Some more thoughts on weight control
Weight control and exercise fall under the Youth Corridor umbrella for the obvious roles they play in a healthy body. Less critical, but not unimportant from our point of view, is the esthetic issue. There is little doubt that yo-yo weight gain and loss tests the capacity of skin to stretch, and then spring back into shape. The classic example of this is loose abdominal or facial skin after significant weight loss. The battle to slim down was hard won, and the loose skin seems unfair.
It should go without saying that whenever possible, for every reason, the best strategy is simply weight control. But those who require dramatic weight loss require dramatic measures far beyond the scope of this column. This is for the rest of us.
Previously, we discussed intermittent fasting. This technique need not be an everyday routine. Some people get sufficient benefit from alternate day intermittent fasting, some don't need it at all. If this is a strategy you choose to adopt, the important thing is to maintain hydration by drinking water. Again, a large glass of water is quite filling. Tea and coffee are OK; sugar and milk are not. The key ingredients to be avoided here are sugars. But if you can abstain from calorie intake until lunch, you will be well on the way. If the routine is not too difficult, you are on your way to weight control. Intermittent fasting is not for diabetics. Any metabolic issue requires management by your physician.
Some scientists believe the true culprit in many diseases, including obesity and heart disease, is sugar. Most believe that refined carbohydrates, easily broken down into glucose, begin the cycle of increased insulin secretion that ultimately results in sugars being stored as body fat. The jury is still out on the question of carbs as the devil, but not on the relationship with fat. Reduce carbs and lose fat. Both scientific and anecdotal evidence seem to point in that direction.
Sensible eating includes beginning meals with lower calorie foods. If you eat two courses, start with salad dressed simply with olive oil. It's low in calories, very healthy, tastes good and is quite filling. You will need less of your main course. And remember: leave something over, and no seconds. Dessert for special occasions.
Daily exercise should be part of every life. As far as weight control is concerned, we have established that exercise burns calories but isn't a substitute for dietary restraint. But any calorie consumed for energy is a calorie that is unavailable for conversion to fat.
Find a diet for weight loss. When you achieve your goal, you might consider some of these simple tips to maintain a stable waistline and stay healthy.
Gerald Imber M.D. is an internationally known plastic surgeon and anti-aging authority. Learn more at YouthCorridorClinic.com. Email your skin-care questions to Dr. Imber at firstname.lastname@example.org.