summerset

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  1. I think it can be a very fine line between "habit" and "obsession" or "something healthy becoming unhealthy". I'd say exercise has become something unhealthy when people are actually exercising even when sick with a cold or suffering from overuse injures because they get so nervous about "slacking" or "not burning calories" that they exercise anyway or when exercise gets the number one priority in life because you're so damn afraid of losing your gainz, no matter what. Same with "healthy eating". If you're out having a romantic dinner with your wife/husband and all you can think about is the menu and if it will fit your special needs - then I'd say there might be a problem going on. However, even that is only personal opinion.
  2. I think these people might just have changed obsession. You don't know how it looks inside their minds. Do they feel nervous when missing a training? Do they build their lives around training instead of the other way around? Do they obsess over "muscle definition" and "low body fat" rather than "weight" now? Over "macros" instead of "calories"? How often do they think about eating/nutrition? Strength training is a good thing to do but I'm getting suspicious about "testimonials about curing an ED with strength training". Sounds a lot like the raw vegan or keto or paleo or whatever you tubers who "healed" their eating disorder with veganism and/or being "all raw" or "paleo" etc.
  3. Yes, if one is at desired weight (or at a healthy weight, these two often seem to differ) does it really matter how much one is eating or being able to eat?
  4. Interestingly enough there seemed to be a DS hype in Germany some years ago. Patients who've got the DS talked about "having the Mercedes of WLS" while the classic RNY was the "VW". (Yes, that was the way some patients talked liked.) Well, the hype seems to be gone since quite a few years in Germany and I doubt it's because the DS gets you the best weight loss results possible.
  5. Weird, the people I've met ate quite a lot of fat to "get things going". Carbohydrates gave them smelly gas and made them gain weight.
  6. There are many reasons people choose an RNY or MGB over DS, Reflux being one of them. Insurance stuff. Surgeons that don't perform DS or perform DS only on very heavy patients and even then surgeons seem to have become more hesitant and perform a sleeve first with the option of a second surgery, being MGB, RNY or DS (that's how things seem to be in Germany). However, there are always the different mindsets of different populations to keep in mind as well. As for the better long term results: DS doesn't seem to automatically prevent weight gain and has a bigger potential of complications due to malabsorption. Patients have to watch it as well though in a different manner as it seems. I've met a few BPD/DS patients in the hospital and what they eat doesn't sound very appealing to me as well.
  7. Yeah, the difference between the two can be a fine line. I freely admit though that I use food as some kind of reward after exercising and the food tastes better after physical labour anyway but I've noticed that this seems to be a pretty normal thing to do (e. g. having non-alcoholic wheat beer after long bike rides, I know many people who do that). While I don't view exercise as some kind of punishment, it definitely feels good eating some mood-enhancing and relaxing food after some mood-enhancing and relaxing exercise. A cumulative effect so to say. Since a while I don't view this as a problem anymore. Food is meant to bring us pleasure after all and this makes totally sense from an evolutionary point of view. And what's considered "normal" anyway? "Normal" is what the majority of people around you do. The problems start when exercise starts to consume an unreasonable amount of time or when it has become the absolute highest priority on your list no matter what (e. g. exercising when sick or injured or neglecting other important things in your life).
  8. Almost all people are. I just have to look at my colleagues, e. g. all of them make their fair share of bad choices depending on taste, on mood, on whatever - even though they're not overweight, muscular, fit, or maybe just a little bit overweight or a bit skinny fat. "Food for fuel only forever" is some kind of wet fantasy that won't come true.
  9. I personally notice a certain regulation in both appetite and the volume of food that fits into my stomach comfortably, depending on how much exercise I do. It's not a 100% regulation but it's definitely there. IMO it makes sense not to rely too much on exercise (in the sense of "having to earn the food") since e. g. injuries and/or accidents that will cause you having to cut back or temporarily stop exercising might happen at any time.
  10. No change here. I still like sweet, salty and spicy. And still drinking coffee big time.
  11. Thank your for your kind words. This is exactly what I said to myself and it really is helping a bit. I also think that he wouldn't want us to cry.
  12. Thank you. It was a hard decision, a horrible day and it hurts like hell.
  13. So our beloved Balou is gone since 25th April. RIP.
  14. Yeah, it was gone for a few days.
  15. Yes, it's because they can't really tell us what they want. I wish he could really tell us when to let him go, like: "So I don't want this anymore. I had my life and now let me go."