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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
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In This Issue
* Research Article: Yet Another Fad Diet
* Walk Your Way to Health
* Recipe: Crustless Pumpkin Pie * Success Story: Sue Failer
Yet Another Fad Diet
WebMD had an article about a new fad diet, the
Morning Banana Diet and its popularity. In fact it is so popular in
Japan that there is a banana shortage. For the diet, you eat bananas
and drink lukewarm water for breakfast and nothing else. Then you can
eat anything you want for lunch and dinner. No eating after 8:00 PM.
There is no exercise required.
This reminds me so much of all of the fad diets
that I have been on. Eat a magic food, followed by eating
anything you want and no exercise, how prefect is that? Remember the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup
diet and the pineapple diet? Could there be a magic food such as
bananas that holds the key to weight loss success? The answer is no.
Yet I would blindly follow those diets, lose weight and then eventually
regain the weight and more.
We are the product of calories in versus calories
used, plain and simple. I know that, but when I heard about this diet,
I was intrigued. It is so easy to fall into old patterns.
USA Today carried an interesting article
about the value of walking. While we are encouraged to walk 10,000
steps per day, it takes a lot of steps to burn off calories. If you
overindulged this Thanksgiving, consider the following. It might help
you to be more careful during the rest of the holiday season!
Steps Needed to Burn Calories
1 cup of holiday stuffing
1/2 cups of candied yams
3 ounces of roast turkey
8 ounce glass of red wine
1 slice of pumpkin pie
1 slice of homemade pecan pie
A mile is about 2,000 to 2,500 steps depending on
your stride. Calories are based upon someone who weighs 150 to 165
Adapted from Bonnie Jortberg, co-author of The Step Diet Book
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Crustless Pumpkin Pie
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1 12 ounce can evaporated skim milk
¾ cup egg substitute
½ teaspoon salt
1 to 2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cups Splenda
Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
Pour into a 9-inch pie pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes; reduce temperature to 325 degrees
F and bake for 45 minutes more. Pie
is done when knife inserted into center comes out clean.
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of
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I want to thank Sue Failer for submitting her
success story. Here is her story:
Barbara mentioned that she is in dire need of success stories and
even if one had been already been submitted, to think about
resubmitting a story written from a different perspective. So, that
is what I am doing…
I am almost 3 years post surgery and had the roux-n-y open
procedure. I lost an initial 135 lbs but have put on 5 since the
introduction of my boyfriend living with me. Even though 5 lbs
doesn't seem like a big deal, the warning bells are going off and I
see now in my 3rd year out of surgery evidence that my eating
disorder has again reared its ugly head. I have come to terms
with the fact that I am a food addict and know that I will always bear
this addiction for the rest of my life. I also know that there are
certain things I have to do in order to continue to be successful.
One of them is to make it to the gym 5 days per week and to do
something physical the days I don't go. I have discovered that
exercise for me creates the accountability I so need. Another thing I
realize is that I cannot "graze" and if I do, I will consume more
calories than what my body needs. I make time daily to prepare my
meals and will even be late to work in order to get my meals made.
I have since realized too, that I need to stay away from sugar.
Completely. No if's and's or but's about it. Consuming sugar seems
to be like a drug for me and I completely lose focus, willpower and
direction. Another important thing that I have learned is that I need
to utilize the wonderful tool that the surgery has given me…namely
portion control. I need to never push the envelope and eat that one
last bite--I have learned that whatever is on my plate, I will eat.
So I need to pre-measure my food in order to stick to the portion
The surgery is life-changing and I would do it again in a
heartbeat. In retrospect, the surgery was the easy part. Now, comes
the true challenge of maintaining the weight loss. I encourage
everyone to figure out what will keep them successful and to
incorporate whatever accountability they need in their lives. I
frequently look at my before pictures to remind myself of where I came
from and to continue to keep myself on the right path.
I love good news. If you have good news, a
success story, or inspiration to share, please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can include it in future
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