Weight Management

Super size?

Super SizeDoes it look to you like we Americans have been super sized into a super size?

The term “globesity” is being used with greater frequency as body weight climbs throughout the world –  a well documented phenomenon. As economic status improves, food availability increases, food costs drop, energy output declines; in other words, people eat more and move less.

But in the US, that first wave of readily available, cheap food is decades old. Why do we keep getting bigger? Could it be that we’ve super sized EVERYTHING! Our soda servings, wine glasses, dinner plates…

Recall Morgan Spurlock the Super Size Me documentarian who blamed his ill health on the fast food he ate for 30 days – a damaged liver was chief among his complaints. Apparently, there will be no sequel to Super Size Me as Mr. Spurlock, in a 2017 BBC online article confessional said, “Is it because I’ve consistently been drinking since the age of 13? I haven’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years.” 

So, how did that fast food affect his liver again?

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to blame fast food on our growing waistlines. I think the blame goes to our portions. In an academic counterpoint to Super Size Me, Dr. James Painter, Eastern Illinois University, enlisted two grad students who ate fast food for 30 days in the portions correct for their size. They lost weight, lowered (!) their blood cholesterol levels and their livers remained healthy. So PORTIONS matter.

While I’m not endorsing a fast food diet or eating exclusively at restaurants, I don’t believe that’s the cause of the US obesity epidemic. Restaurants do typically serve more than twice what an adult requires (with respect to calories) but it’s up to us to portion size that plate. Share it with someone else or share it with yourself the next day.

Control your portions to be well,


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Reigning diets

Weight loss diets are endless and typically unsuccessful longterm, but that doesn’t stop the vast majority of chronic dieters to try the latest. Here’s a brief glimpse into what’s going on now.

  • 16:8 – this is a type of fasting. For 16 hours one fasts but during the remaining 8 hours, you can eat what you like. There’s legitimate science to “fasting” overnight. But eating “whatever” one wants can spell trouble. My best tip: leave a minimum of 12 hours between your last meal of the day and breakfast. And don’t skip breakfast.
  • Nordic – while not a weight loss plan, people are using it as such. It’s positively compared to the Mediterranean diet: more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, seafood and canola oil (instead of olive oil). Home cooked meals are promoted. The lifestyle suggestions “lagom” or not too little – not too much. My best tip: plants should take up a majority of space on your plate. Use a smaller plate.
  • Military – has nothing to do with the military. Ten pound weight loss is promised in a week. Highly prescriptive “diet” foods at about 1100 calories daily. My best tip: Rapid weight loss ALWAYS results in rapid regain; so aim for a reasonable weekly loss. Increase your activity level, plan your produce and eat foods you enjoy!

Weight loss  or weight management is challenging. Don’t make it more so by following an unsustainable plan. Be sane to be well,




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