28 Jul

Weigh-in for July 28, 2007

Current weight: 324
Difference from last entry: -2.5
Difference from 2007 starting weight (335.5): -11.5

Ah, back down a couple of pounds. I dunno that I actually did much to help myself out, other than having a couple of days where I really wasn’t all that interested in food. I guess that I did do a better job of cutting down on the bad stuff that I eat, including not succumbing to birthday cake and etc at the office. (I most definitely had some of my birthday cake: that’s what birthdays are for!)

I am still struggling trying to get motivation back for exercise. And it’s not so much that I am actively trying to avoid it, I just don’t think about it . Again. And that’s something that I need to figure out. Adding in at least 10-15 minutes a day would have tremendous benefits for my efforts. And 10-15 minutes is not a big time committment at all! I just need some way to remind myself that I can choose exercise, among the many other ways that I choose to spend my free time.

23 Jul

One of many reasons not to take weight loss drugs…

I am not a fan of medications at all. I don’t believe in miracle cures, magic potions, or quick fixes. So I always view drugs that are supposed to help people lose weight with a critical – some would say cynical – eye. But very rarely do I see a medication that can actually increase the chances that a person would commit suicide!

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) says the weight loss drug Accomplia, which has also been shown to help smokers quit, should not be used by patients who are severely depressed or taking anti-depressants as it heightens the risk of suicide among this group.

If you’re on antidepressants, please stay far, far away from Accomplia!

23 Jul

Menu labeling laws coming

Kelly Brownell of Rudd Sound Bites has an excellent editorial linked to a blog entry about The Importance of Menu Labeling. As Dr. Brownell writes:

Several states are considering legislation to require calorie labeling on restaurant menus. This follows on the heels of action by the New York City Department of Health to take trans fats out of all restaurants and to require calorie labeling in restaurants that have the information already available (the chains for the most part – about 10% of all restaurants).

The interesting thing in this conversation is the fact that the restaurant industry vehemently opposes requiring nutritional information available on their menus. Among the supposed reasons? That doing so “takes away a customer’s rights” to choose their own meal. In other words, by listing how many calories/fat grams on the menu, this is “forcing” someone not to eat certain dishes. How anyone can see this as a legitimate argument baffles me.

In my personal opinion, restaurants that refuse to provide this information are taking away my right to know what I am eating. I think that this is information that everyone should have. Food that we purchase in a grocery store has both an ingredient list and nutritional information. Why shouldn’t food purchased from a restaurant?

The restaurant industry needs to stop focusing on their bottom line and have at least a thought or two for their customers. If they did, laws requiring menu labeling wouldn’t be required; it would be provided without a customer needing to ask (a la Subway). It is sometimes rather scary that the food industries in this country have so little concern for the customers that they are providing food to.