, this common problem is one of the things that make diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and arthritis so common. And if that’s not bad enough, it also increases the risk of male maladies, ranging from erectile dysfunction to BPH and prostate cancer. I have coined the phrase over-fat because weight can be in the form of healthy muscle mass.

One of the things necessary to shred fat is a plan that involves fat burning. This is essential to healthy weight loss. We have often heard that there is no quick fix.  That may be true – but in my experience as a Certified Health Coach I find that true fat burning is indeed quick.  Some have said it is too quick.  Not because it is unhealthy but because it does not give the client time to adjust to his new body and to identify with the changes.

Some companies say that their products put people into fat burn but the truth is that fat burning is a very specific balance.  It involves balance of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  If these are not adequate or in imbalance I submit that the person is probably burning lean muscle mass.   One of the things that the BodPod does is that it PROVES the burning of fat and fat only!  I have clients all of the time that prove this to me and to themselves using this tool.  So much so that I KNOW that if a person cannot come to my location and test with the BodPod I am still assured that they are burning fat and fat only!

Building muscle is important to health as well – VERY important — and is the next step that we take people to — ultimate health.   Shredding fat first is very important as an undue amount of fat is a stress on the body.  Because of that stress to joints, organs and systems I recommend shredding the fat first!  Then you will FEEL like moving more!  More on that in my next blog as we discover together habits that move us to health!