Here’s one more reason to dread Monday mornings: Chances are you put on a few pounds over the weekend. According to a University of North Carolina study, most people consume an extra 82 calories each weekend day compared to during the week. That can add up to an extra 13,000 calories—or
31⁄2 pounds—each year! The reasons for the weight gain were attributed to eating out (larger portions) and drinking alcohol more often on weekends.
In a 1984 snapshot taken as he crossed the finish line of a half marathon, 40-year-old Peter Larson looked “lean and mean” at 162 pounds. Now, 20 years later, Larson weighs in at 192 pounds. So what’s changed? For Larson, like millions of aging Baby Boomers who are losing the battle of the bulge, caloric intake no longer matches energy expenditure.
Liposuction Doesn’t Improve
Metabolic Risk Factors
In their quest to lose weight, more people than ever are turning to cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 384,000 people opted for liposuction procedures in 2003—a 3% increase from 2002. While liposuction may make people look leaner, a new study in the June 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (2004; 350, 2549–57) indicates it won’t necessarily improve health issues related to obesity.
Men and women handle being overweight very differently, according to the Simmons Market Research Bureau. The consumer research company polled 9,882 adults between January and
May 2003, capturing statistics on standard demographics, height and weight. The information appeared in the March 2004 issue of American Demographics.
How many times have clients asked you about over-the-top weight loss products they saw on television? Usually the product manufacturers make outlandish claims that you itemize and debunk. It’s not always easy, however, to convince clients that a pill doesn’t work when they’ve already been exposed to very persuasive arguments from well-produced infomercials. You can’t keep your eye on every bad claim.
Deconditioned people who feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting an exercise and diet program can be confident that small steps do matter. A study finds that overweight, sedentary adults who are not dieting can stop future weight gain by participating in moderate exercise. The study, published in the January issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 120 overweight men and women between the ages of 40 and 65.
Women’s midlife challenges.Bernadette is a sensitive, successful but overworked 56-year-old client of mine. When she came to me 2 years ago, she was emotionally distraught and desperate to change her body, her energy level and her outlook on life. In addition to holding a demanding job, she was struggling with the onset of menopause. Hot flashes continually interrupted her sleep, and her workaholic behavior left little time to relax.
Here’s another reason for your clients to maintain a healthy weight: Women who have gained more than 20 pounds since age 18 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer after menopause than women who have maintained their weight, according to research published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.