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Archive for May 22nd, 2009

“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

At the moment my only daughter is in labor. I am trying to stay steady, but for diabetics, this is not always easy when emotionality is involved. So, among everything else, I am trying to remember to take care of me. Staying up most of last night won’t help that, unless I get some good naps today, and eat as close to regular timing as possible.

Sooner or later we are all in these circumstances. The choices we make are what counts. But, that also applies to the Larger Picture. Most of us are over-weight to some degree, diabetic or not. However, it’s part of the nature of diabetes to cause obesity issues, as metabolism is awry.

So, when we see evidence like The Biggest Loser that diabetes can really be turned around by weight-loss, it prompts us to start thinking.

But, please remember:

Firstly, the show is a game, and I think that undermines it. We’ve talked about this before. It shows the way, but in not enough detail. How valuable the online and CD resources are — I don’t know, but I believe they will be better than most. Both Bob and Jillian are now more familiar than most trainers are about working with over-weight, ill people, but the show FORCES too far, too soon, in my opinion.

However, the value of a balanced regimen between aerobics and strengthening muscles really showed up in the shows finale last week, in Jerry and Estelle’s case. More on that at the end.

Meanwhile, secondly, Helen won the prize, at 117 pounds, but she still had the midriff bulge that shows she’s still not down to her ideal weight, even after all that effort. Different body types have their first overload of fat in different places, and as she seems one of the same types as I am (Thyroid or a sub-set of it). I remember that first roll. She will need to pay attention, and at 48, her metabolism is a lot better than it had been, but only if she keeps exercising decently.

For Mike and Tara and Kristin — 5 pounds made the difference between “winning” and “losing”. How absurd. They are all winners! But, what damage did the show’s dumb format do to their self-image, even subconsciously.

It will still be a long journey for Kristin, and I sincerely wish her well. I think she can DO it!

For Tara, she continues to need social network and support until she really is sure of the tremendous Power she has. Once she’s constantly connected, and leaves self-doubt behind, she’ll be able to live a charmed life. Just look how much she accomplished — winning just about every challenge. I admire her efforts very much.

For Mike, I think taking responsibility for walking away from his father’s shadow is what is naturally part of his growth cycle, and before he heads off to college, I hope he really helps his younger, still-severely-obese brother, Max, get help. Become an advocate for local college resources to help your brother, if your family can’t afford a personal trainer for him. Enjoy your new body, but your life needs to be balanced, not just having body-image consume you. And, take the responsibility this summer, before you leave home, to learn how to cook properly and maintain proper portion control.

Thirdly, there is not enough information to tell about the root causes of diabetes in any of these participants, but if you’ve read my articles long enough, you know that the acidic biochemistry of stress and wrong-food choice, leaves it very hard to get to the daily alkaline pH goal.

Take the time to get a moderate exercise program started, after you get permission from your physician, and learn more about pH alkaline foods. Include both aerobic and strength-building approaches. Jerry may have won the at-home prize, but without the personal trainer’s guidance, just walking didn’t leave him (or Estelle) toned and with muscle-powerhouses to keep weight normalized in the future.

Both Estelle and Jerry were kicked off first and second. They deserved more help than they received from the show. Their dedication, doing it all at home, should have been supported with the same knowledge given participants at the Ranch, so their results were the same firm bodies, for the same effort.

Instead, they look older, and the skin is hanging off them. That’s not fair. It may have happened less, if they had not had the artificial deadline of the show’s final weigh-in, but it showed me that even a faithful, effective walking program did not produce a well-toned body, and underscores that fast weight-loss is not a good idea, and especially if muscle isn’t built all over one’s body!

So, I hope the show inspired people, but I also hope it’s lessons or lack of lessons aren’t “lost” on the general public. I keep wondering when the show’s producers will do a better job. It shouldn’t just be about their getting money from advertising to fill their coffers. In a fair exchange, our time for their knowledge, it can be a win-win.

The stakes are really high for the health of whole nations. Step up, Biggest Loser! Otherwise, I’ll be sure to NOT support ANY of your sponsors. How’s that for a deal.

(c)2009 Em http://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
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