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Is Adult ADHD-ADD Making you Obese? 5 Weight Loss Tactics

Monday, August 8th, 2011



Overcome the obstacles to weight loss caused by adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (adult deficit disorder).  End obesity with some simple changes in diet and eating habits.


If you suffer from adult ADHD or ADD,  then you probably also struggle with you weight. Diet plans work for several months, but later fizzle out.

Even if you do manage to reach your goal weight, it’s not long before you yo-yo back to your original weight, and then some.

It’s not your fault- the symptoms of ADD/ADHD make it harder for you to stick to a diet.


Why do adults with ADHD/ADD have trouble losing weight?

Impulsive behavior

You see something chocolaty, and your first reaction is to grab it, and worry about the calories later.

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Most people who have ADHD/ADD battle some form of addiction, be it food addiction, drugs and alcohol, gambling, impulsive shopping, or internet addiction.  With ADHD, instant gratification is seductive, and gives you brief, if temporary, relief from everyday stress.
Lack of organizational skills

If you suffer from ADHD/ADD, you have trouble meeting long-term goals because of poorly developed organizational skills.  You don’t have it in you to log your meals in a food diary; such tedious details, such as portion sizes, nutritional data, and food allowances probably overwhelm you.  Yet, one of the keys to weight loss success is keeping track of your eating habits in a food journal.
Aversion to change

Another symptom of ADHD/ADD is a strong preference for all things familiar, and disinclination to learning new behaviors.  You are resistant to change and you’ll fight it at every opportunity, even if it means succumbing to morbid obesity, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

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There is no middle ground with ADHD/ADD sufferers; you’re on board, or you’re jumping ship.

For example, you decide to start exercising more.  You buy new sneakers, a brand-new designer aluminum water bottle, and a badge cover for your new gym membership card, which you proudly clip onto your new sports bag.

Your resolve is strong…until you encounter your first glitch.  And then another one.  A few weeks later, your gym shoes are collecting dust under a pile of laundry, right next to your workout shorts

Self-fulfilling prophecy syndrome

Your confidence in yourself is low, and you (erroneously) assume that, based on previous experience; you will never accomplish anything that you desire.  The idea of reaching an ideal weight seems more like a fantasy than a reality.

Tips for managing your weight with adult ADHD/ADD

1- Consider medication

There’s no shame in taking ADHD/ADD treatments, such as Adderall, Concerta, or Ritalin.

Many people who have learning disabilities can effectively reverse their symptoms and achieve weight loss by addressing their medical issues through an ADHD diagnosis.

Additionally, supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 helps to maintain neurological and cognitive health.


2- Out of sight, out of mind

Some people can look a plate of cheesecake in the eye and turn the other way.  You are not one of those people, and the sooner you learn to accept that, the easier it will be for you to achieve your weight loss goals.

Don’t frequent restaurants that serve trigger foods. If ice cream is your weakness, then stay out of the frozen desserts aisle.  Don’t buy junk food, thinking that you make keep it in your cupboard, and make it last a long time.  You’ll most likely end up eating the entire party-sized bag of potato chips in one day, just to save yourself the anxiety of having to resist the constant temptation.


3- Create a flexible workout routine

Find an exercise that you love, and then find another one.  Remember, variety is  the spice of a life-long workout goal.  If music gives you energy, then choose sports activities that go well with an inexpensive MP3 player, like jogging, elliptical stepping, or indoor cycling.  Like the water?  Swim laps at the local YMCA, or enlist in a water aerobics class.

Whichever activity you choose, it should be something that you look forward to, and boosts your mood.


4- Avoid boredom.

Especially during the first few weeks of a change in diet, keep busy with a new hobby, an outside activity, or just a drive to the mall (avoiding the food court, naturally).

Boredom is one of the most common barriers to weight loss success.

5- Stay on the wagon.

Ignore your inner pessimist.

Say positive affirmations (they work!), think yes-I-can thoughts, and paste a smile on your face, even if you feel differently.

The term, “practice makes perfect” definitely applies about behavior modification.  Train yourself to expect the best, and eventually, positive thoughts will come naturally.  If you do fall off the wagon, get up quickly.  The longer you stay on the ground, the harder it is to get back up.

You can do this!


Also read:

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Anorexic British Teen Regrets Gastric Bypass Surgery

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011



Malissa Jones, once nicknamed “Britain’s fattest teen” is now quite possibly Britain’s skinniest…and unhappiest teen, following gastric bypass surgery.


Lose weight now, she was told, or your life is at stake

At the age of 16, Ms. Jones was warned by her doctor that she would have only months to live, unless she lost weight. Morbidly obese, Malissa weighed in at 34 stone. (In American-speak, that’s 476 pounds.)  Having already had a mild heart attack a year earlier, Malissa was told to lose 280 pounds, lest the next heart attack be her last.

Her diet consisted of mainly junk food like chocolate and potato chips. At 5’8, Malissa consumed about 15,000 calories a day, more than 7 times the amount recommended for a girl of her age with her build. Malissa had all the symptoms of obesity; she suffered from angina, a cardiovascular disease normally associated with old age, at the tender age of 15. At nighttime she was forced to wear an oxygen mask, because doctors warned that her heart and lungs couldn’t withstand the force of her weight while she was lying down.

For more information about the risks involved with teen weight loss surgery, please read Teens and Weight Loss Surgery: Worth the Risk?

Doctors recommended gastric bypass surgery

In 2008, at the age of 17, Malissa Jones made headlines when she became the youngest person ever in the UK to receive gastric bypass surgery, of which the cut-off age is generally 18.  The $20,000 NHS funded operation entailed stapling her stomach to a significantly smaller size and “bypassing” her digestive system so as to limit food absorption. For this reason, gastric bypass patients are unable to digest vitamins such as B12 from food sources, and must submit to a lifetime of vitamin supplements in order to prevent severe vitamin B12 deficiency.

The surgery was a success, at least at first. Two years post surgery, Malissa had lost half her body weight, although she still carried about 28 pounds of loose, excess flabby skin, a side effect which causes quite a bit of dismay among bariatric surgery patients.

“I’m too thin. My body shocks me. But swallowing is painful.

Eating a tiny amount gives me stomach cramps or makes me sick,” admits Malissa.

At the age of 20 she became pregnant. Doctors were concerned that her newly stapled stomach might rupture from the weight of the baby’s womb; at six months Malissa suffered liver failure, so she was forced to have a Cesarean birth. Her baby boy, named Harry, died only one hour after surgery of malnutrition. During her pregnancy, and likely as a result of her weight loss surgery, she was not physically able to eat enough food to support herself and the baby. Malissa was devastated.

For more information about avoiding vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy, please read Pregnant Moms and Low B-12 Levels: Let ‘em Eat Steak!


Today, Malissa once again battles for her life, only now her enemy is anorexia nervosa

Now, Malissa is 21-years-old and weighs a mere 112 pounds. Diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, she admits that she has food phobia, and that eating makes her feel physically ill. Sometimes, she says, she would rather die than make herself eat. ”I’m too thin. My body shocks me. But swallowing is painful. Eating a tiny amount gives me stomach cramps or makes me sick,” admits Malissa.

Her regular daily diet consists of 3 cooked carrots, some turnips, and a roast potato, amounting to 300 calories, although she was advised to consume between 500 and 1,000 calories per day. Once again, Malissa is told that because of her weight she will likely die of a heart attack within months, only now the challenge is to eat enough to keep her alive.

Too late for regrets

In an interview from 2009, Malissa admits that she wishes she had never had the gastric bypass surgery, and that she liked her body better before when she was fat. The cost for excessive skin removal is $33,000, more than this 21-year-old, who had to quit her job because of disability caused by anorexia, can afford to save up. While the NHS agreed to pay for her $20,00 weight loss surgery, they have not agreed to fund the plastic surgery required to remove the scarred, wrinkled, overhanging skin which typically results from rapid weight loss.

“At least it was firm and curvy, not droopy and saggy,” she says. “I had nice firm arms – now the skin just hangs and I have to cover them up because they look so awful.”

In addition to suffering anorexia, Malissa has chronic depression, for which she takes antidepressants; she also suffers gastrointestinal diseases, chronic fatigue and low immunity. Because she is not able to follow a healthy nutritious diet, her immune system has been severely compromised, leaving her at risk for infections.

On a final note, Malissa has this to say to any obese individuals considering gastric bypass surgery:

“I wish I’d lost the weight through exercise and healthy eating. I know this operation was life-saving, but the complications I’m suffering now might still kill me. The truth is I feel I’m no better off than I was before.”

For more information on some of the risks involved with gastric bypass surgery, please read:

10 Mistakes Gastric Bypass Patients Often Make

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Gastric Bypass Surgery: Good for the Heart

Thursday, February 10th, 2011



The  Journal of the American College of Cardiology recently published a report confirming that gastric bypass surgery not only helps you lose weight- it also might give you a healthier heart.

Scientific evidence supports the health benefits of gastric bypass surgery.

Scientists from the Medical College of Georgia recently concluded a study which focused on a group of individuals who were morbidly obese; the subjects studied were overweight to the point that if they didn’t lose weight immediately they would die an early age.

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass procedures essentially involve:

  • Division of the stomach into two pockets:  a small upper pocket and a considerably larger lower  pocket
  • Reconnecting of the small intestine to both pockets
  • Food bypasses the larger pocket in favor of the smaller stomach pouch

Typical life-threatening ailments resulting from morbid obesity include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and risk of stroke.

Out of the 733-member focus group, 423 elected for gastric bypass surgery while the rest did not.

Necessary weight loss led to reversed symptoms.

After two years the bypass surgery patients lost considerable amounts of weight, resulting in the following health benefits:

  • Decreased body mass index
  • Decreased waist measurements
  • Lowered systolic blood pressure
  • Lowered levels of triglycerides
  • Lowered levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Increased HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Increased insulin response

Heart structure improved, as well.

Obesity physically distorts the heart structure by creating excess muscular mass in the left ventricle and stretching the gap in the cavity of the right ventricle.

However, two years after gastric bypass surgery the following cardiovascular changes occurred among the 423-member group:

  • Reduced mass index in left ventricle
  • Reduced width of right ventricular cavity
  • Lowered heart rate

Gastric bypass surgery is a life-saving last resort.

In situations where obesity is not life-threatening physicians generally recommend losing weight naturally, no more than about a pound per week.  Gastric bypass surgery is proposed only as recourse when the only other alternative is premature death.  A dangerously high body mass index is necessary in order to qualify somebody for this elective surgery.

More information on the risks and benefits of gastric bypass surgery can be found at the Mayo Clinic.



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