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Why Weight Loss Winners Are Dying To Succeed

Why Weight Loss Winners Will Die


Over the years, I have seen many people on television shows and covers of magazines boasting the loss of hundreds of pounds so quickly. From celebrities to the reality and game show champions. Then in a matter of a few years they disappear from the limelight.  Weforget about them or they hope we will and turn our attention to the next biggest loser. 

Yet this happens for a reason and to most of those major weight loss winners.

The truth to why is a answer that is probably not the one you want to hear. The majority of them have put the weight back on just as quickly.

Not only that but a fraction of them have actually died from the shock that the sudden weight loss has done to their body’s.

My own uncle was a victim of the same fate. Quick weight loss and then even greater regain of the weight. 

My biggest fear is that this could happen to myself. I have done the same thing a couple of times. Haven’t we all.

What is even more frightening is that medical studies now show that it can be sometimes healthier to maintain the same body weight then it is to take it off at such a fast pace.

The shock of the massive yo-yo dieting and weight loss is so hard on the body it is sometimessomething that you can not come back from no matter how good you now look.

So as we celebrate the major fast and somewhat deceivingly successful weight loss stories this time of the year, please take them with a grain of salt.

Instead, take a look at at the success stories from five or more years ago and see what they are up or down to on the scale.If they have been able to maintain most of the weight loss that long, this points to success stories that you will want to emulate.

Slow and steady wins the race everyday to for true longtime health and weight loss. 


Infectobesity: a real cause of weight gain?

Possibly the strangest theory I have come across while researching this film is a condition trademarked ‘Infectobesity’. My travels sent me to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, the man who coined the phrase. I had no idea what to expect. My first thought was, am I infectious? Maybe the reason why I’m fat is because somebody gave me a virus. If that was the case, I would be passing it to everyone else. I mean my god, do we have to walk around in haz mat suits and prevent being in the proximity of fat people?

I had Dr.Dhurandhar explain infectobesity about five times and I still don’t understand it very well.  What I gather is that there are bacteria that may cause people to process food differently, making them have greater weight gain and fat storage.

I worry that if I have one of these viruses, I won’t be able to lose the weight. There isn’t a vaccine for these viruses yet and it will make it very difficult to lose. Also, does this mean that it is not my fault if I am fat? Did my lifestyle and eating habits not contribute to my weight as much as I thought, or is this just the easy excuse?

I would love to know what you think.   Is Infectobesity real and if so, what can I do about it?

– Barry Roskin Blake

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