Can You Keep it Off?

Here’s an article in the New York Times, Weight Loss Surgery May Soon Be Paid by Medicare, that also questions the effectiveness of dieting and losing weight. “The problem with weight loss, researchers say, is that the advice so often given, eat less and exercise more, has not been much help.”

There’s a national registry that tracks people who have lost 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. According to the NYT’s article, “People in a national registry of successful dieters – they maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds for at least a year – report consuming just 1,400 calories a day and walking, or doing equivalent exercise, for an hour a day.” Let me tell you that when I was eating 1400 calories a day I lost 20 pounds in a couple of months and I was not only starving but I would actually feel dizzy if I exercised hard. That’s not a way to live!