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Old 02-05-2010, 09:54 AM   #31
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:23 AM   #32
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I am saving this article to reread when I feel frustrated. Thanks, it is a good one!
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:34 AM   #33
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:48 AM   #34
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The most informative thing for me has been to see a nutritionist who measures my body fat, lean body mass, and water content. It tells me exactly where I stand and leaves nothing to the imagination. I like to say the scales don't lie (either you weigh less or you don't), but it doesn't tell the whole story by a long shot.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:36 PM   #35
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Thanks! I am needing this kind of support. And I wonder about the fat cells as well, do they shrink to next to nothing or do they die off or something????
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:38 PM   #36
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It is my understanding that they never die. They are with us for the balance of our life, waiting for the opportunity to puff up again....
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:42 PM   #37
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Thanks! I am needing this kind of support. And I wonder about the fat cells as well, do they shrink to next to nothing or do they die off or something????
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It is my understanding that they never die. They are with us for the balance of our life, waiting for the opportunity to puff up again....
It is true that they never die. They're just lurking there waiting to be refilled unless you have liposuction. Lipo will literally suck them out of your body and then they're gone forever. However, that doesn't stop other cells from refilling. I've had friends and family members get lipo and then end up very lopsided-looking. One friend in particular had lipo and a tummy tuck, but her upper body looked out of proportion because she was still overweight on top.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:35 AM   #38
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:09 PM   #39
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I just found this thread ( I know, two years late.. ) but this is a great article. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Old 05-11-2011, 06:15 PM   #40
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:41 PM   #41
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:40 AM   #42
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:19 AM   #43
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I guess it's kind of pointless, then, to try to figure out what effect eating something yesterday had on your weight today. But good information!
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:53 AM   #44
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I guess it's kind of pointless, then, to try to figure out what effect eating something yesterday had on your weight today. But good information!
I agree. I think at least a 7 day period will give a clue but even then is not definitive.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:22 AM   #45
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Great post, we all need to read and reread this on most days!
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:22 PM   #46
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I agree. I think at least a 7 day period will give a clue but even then is not definitive.
I would never remember what I ate 7 days ago.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:55 PM   #47
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This is a great post and something I need to re-read frequently...
It reminds me of something people have written on here before (not trying to take credit for it...) something to the effect of its not what you eat between Christmas and New Years that counts as much as what you eat from New Years to Christmas... In other words, I'd suggest (at least for me) eating and drinking with moderation and forethought is a very good idea. The scale will go down...in time. Everything takes time - especially after reading this post it seems very, very true.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:00 PM   #48
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I would never remember what I ate 7 days ago.
Normally, I wouldn't either but I am a subscriber to the 'what are you eating today' thread and can refer back. I also try to make informed decisions with a plan, which helps.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:11 PM   #49
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:41 AM   #50
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:59 AM   #51
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Well, it's unrealistic to expect the scale to show constant weight loss. I weight myself every day just to keep myself honest. It helps me think about what I'm eating and doing for myself. It reminds me not to be in denial. It's my accountability partner. I don't go to it every morning expecting a whoosh or a lower number.
I totally agree! I have to weigh every day. I don't expect a loss every day but I still worry that I will have a gain - because I'm eating good foods When I chart my weight it's cool to see it going down but there are little dips up here and there.
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:56 PM   #52
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #53
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I love the OP in this thread. Reading this post shortly after I got here was SO encouraging. Especially when my mom said, "How are you sticking to this diet if you aren't losing weight?" I told her not to worry, my fat cells are losing fat, my body is healing, my hormonal system is normalizing, I just have to wait for everything inside to feel safe enough to drop water out of the fat cells and finally shrink their cell membranes.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:17 PM   #54
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I posted this on another thread but it fits here too.

"They" say that once a fat cell is created it will never go away. Like diamonds, fat cells are forever. But "they" also told us that saturated fat was bad for us, and we know that is wrong. So lately I've been questioning this idea that we're stuck with all these extra fat cells. Given that our bodies are so amazingly intricate, complicated, sophisticated works of art and engineering, how could it be that it could create something it couldn't uncreated? Why can't the body recognize that this fat cell unit is no longer needed and break it down? It can always create new ones so why hold on to unused ones? So I'm wondering if it can be done, in a state of optimal nutrition of course. Trying to decide what is truly fact and what is just "conventional wisdom".
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:44 AM   #55
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:49 AM   #56
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Nice article ... definitely explains the stalls and then wooshes our bodies go through during weight loss.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:56 AM   #57
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I posted this on another thread but it fits here too.

"They" say that once a fat cell is created it will never go away. Like diamonds, fat cells are forever. But "they" also told us that saturated fat was bad for us, and we know that is wrong. So lately I've been questioning this idea that we're stuck with all these extra fat cells. Given that our bodies are so amazingly intricate, complicated, sophisticated works of art and engineering, how could it be that it could create something it couldn't uncreated? Why can't the body recognize that this fat cell unit is no longer needed and break it down? It can always create new ones so why hold on to unused ones? So I'm wondering if it can be done, in a state of optimal nutrition of course. Trying to decide what is truly fact and what is just "conventional wisdom".

I agree! I've always wondered about that. "they" have so many things wrong, so many blunders are made.... I hope "they" are wrong here too!
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:37 AM   #58
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According to Dr. Gupta, for whatever his word is worth, fat cells will regenerate in response to liposuction:

Do fat cells last forever? - CNN
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:22 AM   #59
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My scale broke this morning. What a good thing! I was becoming a slave to that metal piece of junk!
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:49 AM   #60
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Good Article.

I'd just add:

(1) Always a good idea to strength train to preserve muscle loss and metabolism.
(2) If you can overcome your own subjective jusgements about scale weights, weighing daily is great to put as many data points on a graph so that you can see your "trend" of weight loss over time (like 30 day intervals).
(3) Also, same with the electric Body Fat scales. While they may have a margin of error between 3 to 5 %, you can see the average "trend" line over time and what it is doing over time (30 day periods). Plus it accounts for factoring out water loss/gain.
(4) Nothing is perfect, and everything is subjective, but if you do as much as you can the right way, for as long as possible, create healthy habits measuirng portions, weighing and tracking "trends", continually look for ways to improve/educate yourself, question the establishment and look for alterior motives, help others achieve thier health/fitness goals, you will get where you want to be and probably be satisfied. Obesity isn't the epidemic, apathy is.
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