Weight a minute

I believe the number one New Year’s resolution for most people has to do with their weight. I know I have a spare, um, person clinging to me but I also know that diets don’t work. Neither does

I'm on the treadmill for hours a day and still my spots keep getting bigger!

I’m on the treadmill for hours a day and still my spots keep getting bigger!

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But experiments do.

It started innocently enough. My crazy brother completed his third iron man last November. He did it in under 12 hours. That’s swimming 2.6 miles, biking 126 miles and jogging 26.2 miles in under 12 hours. (I’m proud of you Jim!)

I could probably do that if say a T-Rex was chasing me or a bear (my brother lives in Alaska so this is possible). But I’m more than likely to trip someone who is annoying me so the T-Rex stops for a meal and I can rest. Because, if you’ve read my Redaction novels you know that it isn’t the strongest or the smartest who survive but the one best able to adapt. And I’m good at using what I have at hand to my advantage.

Um, Jim tells me I’ve waived my 5th amendment right against self-incrimination by announcing my intentions. (He’s a lawyer so he knows these things) But, I figure if there’s a T-Rex running about the police have bigger problems than me tripping someone accidentally on purpose.

I can convince myself of anything. Take the time when…

Oh, weight, I mean wait a minute. Apparently my brother’s uber extraordinary performance brought up some latent competitive spirit and I got to thinking about doing a 5K, then how long it would take to clone an adult T-Rex and well, yeah, I pretty much returned to my senses.

But the universe was putting up a bill board and I managed to walk right into it. Okay it was Christmas eve at my nephew’s house who is a personal trainer. He’s a big believer in Gary Taubes’s book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. And is a proponent of believing insulin is the greatest cause of every civilized disease with sugar and wheat being the main culprits.

Now I know my history. The last 2 miracle bullet, cure-alls were mercury and arsenic. Given that death is a side effect, I wasn’t quite ready to jump on the insulin-as-the-root-of all evil bandwagon, especially as I know insulin is required to say, um, live. I’ve also pursued the wheat belly book and then looked back at old family photos. Since my grandmother was overweight in the 1940s (long before the wheat modification took effect) I didn’t buy this one either.

Still, I apparently had that lingering competition impetus in my blood stream and I decided that I would read the book. My nephew warned me that it was like a textbook. I wish he would have warned me about the ad naseum repetition (that bordered on ‘drink the kool aid’ mind control) and the snarky asides (in case you missed the bludgeoning). And that’s just the first 80 pages of the 460. Well I read it all. And there’s a couple times where Dr. Taubes contradicts himself and where from what I remember reading of the studies quoted I arrived at a different conclusion (but I was looking for something else).

Still, the ideas presented had merit. And I’m not just saying this because it also fed into a joyful conspiracy theory that would make a really great fictional book. In a nutshell, this is the science behind the Atkins diet, why it works and why many professional journals tell you that a high fat/high protein diet doesn’t.

So come February I’ll be trying it. Why not now? Because I got lots of chocolate in my Christmas stocking, I have a six pack of caffeine free Pepsi (Sorry, but this month I’m giving up the caffeine and saying adios to my buddy Dr. Pepper—that’s more than enough for 31 days), and I have a stock pile of sugar cookies in my freezer.

And don’t believe my subconscious which is saying I’m trying to outlast my competitive streak.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to Weight a minute

  1. danrshaw says:

    Do you think being overweight is a genetic issue for a lot of individuals? (myself included) Why is it that a lot of women become overweight after childbirth and stay that way?

    What do you think your brother would weigh if he didn’t go to the extreme of Iron Man competition? Of course his success at that has more to do with his profession I would think. After all doesn’t every good lawyer joke have a punch line that states a good lawyer is one that is deceased? He has to outrun the reputation of his profession.

    I guess I’m just looking for an excuse to be overweight and I hate to run. Even when active in sports during my highschool years I hated the running part. I think it’s because I have short legs. At 6′ 1″ I think I should have an inseam of more than 29 inches. I feel so cheated because I’ve never been able to achieve that runner’s high everyone talks about.

    I have two sides to the issue. One side says I’m happy the way I am and the other says I’m delusional to think that. I tend to agree with the happy side. It would take a significant emotional event to change that I would think?

    • If you’re healthy (despite the extra pounds) and if you’ve made peace with it are indicators of happiness. Few people are actually happy (I blame marketing, but that’s another post). I am healthy and pretty happy. But the science is compelling and I want to test it on myself to see how effective it is. My brother has always watched his weight so he’d still be trim, the competition is about testing his own limits (his own experiment).
      Genetics do play a key role in how we put on weight and how we process and store our energy. My sisters and I all gain and carry our weight the same. Hormones play a big part as women and men store weight in different areas of their bodies. These same hormones depress reproduction during times of famine. Age also plays a part probably because of the hormonal changes (less estrogen for women, less testosterone for men) but I don’t think this has been tested to verify it. I wouldn’t recommend reading Good Calories, Bad Calories unless you have a masochistic streak. Instead read his Why we Get Fat and what to do about it. It avoids the bludgeoning and sticks to the point. It is an interesting theory and runs counter to everything we’ve been taught—which is precisely why I want to follow the logic and test the principals on myself. It would be an experiment in nature vs nuture. And it might just net me an interesting story.

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