I read a lot of health blogs. A lot. I don't read "diet" blogs, but lots of stuff about healthy, sane weight loss, healthy food, and mostly about the current research. It's the research that got my head spinning this time, along with the blog "Dances with Fat."
Here's the thing. The Dances with Fat theme is that it is possible to be fit and fat. I agree with that, probably because I am fit and fat. She writes a lot of inspiring stuff too -- like this video about not waiting to lose weight to be happy. That said, she alwo believes there is no point in even attempting to lose weight because she believes it won't work. Obviously, I don't agree with that. Recently, Dances with Fat reviewed a study that seems to show there is no point in losing weight. Many of the health blogs I read see it differently.
I've drawn my own conclusions about the study which has garnered a lot of press. The author focused on extreme weight loss methods and not the kind of weight loss that comes about from slow and permanent change. There are some issues with her methods. I think I've effectively demonstrated that for me, this weight loss is hard to achieve, but I still believe it is in fact possible and would be beneficial for my long term health. For me the takeaway from this study is that it is very important once I lose the weight, to keep it off. It is a life-long commitment.
It has all left my head spinning though, so I am noting it here! I am interested in hearing what you think of this.
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