Kirstie Alley's Revolving Weight Loss Program
As she sometimes does, Kirstie Alley has returned home to Jenny Craig.
Stating she wants to lose 30 pounds, the one-time Jenny spokesperson
is back in the fold after parting ways in 2007.
Kirstie was first with Jenny Craig in 2004 and was able to lose 75
pounds along the way. Her weight loss struggles have been high profile
and subject to public scrutiny, but she has not shied from the
Kirstie attributes her most recent weight gain to relationship troubles and
overindulgence at the holidays.
Kirstie managed to ruffle a few feathers when she defined herself as
something other than “circus fat,” but that’s part of being Kirstie
Alley, too. When on the Today Show she said she did not mean to be
The Revolving Weight Loss Program
Some estimates report that more than 80 percent of people who lose
weight regain all they have lost and even more after two years. Researchers at the University of California found that two-thirds of
people who have lost weight regain more weight than they had originally
lost within four to five years. So there it is, it happens.
Weight cycling is no doubt problematic, and the sooner a person attains
and stabilizes at an appropriate weight the better. Recent studies have
established a link between cycling weight and high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, depression and cancer.
Part of the problem for fluctuating weight may be in the way people
diet. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to exercise a diet that has too
little calories. A 1,200 calorie per day diet translates into
weight gain the minute a person begins eating 1,300 calories
Another reason for a gain-weight lose-weight cycle is that our metabolisms
overcompensate for weight loss. A 10 percent decrease in body mass can
result in a metabolic slowing of 15 percent.
It is believed that the more times we lose and regain weight, the more
fat the body gains and holds with each cycle. Whereas muscle burns 10
times more calories than fat, continued weight cycling will eventually cause
the metabolism to drag.
Losing weight and maintaining the loss is demanding, so before we
succeed it is necessary we persevere.
When Life Gives Lemons…
I imagine there are those who are critical of people who stumble or even
fall flat on their rears after some measure of success in a difficult
task. Losing weight is not easy and neither is keeping it off once it
has been lost. Sadly, there are those who root for failure for whatever
reason. For every action, there is a critic.
Losing and regaining weight need not be a failure. As a matter of fact,
it happens pretty often. If a person suffers a setback, then they should
try again. Imagine a person who would not return to Alcoholics Anonymous because she drank again or a person who surrendered to mental illness because he went off his medication for a period. When a person is knocked off her feet, the goal then becomes to get up.
Sometimes we stumble, and that’s okay. Try again.
Living life well-fed,
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