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Tapeworm Diet

I found this old post from my Blogger days. It was one of the first from the Losing It Series.  Thought I would share this since it is no longer on my active site.  I may pull some more posts from that series in the coming weeks.

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I found the miracle cure for weight loss.  I found it on the internet, of course.  It is called the Tapeworm Diet.  I am not kidding.  There is a Tapeworm Diet; and yes, it involves a real Tapeworm.  Here is the information I found about this “diet”:

“So what does a tapeworm in your gut actually do? It secretes proteins in our intestinal tract that make our digestion of food much less efficient. A less efficient digestive systems means that you can consume more calories through your food since your “body guest” is also noshing on them for his own growth purposes. Some scientists estimate that those infected with a single tapeworm can lose up to one or two pounds each week.”

Extreme?  Maybe, but is it anymore extreme than allowing a surgeon to place a big rubber band around your stomach or cut out part of your intestine?   What about giving up sugar and carbs totally?  We could say it is easier than running triathlons, jogging for miles everyday, or spending your life and fortune in a gym.

Let’s look at those people on the Biggest Loser reality TV show.  They leave their life, families, and jobs to go and live in a big house with strangers.  They show off their layers of fat being pushed up by tight spandex to the entire TV viewing world. Don’t forget that they are beaten to death by two obsessed trainers.

I wonder if any of you reading this understand how desperate many of us are to lose weight and change our lives.  We have bad knees, bad backs, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other health issues caused by weight.  We look at the clothing in our favorite store and then have to go to the “other” stores that sell fat clothes.  Oh, wait, sorry, I meant Plus Size.  I dream of the day I can fit into a size 16, while normal weight friends are mortified it they hit a size 14.

Many of us have tried the most popular solutions that have passed our way-Atkins, Sugar Busters, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, diet pills, Jazzercise, Aerobics, and more.   I have even been looking online for “fat camps or fat rehabs.”  They do exist, but not in my price range.  One week at a well known “weight loss spa resort” in Hilton Head costs $3400 for a 10 day stay.  They recommend 21 days at a special rate of $6900.  The truth is that I would gladly pay that and more if it would work.

If you are scratching your head and thinking, what about good old fashion calorie counting and exercise, you are not alone.   Sure it works.  Absolutely.  The problem is maintaining that for a lifetime.  I will write more about the “cravings’, the obsession”, the inability to stop once you start in another blog post.   I can’t eat ONE doughnut.  I can’t even imagine why someone would eat just one.    I often wonder why they make little bags for one or two doughnuts at Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme? One dozen is more realistic.

OK-enough for today.  Thanks for reading and following along with me on this journey.

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Defying the Odds -Diary of My Body Post

Here is the link to my post on Diary of My Body:

http://diaryofmybody.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/defying-the-odds/

I love to read other blogs, especially blogs that inspire me.  I can across Diary of My Body site a short time ago.  It is a writing collective that provides a platform for women to connect, share, and exchange stories about life, love, and the struggles and challenges of living in our body.  The site says the goal is to create a book of prose by women, for women, about the many battles, blessings, lessons, triumphs, and failures of loving our body in a society with such ridged standards of beauty.

I read more about the mission and then continued to read some of the stories women shared on the site.   The stories were funny, courageous, sometimes sad, but always real.  When I read a post “What is Diary of My Body-A Mission Statement”, I knew I wanted to be a part of this.

I wrote my story and submitted it to the site and yesterday they posted my story.  I wanted to share this site and my story with you here today. I would encourage everyone to take a moment and check out the site. If you are a woman writer, you might consider submitting your own story.  Just click on the “Our Mission” link at the top for instructions.

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Six Questions–Want To Share?

I am not quite sure if is this is a blog hop or blog meme or just a blog post with a lot of questions.

My son posted the following questions on his blog.  http://tedthethird.blogspot.com/2012/04/saturday-six-diet-time.html

I thought I would take the challenge and answer them here.  I would love to invite some of you to join me if you will.   It seemed like a great follow-up to yesterday’s post, Weight Loss Insanity.

Don’t forget to leave a link back to this blog!

1. When you were a young child, were you generally too skinny, too heavy or just right?

That is an interesting question.  My grandmother told me I was fat.  She blamed every aliment or injury on my weight. I fell from a tree branch and in landing a nail went into my foot.  Somehow being fat made that nail jump off the ground into my foot.

Of course she bought Coke and made biscuits and chocolate cakes for me.   I have always seen myself and thought of myself as fat.  A few years ago I was given some pictures from my childhood and early adult years.  I was NOT FAT.  At some points I may have been a little–mind you a little–chubby, but I was never fat in those pictures.  Scroll down to the bottom and check out my high school picture.  I am top row all the way to the left.

This carried over into my adult years.  In my mind I have always been a grotesquely large fat woman. Again I look at pictures and don’t see that person.   Maybe it was self-fulfilling prophecy that lead me to be almost 300 lbs at 5 feet tall just two years ago.

2. What’s the most weight you’ve lost during any one diet? (Or have you never had to be on one?)

I have been on a “diet” journey the past couple of years.  I have lost 76 pounds to date.  I have actually lost 100 pounds in total.  I had two injuries from extreme workouts requiring surgery on my Achilles tendon followed by knee surgery.   During both recovery periods I gained  a small amount of weight so had to re-lose that weight.  In 1983-84 I lost about 45 pounds but that is the only time I was ever successful in losing weight.  I was eating healthier and doing aerobics several times a week.

3. Of your favorite foods, which do you think is the healthiest?

Healthy food?  What is that?  Let me think.   I love seafood.   Of course I typically love it fried, but if we remove that from the equation,  I would say seafood.

4. Of your favorite foods, which do you think is the least healthiest?

90 % of all my favorite foods are probably unhealthy.    WebMD says the number one worst snack is:  Chocolate-Coated Doughnuts, Mini Doughnuts, and Snack Cakes.  Yep they are right up there on my favorites list.  I haven’t had any in a long time and I do miss them very much.  😦

5. When did you last have some of each of those two foods?

I eat some kind of fish (not fried) twice a week now.  It is one of the easy changes for me to make.     I had donuts in December.  My friend Carol came over one morning on her way to work and brought donuts.  I was sick and she wanted to make me feel better.

6. You go to a coffee shop to meet a friend for conversation. How likely are you to buy a pastry or some kind of snack to go along with that coffee?

Up until two years ago, I would have at least one pastry immediately and then after my friend left I would buy more.  There would be one or two to eat in the car and then more for home.

So how about you?  Do you struggle with healthy eating or weight loss?  I look forward to hearing some of your comments.

Weight Loss Insanity

I found the miracle cure for weight loss.  And I found it while reading a blog, of course.  It is the Tapeworm Diet.  No, I am not kidding.  There is a Tapeworm Diet; and yes, it involves a real Tapeworm.  Here is the information I found on Healthy Weight Forum.org  about this “diet”:

“So what does a tapeworm in your gut actually do? It secretes proteins in our intestinal tract that make our digestion of food much less efficient. A less efficient digestive systems means that you can consume more calories through your food since your “body guest” is also noshing on them for his own growth purposes. Some scientists estimate that those infected with a single tapeworm can lose up to one or two pounds each week.”

Extreme?  Maybe, but is it anymore extreme than allowing a surgeon to place a big rubber band around your stomach or cut out part of your intestines?   What about giving up sugar and carbs totally? I would call that insane.  We could say it is easier than running triathlons, jogging miles every day, or spending your life and fortune in a gym.   Unfortunately possessing tapeworms is illegal in the United States and unavailable as a legitimate treatment for weight loss.

Look at those people on the Biggest Loser reality TV show. I have always wanted to live at the ranch and train with Jillian. They leave their lives, families, and jobs to go to the campus and live with strangers, show their layers of fat (emphasized by tight spandex) to the entire TV viewing world, and have two obsessed trainers beat them to death every day.

I wonder if any of you reading this understand how desperately many of us want to lose weight and change our lives.  We have bad knees, bad backs, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other health issues caused by weight.  We look at the clothes in the store and then have to go to the “other” stores that sell fat clothes.  Oh, wait, sorry, I meant Plus Size.  I dream of the day I can fit into a size 16, while other friends are mortified it they hit a size 14.

Many of us have tried the most popular solutions that have passed our way-Atkins, Sugar Busters, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, diet pills, Jazzercise, Aerobics, and more.  I looked online for “fat camps or fat rehabs.”  They do exist, but not in my price range.  One week at a well known “weight loss spa resort” in Hilton Head costs $3400 for a 10 day stay.  They recommend 21 days at a special rate of $6900.  The truth is that I would gladly pay that and more if it would work.

You may be scratching your head and thinking what about good old fashion calorie counting and exercise.  Sure it works.  Absolutely.  The problem is maintaining that for a lifetime.  I have written about my eating disorder or food addiction–the “cravings’, the obsession”, the inability to stop once you start.  I can’t eat ONE doughnut.  I can’t even imagine why someone would eat just one.  I often wonder why they make little bags for one or two doughnuts at Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme?

I continue to make progress and lose weight.  It is a slow and tedious process.  There are many times of frustration and disappointment.  There are also victories and lessons learned along the way.  This is a life journey. It is much more than changing just the way you eat. I think I will keep working towards my goal and wait just a bit longer before I find that tapeworm.

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