Kirstie Alley Weight Gain
Kirstie Alley the one-time Jenny Craig spokesperson, got back in the saddle stating she needed to lose the 30 pounds she’d regained after parting ways with Jenny Craig in 2007. Kirstie Alley weight loss initially was 75 pounds from the Jenny Craig program that she began in 2004.
Kirstie Alley weight loss struggles have been high profile and subject to public scrutiny. But Kirstie has not shied from the conversation. She managed to ruffle a few feathers when she defined herself as something other than “circus fat,” — but that sass is part of being Kirstie Alley. In fact, Kirstie refers to herself as “cocky.” On the Today Show, however, Kirstie said she did not mean to be offensive. Lighten up, people, literally.
Kirstie Alley weight gain was attributed to relationship troubles and overindulgence at the holidays. Hey, we’ve all been there.
Yo-Yo Dieting and Weight Cycling
Some estimates report that more than 80 percent of people who lose weight regain all they have lost and even more after two years. Researchers at the University of California found that two-thirds of people who have lost weight regain more weight than they had originally lost within four to five years. So there it is, it happens.
Weight cycling is no doubt problematic, and the sooner a person attains and stabilizes at an appropriate weight the better. Recent studies have established a link between weight cycling and high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, depression and cancer.
Part of the problem for fluctuating weight may be in the way people diet. Unfortunately, it is not unusual to go one a diet that has too little calories. Jenny Craig’s 1,200 calorie per day diet translates into weight gain the minute a person begins eating 1,300 calories a day.
Another reason for a gain-weight lose-weight cycle is that our metabolisms overcompensate for weight loss. A 10 percent decrease in body mass can result in a metabolic slowing of 15 percent. Read, “Reversing Metabolic Syndrome.”
It is believed that the more times we lose and regain weight, the more fat the body gains and holds with each cycle. Whereas muscle burns 10 times more calories than fat, continued weight cycling will eventually cause the metabolism to drag. Read, “Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss.”
Losing weight and maintaining the loss is demanding, so before we succeed it is necessary we persevere.
You Know What Works. Go Do It.
Jenny Craig spokesperson Kirstie Alley weight gain aside, I imagine there are those people who are critical of anyone who stumbles or even falls flat on their rears after some measure of success in a difficult task. Losing weight is not easy and neither is keeping it off once it has been lost — even for those of us who’ve had bariatric surgery. Sadly, there are people who root for failure for whatever reason. For every action, there is a critic.
Kirstie Alley weight loss and regain need not be a failure for her — and it need not be a failure for anyone who has regained some of their weight lost. As a matter of fact, it happens pretty often. If a person suffers a setback, then she should try again. Get back in the saddle. Says Kirstie Alley of her weight regain:
“I think when people lose weight and the weight comes back on them, they get sort of embarrassed, and they maybe are hesitant to come back to something, but I just came back to what had been successful for me,” she says. “I would just say, ‘Come on back, come on home. Don’t be embarrassed. It happens to the best of us!”
Imagine a person who would not return to Alcoholics Anonymous because she drank again or a person who surrendered to mental illness because she went off her medication for a period. When a person is knocked off her feet, the goal then becomes to get up again.
Sometimes we stumble, and that’s okay. Don’t give in and give up on yourself. Simply return to what made you successful. You did it once and you are strong enough to do it again.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life