SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE; BE THE TORTOISE, NOT THE HARE!

1-2 lbs per week of weight loss should be your goal.  Lose more than that, and you’ll likely be starving yourself,  burning up muscle.  But you need muscle (ladies, you, too – don’t worry – you won’t get “bulky” if you weight train) to burn calories.  If you lose muscle, once you stop starving yourself (you can’t keep that up forever), you’ll rebound and gain even more fat.

This story in the NY Times about “The Biggest Loser,” one of NBC’s most-watched prime-time programs besides football has some of the following comments:

Trae Patton/NBC Universal A trainer on the television show “The Biggest Loser” said the experience of Ryan C. Benson, who, pictured before and after, used dangerous weight loss techniques to win the contest in 2005, represents the dark side of the program.

“…the winner of the program’s first season, Ryan C. Benson, who lost 122 of his 330-pound starting weight…. is now back above 300 pounds … he publicly admitted that he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood….

Nutritionists and physiologists not affiliated with “The Biggest Loser” express doubt about the program’s regimen of severe caloric restriction and up to six hours a day of strenuous exercise, which cause contestants to sometimes lose more than 15 pounds a week….  On the first episode of the current season, two contestants were sent to the hospital, one by airlift after collapsing from heat stroke during a one-mile race….

Medical professionals generally advise against losing more than about two pounds a week. Rapid weight loss can cause many medical problems, including a weakening of the heart muscle, irregular heartbeat and dangerous reductions in potassium and electrolytes.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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