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February 2nd, 2014
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One more thought about weight loss
It's become quite plausible from the survey that some people can lose weight, keep most of it off, and not damage their quality of life by being meticulous about only eating enough to feel comfortable, and that some variant of low carb is frequently a useful tool.

This is not equivalent to saying that all fat people habitually eat past satiation, and it's not equivalent to saying all fat people (including those who habitually eat past satiation) can lose enough weight by moderate methods to meet either medical or social standards.

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From:paulshandy
Date:February 2nd, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I can certainly hope so, otherwise I've missed out on a lot dessert for no reason.
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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:February 3rd, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
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Hello? Where did my first comment go?

Anyway, another factor about 'feeling hungry' is: Which part of the digestive tract feels hungry? Right now, my mouth and throat and a lttle further down feel hungry -- for something hot (in both senses) and not too solid (Italian meat sauce without the pasta would be nice, or at least a hot spicy drink). But the part around the bottom of the ribs says it's still full from lunch. And the part around the navel says it's still working on yesterday's food.
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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:February 3rd, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
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Okay, here's my first comment:

Well, I'm an outlier in long-term and short-term. For my first 65 years, my weight was around 125-130, BMI low normal. Then by some fluke, it went up to 164 in a few months. I've been working it slowly down, but the biggest losses have been rather like 'crash dieting': sometimes about half a pound a day -- eating very little, no or very low white carbs, exercising -- because of a bad cold! (The 'exercise' was deep chest coughs!)

This happened with last year's winter cold also.

During each cold, I was eating just a minimum. Each year, while recovering, I noticed when I was beginning to get full, when the edge of hunger was off. It felt as though my stomach had shrunk and was getting full sooner. Last year, after recovery, I indulged in a little second helping -- too frequently -- and it drifted up somewhat. This year, I'm being more careful. There's definitely a point I can feel, when the stomach is saying "That's the mimimum I needed for the moment." Like, it's replenishing to a 'new normal' size, suitable for staggering back to bed or to the doctor, rather than stocking up for a day of work.

During this year's cold, from Christmas to Jan 5, I lost at least 5 pounds. Overall, with some plateus and ups and down, in 6 weeks I've lost 11 pounds. (And feel better ... like what the low-carbers describe.)
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