Abysmal Statistics on keeping the weight off

I received a comment today on one of my YouTube videos, which said the following…

“Sadly it’s not true that the slower you go, the more likely you are to keep it off. The statistics for long term maintenance are pretty abysmal, regardless of the rate of loss, or the method of loss. No matter how fast a person loses, all of us are fighting the same battle to maintain that loss.”

Lets put aside the fact that the commenter stated no statistics, and basically insinuated that crash dieting is as effective as gradual weight loss. He is partially right. The odds of us keeping off our way are abysmal.

Nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years, according to Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania. The statistics for dieters who lose weight rapidly, according to Wellsphere, a website sponsored by Stanford University, is worse. Only 5 percent of people who lose weight on a crash diet will keep the weight off.

If you want a quick reason on the physiological effects of crash dieting, click here.

My YouTube vlog simply stated that if you are obese there are probably behavioral problems you need to deal with. I found Cognitive behavioral therapy gave me a healthy way to lose the weight in a realistic time frame. It certainly didn’t feel like a diet, I felt like I was changing my life for the better.

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Yeah. hi! So I apologize for my lack of existence on this blog, i’ve been busy with my main websites Patreon campaign and the IPad mini sweepstakes attached to it. It literally sucked the life out of me.

I’m going to make this blog a little more casual. I want it to be an enjoyable experience and one that motivates me to continue to improve my life.

Going to pass out soon, get up, and go to the gym! see you all in the morning fiftam!

Love always,

Hoomy

Cleanse was pretty much a failure, here’s my update

 

For those of you who don’t know, I started a cleanse not too long ago – trying to abstain mainly from diet soda and alcohol (the former permanently). While I have successfully stayed away from alcohol, I am having trouble kicking the diet soda habit. Something I consider far more dangerous.

It hasn’t totally been a loss, however, my overall diet has improved. Almost no dairy has been consumed, sugar intake is way down as I have been avoiding sweets and most fruits. I am consuming less diet soda, but I consider that a failure.

Workouts have pretty much gone back to normal. In two weeks I intend to do a hydrostatic weigh in to check how my body fat has held up since the surgery. Not worried too much about this since my workouts will include quite a bit of jogging to train for the OC Heart Walk (donate to my team). Speaking of which, here’s my routine…

Day 1 – Chest, 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill

Day 2 – Back, 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill

Day 3 – Legs, 30 minutes of power walking on the treadmill on an inclince

Day 4 – Shoulders 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill

Day 5 – Arms 20 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill

Day 6 – Calisthenics (burpees and such)

Day 7 – Rest/Foam roller lovin…

Tomorrow I’ll post in detail what each day entails, but It’s a pretty simple routine involving compound a lot of movements on the first three days.

You guys should also know i’m going to be running a sweepstakes through my philanthropy blog/project. The prize is an Ipad Mini.

Take care,

Cyrus

 

Making the best out of a bad situation

Going to make this blog entry short and sweet. Our water heater has gone onto the afterlife, or wherever water heaters go when they die…

This created additional motivation to get my ass to the gym, since my hygiene suffers if I don’t go and hit the showers.

During this unfortunate event something interesting happened, my mood improved. My added time at the gym actually made me happier. It forced me out of the house and into a more healthy environment. It really did not bother me that we had no running water at home.

I believe creating good luck can be a cumulative. For this reason I am going to experiment with finding opportunity in every experience, whether it is a request by someone for assistance, a turn of unfortunate events, or doubling down in a turn of fortunate events.

In regards to applying this to weight loss perhaps I will take people up on their offers to go to the gym with me. I often do go to the gym with someone, but there are times I like to be in my own little world, just me, the iron, and maybe the treadmill. Perhaps now I will take people up on their offer, even if I have already gone for the day.

I’m not sure, we will just have to see!

-Cyrus

Changing your diet on your birthday

Is not something your friends will be very supportive of. Tonight, I will have a few drinks and then abstain from alcohol for 3 weeks. Diet soda has been cut out and will be permanently, as I stated I would do in my youtube video. 

Tomorrow I have a dental appointment, but afterwards I will TRY to make a video blog discussing general things you can do to avoid loose skin.

This will be a short post since I have a lot to do before my bday dinner, but I wanted to say THANK YOU for your love and support. It means a lot to me.

The Relationship between Obesity and your Mental Health

My interests vary. I love fitness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, the social phenomena, philanthropy, dogs, traveling, and my first love – gaming.

I love all sorts of games; outdoors, video, tabletop, etc. When it comes to video games my passion began on the consoles Turbo Grafx-16 and Turbo Duo, which were very unpopular in the United States. There was no region lock on the Turbo Duo, so towards the end of this consoles life both Japanese and English video games became dirt cheap on it. I hoarded TONS of Japanese video games. I did not know a single word in Japanese.

It is because of this I wish I heard of Justin Carmical, aka “Jew Wario” before his recent death. His expertise was in helping English speaking players enjoy Japanese games before they came to the West. Like him, I “suffered” through an era where console video game manufacturers had a bias towards Japan. Some of us passionate enough did not want to wait for the game to be translated, if it was to be at all. I would have loved to follow this man. I wish I had a dialogue with him, but he’s gone now.

I will not presume to know whether or not he suffered from some serious mental illness, but the circumstances around his death make one wonder. Instead of jumping to conclusions, I thought it would be appropriate to share my mental illness, and that of my mothers.

Without going too into detail, my mother suffered from Schizoaffective disorder and I from Depression and Anxiety. My mother is now dead, and while my illness is under control I have to remain vigilant, because I too could… fall off, if I don’t continue to take care of myself. I go to the gym, I eat properly, take my meds, but most importantly I try to mind what I think.

Medical experts continue to struggle with the correlation between mental illness and obesity, but it’s no secret that they often do go hand in hand. It might be easier to draw a correlation between a persons socio-economic status and obesity, but it’s no stretch of the imagination that someone sixty-plus pounds overweight will have behavioral problems, if not a mental disorder.

How did I lose one hundred forty pounds and keep it off? I corrected habits through cognitive-behavioral therapy; my fitness and diet were incorporated either simultaneously or after the fact.

There is no question that proper nutrition and your mental well-being are connected, but if you constantly barrage yourself with cognitive distortions, or you suffer from poor self-esteem, you will not be able to sustain a healthy diet. It is also true that a poor diet can hamper your ability to break the cycle, but equipped with one or the other as your first tool? I’d be willing to bet cognitive behavioral therapy mixed with a gradual diet change is more sustainable than simply a diet change. I cannot tell you how many times i’ve heard dieters say “i’ll reward myself with that cheeseburger later down the road” as if it’s acceptable to return to that lifestyle! Sure, once in a while is fine, but do they really mean once in a while?

I know how painful it is to be overweight. Being obese is probably one of the few things that match the social stigma associated with being mentally ill. You are caught in a vicious cycle and must surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable, keep you honest, and make sure you escape this purgatory.

I believe everyone should have a person who will say beautiful, cathartic, and uplifting words to them, as Justin Carmicals did in this video.


Rest In Peace, Jew Wario. You seemed like a kind soul. I am sorry you are gone.

If you are interested in contributing to non-profits who advocate for the Mentally Ill you can read this blog entry at my  website, The Angry Philanthropist.

-Cyrus