Written on May 8, 2013 – 10:15 pm | by Helana Brigman
Exercise and healthful eating are a no-fail recipe for weight-loss success.
But, in the case of certain rare diseases, losing weight just isn’t this simple.
In today’s episode of Fat 2 Fit Radio (#147), Russ and Helana discuss one of the more serious weight-loss topics yet to be addressed on the show: Parkinson’s Disease. We play a voicemail from listener Debbie and hear many of the struggles post-operation patients experience in weight gain and muscle weakness after deep brain stimulation surgery.
Parkinson’s affects about 1% of the population between ages 55 and 65 (WebMD), and, consequently, little is known about its relationship to weight loss and muscle growth.
Russ and Helana review a recent study involving a group of 22 Parkinson’s patients (15 male, 7 female) after deep brain stimulation surgery. More and more, research shows significant weight gain in both men and women, but with shocking results in longterm follow ups.
In the past, we’ve discussed how good old exercise and smart nutrition can influence Type 2 Diabetes (#70) and offer great listener success stories (#102). Yet with Parkinson’s, successful recovery continues to be far more complex.
Russ checks in with listeners Renee and James, covering everything from nutritional information between beans and lentils to over-exertion and blood-shot eyes. He then revisits the topic of “starvation mode” with a new article by Tom Venudo, detailing that starvation mode not only negatively affects your body’s metabolism, but also your body’s ability to lose weight longterm.
As always, take a look at the show notes for our recipe of the week, cited articles, listener stories, and other great reads. For healthful eating ideas, checkout the recipe of the week or signup for the Weekly Recipe Newsletter at Clearly Delicious.
- Bill Geist on Parkinson’s Revelation,”Very Difficult” – CBS this Morning
- Tom Venudo at Burn the Fat Blog
- “10 Foods You Should Always Eat after a Workout” at Examiner.com
- “Food vs. Food: Pinto vs. Lentils” at SparkPeople
- “Top Foods for Parkinson’s Disease” at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
- “Weight Training Improves Parkinson’s Symptoms” at WebMD
- “Understanding Parkinson’s Disease – The Basics” at WebMD
- “Deep Brain Stimulation May Help in Early Stages of Parkinson’s” at WebMD
- “Overweight after Deep-Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Parkinson’s Disease: Long Term Follow Up“
- “Starvation Mode Revisited: Is this the Cause of Slow Fat Loss, Frustrating Plateaus and Weight Re-Gain?”
- Keeping it Off with Tom Venudo – Episode #57 of Fat 2 Fit Radio
- The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round – a seasonal, (mostly) healthful cookbook by Helana Brigman
- Baked Eggs with Bacon and Thyme at Clearly Delicious
- Sign Up for the Weekly Recipe Newsletter at Clearly Delicious!
Motivational Quote of the Week:
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Keep up with Fat 2 Fit!
- Fat 2 Fit #142 – Returning with Updates
- Fat 2 Fit #145 – Running with Endomondo
- Fat 2 Fit 143 – Metabolic Adaptation
- Fat 2 Fit #118 – The Evils of Starvation Diets
- Fat 2 Fit #102 – Curing Disease with Weight Loss