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Weight loss without magic.

Monday, December 01, 2008 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD
In previous posts, Travis and I have come down fairly hard on the claims of various overly simplistic cures for obesity – such as eating Triscuits, or popping an Accelis pill before bedtime. Not to worry, we will keep going after such claims and exposing their flaws (stay posted for commentary on another infomercial I saw this weekend). Nevertheless, the notion that some gadget or potion can slim your waistline and make you healthy – without the ‘hassle’ of ‘painful’ exercise and strict dieting – is unfortunately untrue. Remember, if a magical cure for obesity was in existence – physicians would likely prescribing it to all obese individuals.

Thus, I am encouraged when I read realistic stories about obesity treatment, such as in this article recently posted by CNN. In this story, Karen Daniel, a woman who originally weighed approximately 375lbs loses 175 lbs over 2 years. You may wonder whether Triscuits, Accelis, or even the Slender Shaper were responsible for this tremendous weight loss success – but, alas, no.

In fact, Daniel lost all that weight through exercise and diet – no magic! Today Daniel exercises nine times a week (doing aerobic and resistance training twice a day with a personal trainer on 3 days/week combined with group classes on another 3days/week) and abides by a strict diet. And even though she considers this process to be the hardest thing she has ever done, she believes the struggle was worth it given the attained benefits, which include: “attending sporting events with her family, white-water rafting, kayaking, flying on an airplane without buying two tickets or using a seatbelt extender or simply being able to look down and see her feet.”

Stories like Karen’s always help to remind us that while weight-loss is not a simple endeavor, applying effective strategies – as difficult as they may be, will bring about benefit. Karen hopes to inspire others to take the first step towards a healthy lifestyle, by documenting her progress on her website,, which I encourage our readers to check out.

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