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Fat-free foods totally made us fat.

"And if we did it by merely replacing milk and cheese and fatty meat with carbohydrates, with pasta and potatoes and rice," Taubes says, the theory was that we would live longer, and be thinner.

So, one of the top goals listed in the original dietary goals: eat more carbs.

"In retrospect, it's kind of amazing, but this was the thinking at the time," Taubes says.

Now, to be fair, the kinds of carbs the authors of the guidelines had in mind were whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

But this message was lost in translation. What did Americans hear? Fat is bad; carbs are good.


I have memories of going to the store as a kid and finding "FAT FREE" on my candy - and thinking "well, it must be healthy," and then proceeding to have all the sugar.  

Sugar absolutely made me who I am today.

And carbs.  Because pasta.   With fake butter.  Because dieting, right?


The Effectiveness and Risks of Bariatric Surgery - March 2014

Study - 

The Effectiveness and Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Importance  The prevalence of obesity and outcomes of bariatric surgery are well established. However, analyses of the surgery impact have not been updated and comprehensively investigated since 2003.

Objective  To examine the effectiveness and risks of bariatric surgery using up-to-date, comprehensive data and appropriate meta-analytic techniques.

Results  A total of 164 studies were included (37 randomized clinical trials and 127 observational studies). Analyses included 161 756 patients with a mean age of 44.56 years and body mass index of 45.62. We conducted random-effects and fixed-effect meta-analyses and meta-regression.

In randomized clinical trials, the mortality rate within 30 days was 0.08% (95% CI, 0.01%-0.24%); the mortality rate after 30 days was 0.31% (95% CI, 0.01%-0.75%). Body mass index loss at 5 years postsurgery was 12 to 17. T

he complication rate was 17% (95% CI, 11%-23%), and the reoperation rate was 7% (95% CI, 3%-12%).

Gastric bypass was more effective in weight loss but associated with more complications.

Adjustable gastric banding had lower mortality and complication rates; yet, the reoperation rate was higher and weight loss was less substantial than gastric bypass.

Sleeve gastrectomy appeared to be more effective in weight loss than adjustable gastric banding and comparable with gastric bypass.

Conclusions and Relevance  Bariatric surgery provides substantial and sustained effects on weight loss and ameliorates obesity-attributable comorbidities in the majority of bariatric patients, although risks of complication, reoperation, and death exist. Death rates were lower than those reported in previous meta-analyses.

The Effectiveness and Risks of Bariatric Surgery

All Of Me - PBS Independent Lens


About quitting.

I quit 'writing my stories' long ago as my husband would call it because I tried to keep my blog totally "on topic."

You see what happened.  Yeah.  I stopped writing.  I stopped writing altogether.  It seems that I only have the urge to 'write my stories' when triggered to write a Something That I Have To Write Down For Myself - not for anyone else.

I am not a blogger who blogs for other people.  I do not blog for you.  I blog for me, or at least I used to and that is why I started writing in the first place.  I lost my mojo for the task of writing because it feels like a chore now rather than a hobby and within the space of the niche I write in, it felt crowded and those who wrote alongside me seemed to want me to quit.

Except I wasn't writing for them.

I wasn't writing for you. 

It was for me.

It's time move on.

WHO-proposed sugar recommendation comes to less than a soda per day

WHO-proposed sugar recommendation comes to less than a soda per day

WHO’s current recommendation, from 2002, is that sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake per day. The new draft guideline also proposes that sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day. It further suggests that a reduction to below 5% of total energy intake per day would have additional benefits. Five per cent of total energy intake is equivalent to around 25 grams (around 6 teaspoons) of sugar per day for an adult of normal Body Mass Index (BMI).

The suggested limits on intake of sugars in the draft guideline apply to all monosaccharides (such as glucose, fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) that are added to food by the manufacturer, the cook or the consumer, as well as sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.

Much of the sugars consumed today are “hidden” in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets. For example, 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains around 4 grams (around 1 teaspoon) of sugars. A single can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams (around 10 teaspoons) of sugar.

The draft guideline was formulated based on analyses of all published scientific studies on the consumption of sugars and how that relates to excess weight gain and tooth decay in adults and children.

Read the draft guideline and submit your comments


Ain't nobody never told you. Hiccups after gastric bypass.

That shit like this happens after gastric bypass.   Ten years post op and I still hiccup like a drunken sailor if I take ONE BITE TOO MANY.  Yes, hiccups can be a sign of a complication early post operatively, but they're also a sign that you're eating too much in a long termer!


PS. Please to note my child was changing her entire outfit in the back of the car, as we were on the way to the gym, and my face is tripping on novocaine post dental work. LOL.

OH YEAH! Protein Bar Winner - FINALLY.



I admit it.  I have been avoiding protein-bar-like-products because I am afraid of reacting to the fiber and sweeteners in protein bars.   (You can thank Q-est for that.  I'm looking right AT you.)

I ate one-half of these last night from OhYeah! and I did not die and I am rejoicing to the heavens.  

Thanks be to OhYeah!

I'll be screwing with this later - give it a try - I'll let you know how they turn out.  

  • OhYeah! Victory bar Peanut Butter Drizzle Fudge Protein Cookies! 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut Fudge Brownie Victory bar into two pieces. 3. Roll dough into two balls. 4. Bake for 10-14 minutes. 5. Heat up 1 tsp. peanut butter in microwave for 30 seconds. 6. Drizzle Peanut Butter on Fudge Cookies

Jillian Michaels: 'Biggest Loser' Winner Rachel Frederickson 'Lost Too Much Weight'

Jillian Michaels: 'Biggest Loser' Winner Rachel Frederickson 'Lost Too Much Weight'