Yesterday’s Times offered two distinct perspectives on weight loss. One, a detailed feature on gastric surgery by Anemona Hartocollis, details the plight of a young obese woman who opts for Lap-band surgery. In this procedure, surgeons wrap a constricting band of silicone around the stomach so that patients will feel full upon eating less food than they might otherwise. Allergan, the company that manufactures the device, admits to these complications on its website.
The other, a discussion of resolutions and will-power by John Tierney, considers strategies for sticking to diets, exercise regimens and other good intentions for the new year. Within this piece lies a distracting story of an obese (375 pound) hedge fund manager whose gastric band failed to keep his appetite in check. When he landed a project in Las Vegas and feared regaining weight, he aimed high – to lose 100 pounds, outfitted his hotel suite with
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For today I thought I’d skip writing a formal post and try a picture, instead, of yesterday’s lunch – fruit with yogurt, honey and crumbled cereal:
Plain, low-fat yogurt (I use Fage brand, 2% fat, 1⁄4 — 1⁄3 cup)
Honey, less than 1⁄2 teaspoon
Cereal (a fistful of your preference – I like “Smart Start,” roughly 1⁄4 — 1⁄3 cup)
Fruit – whatever’s ripe and in the ‘fridge: in this case I included cut honeydew melon and a nectarine, grapes cut in halves and some blueberries
Easy to prepare:
1. Transfer yogurt to a cereal or soup bowl. I usually use a tablespoon to take 3–4 dollops.
2. Add the honey and use a teaspoon to swirl it through the yogurt.
3. Crumble the cereal in your fist, above the bowl — so that the small pieces fall into the yogurt. Mix everything with the spoons.
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In my inbox this morning, via ASCO’s “Cancer in the News” feed:
The UK’s Telegraph (5/6, Beckford) reported that as “many as 20,000 British women could avoid developing” breast cancer “each year, if they took more exercise, drank less and ate better.” Latest figures “suggest that 47,600 women developed breast cancer in 2008,” and the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that estimates that “42 per cent of these cases…would be preventable if women developed healthier lifestyles.” The WCRF’s “10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention include being ‘as lean as possible without becoming underweight’; keeping fit; limiting consumption of fatty, salty and sugary food and drink; eating fruit, vegetables and pulses; eating less red meat and processed meat; drinking less and choosing a balanced diet rather than vitamin supplements.”
This follows numerous reports that women may develop breast cancer or suffer recurrences because they eat too much, drink too much, work too
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