Alli–nope there’s still no easy way to take off the pounds
August 5, 2008, 8:58 pm
Filed under: fat, food

Like lots of people, I’m always looking for a shortcut to take off that last 10 pounds (does it still count as the “last” ten pounds if there was no first 10 pounds?).  I’ve got the slow creep over the years.  I blame kids, not because of pregnancy baby weight, but because I can no longer fit in the daily step aerobic class like I used to.  Also, I live in AZ, where God forbid you should walk to anywhere other than your car. 

So clever me thought I’d try Alli.  It’s advertised for the seriously overweight, so for the thin-for-America type like me it should work like gangbusters, right?  Wrong.  In sum, Alli causes you to poop out the fat.  One pill=25% of the fat of the meal you just ate.  It’s not cheap, but hey, neither is liposuction.  & I hate to say it but you can have nice hair, nice clothes, and a pretty face, but nothing counts as much as being thin.  You know it’s true.

Alli didn’t work.  Sure I pooped out some nasty fat (you can see it).  I only took it once a day, because I figured I wasn’t eating that much to begin with and I didn’t have that much weight to lose.  I took it once a day for 3 months.  My conclusion?  It made me hungry because I didn’t have the full feeling you get from the fat.  And consequently I would eat more.  And I was hungry!  So, as I doubt I’m the only one with this clever idea, let this be anecdotal evidence for you, that someone with the same brilliant idea as you has already done it.  And it didn’t work.

On to my new shortcut attempt:  Special K protein water.  It’s supposed to keep you from feeling hungry.  I think it does.  It tastes pretty good too.  If only it could keep you from getting bored.


Rediscovered Kid Foods Hot dogs and chicken nuggets
July 29, 2008, 9:11 pm
Filed under: fat, mommyblog

When was the last time you had fish sticks?  I bet the answer is based on whether you have kids or not.  Pre-kid I would never have bought/ordered fish sticks, who knows what they’re actually made of!  Deep fried!  Pedestrian!  But now fishsticks, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and hot dogs are regulars on the menu and sometimes I’m just too darned tired to make something different for the adults.  

And the realization then dawned… I wasn’t crazy about hot dogs before, but that was probably because I was getting the low fat or no fat turken/chicken variety.  My kids get the full up Porky pig ones and, although I hate to admit it, they taste darn good, pigs lips and all.  (I’m not totally throwing health to the wind, at least they’re nitrite free version).  Same thing with chicken nuggets.  And whole milk.  And regular syrup.  And restaurant macaroni and cheese (Claim Jumper, oh yes!).

For a while I thought “wow, I can switch to the full fat version of all this stuff and it makes no difference!  Except that it tastes a lot better”  well it took a while, but about 2 years and 5 pounds later, I have to admit it probably does make a difference after all.  I don’t know if I can go back though.  🙂

food, the new opiate of the masses
January 30, 2008, 3:49 am
Filed under: fat, food

Why are we so fat as a nation?  There are a couple of reasons, two of the biggest (so to speak) are that we have lifestyles that include no exercise and that food is the cheapest entertainment going.  My lifestyle, like many Americans, includes no exercise as a means to anything other than exercise.  In other words, I can pull out of my garage, drive to work, drive to pick up the kids, pull back into my garage, and have had no other exercise than what it takes to walk inside whatever building I have parked outside of.  I can’t walk to the store, to the coffeeshop or to the park, I have to drive, unless I want to talk on a major road with cars whizzing by at 50+ miles an hour.  The only exercise I do is exercise for exercise’s sake–going to the gym, going for a bike ride or going for a walk–not to any particular destination or for any useful purpose other than exercise.  When physical activity is a means to an end–walking to work, walking to a store, walking to a friend’s house, it’s a more natural part of the day.  The times in my life when I have lived a less car-centric life, semester abroad in London, on a military base with no car in Korea, have been the times I’ve been the thinnest and probably the healthiest. 

The second reason why Americans are so fat is because food is cheap, plentiful, easy and fun.  No skillset required to participate.  For $5 I can get a fastfood burger, fries and drink.  This actvity is one we can all partake in, no matter what age, fitness level, education etc.  Any wonder that the poorer you are the fatter you might be?  What other entertainment is as cheap and easy as unhealthful food?  You can’t play a round of golf for $5!  Everyone talks about the French paradox–it’s more than a different way of eating, it’s a different way of living, it’s less driving and more walking, it’s more sidewalk cafes and less drive throughs.  We need to build communities that aren’t merely “bedroom communities” but ones where that are pleasant to walk and bike in, and that the walking and biking can be linked to everyday activities rather than just exercise for exercise’s sake.

I’m trying to think of a way out of this, I know there are places in the US where the walk/bike lifestyle is doable.  But the surburbs of Phoenix just ain’t one of them.