Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – a 2009-2011 Success Story

If you are thinking about having weight loss surgery then hearing someone else’s story is a great way to start. Jenny underwent a gastric sleeve procedure on the 26th October 2009. She agreed to chart her progress in this blog. So, be aware that as this blog gets longer, Jenny will be getting thinner! Jenny said that before she made her decision to proceed... [Read more]

How to Setup and Maintain a Worm Farm

What exactly is a sustainable environment? How does a worm farm help create one? Plenty of websites are out there that answer both questions, and what they have to say is pretty convincing. If we don’t take care, we’re going to run out of places to use as landfills, our methane production from garbage decomposition will add exponentially to the greenhouse... [Read more]

Does obesity cause cancer?

Unfortunately, body fatness does contribute to cancer and for some types of cancer the evidence is extremely strong. The most convincing link between obesity and cancer is for cancers of the following organs: Oesophagus (adenocarcinoma) Pancreas Colorectum Breast (postmenopausal women only) Endometrium Kidney   There is evidence of a probable link between... [Read more]

Does your risk of death increase as you get fatter?

Sadly yes. Your risk of death does increase as you gain fat weight, and this goes for both men and women. Many researchers use Body Mass Index (BMI) to assess your degree of overweight. To calculate your BMI divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters, squared. The normal weight range is considered to be in the range 18.5-25. Overweight is 25-30,... [Read more]

Why We Put on Weight & How Managing Hunger is the Key

The most common cause for obesity is eating too much and not exercising enough. Over the years the energy density of foods has increased markedly. Take a look at the journey of the humble corn cob. Stage 1: Cob of Corn (146gms), 155kcals, 3.4gm fat, 32gm carbohydrate Stage 2: Corn Tortilla (42gm), 100kcals, 1gm fat, 18gm carbohydrate Stage 3: Change the consistency... [Read more]

8 Key Guidelines for Weight Loss

1. Accept slow incremental progress to your goal. Rome was not built in a day, and nor will your ideal body be achieved as fast as you would like. Rapid weight loss usually means that you will end up a smaller but flabbier version of your former self because you will lose muscle tissue and tone. A more reasonable short term goal is to aim for a 5-10% weight... [Read more]

What else are scientists looking at as causes of obesity?

While the most common cause for obesity is eating too much and not exercising enough, a number of other causes and factors associated with obesity are being looked at and these include: The role of micro-organisms (the bugs that live in your gut change with your weight and scientists are investigating why this occurs and what impact it has on appetite and weight... [Read more]