The answer to people who want to eat and diet at the same time

As Blubbergeddon is a little on the back burner for a number of us, the latest in surgical “marvels” eliminates the need for any self discipline

In a new attempt to control New Zealand’s obesity epidemic, severely overweight patients will have a stomach drain installed through which they pump out excess food.

Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland will run a trial of a device called Aspire Assist, which is installed in a 20-minute outpatient visit requiring no more than conscious sedation.

The backers of the technique view it as a relatively straightforward alternative to state-funded obesity surgery, for which the hospital is unable to meet demand.

Weight can be hard to shed and keep off long term. Thirty per cent of Kiwi adults and 10 per cent of children are obese. New Zealand is the third most obese of developed countries, although some Pacific island states have rates twice as high.

The Aspire Assist device involves joining the stomach to an external valve, via a tube through a hole in the skin. Twenty minutes after meals, the patient connects a hand-operated pump to the valve and drains around 30 per cent of the stomach’s contents into a special container for disposal – unwanted calories discarded before they can be absorbed by the body.

If I have to be absolutely honest with you, this would be the sort of life style gadget that I’d love to have. ? I love my food. ?I love tastes and textures and crunch. ?It’s not about hunger as much as it is about the experience. ? Read more »


Blubbergeddon – what’s up with that?


We’ve lost some people along the way. ?And personally, I’ve stalled.

It’s not easy – not all of us have the motivation of having our face caved in by a professional sportsman. ? As you can see above, some of us are still doing great. ?Grizz, 27 kilos? ?Are you kidding me? ?That’s awesome! ?Wallace – 18.2, out of this world. ?FatGirlSlim has found her second win and managed double digits at 11.3.

he rest of us, let’s be fair, for one reason or another, we can do with some more motivation. ?Let’s see if any of this helps:

Ditch the all-or-nothing mentality
Every small step you take toward a healthier lifestyle matters, said Jeff Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University.

?People often think they have to spend an hour at the gym or eat a diet full of hummus and superfoods, and when they can?t attain that level they just give up and don?t even try,? he said. Read more »

BG2 – better late than never

Careful observers will have noted we skipped a week. ?Sometimes life overtakes, but I’m back. ?So let’s check the scoreboard.


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BG2: Week 8

Hey, fatsos! ?How’s it going?


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BG2: Week 7


Just a quick report today, mostly to just gloss over the fact I’ve not been dieting for a week now. ?Family circumstances demanded I not be grumpy because I’m hungry, so I’ll be back on the horse from tomorrow. ? Luckily, most of you stuck to the program, and there has been some great progress this week. Read more »

BG2: Why fasting is good for you


Many of the changes in my body when I took part in the clinical trial of an intermittent fasting diet were no surprise. Eating very little for five days each month, I lost weight, and I felt hungry. I also felt more alert a lot of the time, though I tired easily. But there were other effects too that were possibly more important.

During each five-day fasting cycle, when I ate about a quarter the average person’s diet, I lost between 2kg and 4kg (4.4-8.8lbs) but before the next cycle came round, 25 days of eating normally had returned me almost to my original weight.

But not all consequences of the diet faded so quickly.

I would like to point out that if you’re heading towards the end of life where you expect things like ?cancer, dementia, diabetes and heart disease to rear their ugly heads, then the 5:2 “diet” is more about the health benefits than the almost incidental weight loss you can achieve. ? Read more »

BG2: Week 5

I’ve had a dreadful week. ?Gone back a full kg. ?So today I’m back on the horse, but not in time to reflect it in the results.


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BG2: What happens when you lose all that weight?

As I might end up losing 40kg, this could be me too (apart from the boobs)


A Canterbury woman who documented online her two-year battle against obesity has called on her thousands of fans to help fight Christchurch Hospital’s decision not to go ahead with a “life-changing” operation.

Elora Harre wants the excess skin – which is the result of losing nearly 55kg – to be removed from her body.

The 21-year-old, who lost weight over two years through healthy eating and exercise, says the extra skin on her stomach, inner thighs, calves, lower back, arms, breasts and armpits is physically crippling and has taken a huge psychological toll on her life.

Ms Harre, a customer service representative, said she hoped her battle with the health system could help pave the way for other people in her situation.

Yesterday, she said she was called the “perfect candidate” for an operation to remove it by Christchurch Hospital’s plastic surgery team at a consultation, but was told the hospital did not have the resources to perform it. Read more »

BG2: Healthy food is more expensive

Carbs are cheap. ?You can buy [undisclosed brand] of fizzy drink for less than bottled water that was fed directly into a bottle at the plant via a line that shines some UV on it.

It seems to make little sense when the fresh raw materials sell for more than the same raw materials after processing and addition of ingredients and packaging.

Supermarket sales really do [cause]?us [to] buy more unhealthy food, a new study has revealed.

It found while shops promote both healthy and unhealthy foods equally, people are more likely to buy unhealthy food when it is discounted.

A 10 per cent rise in promotions for unhealthy foods saw sales shoot up by 35 per cent.

In comparison, the same promotion increase for healthy foods led to only a 20 per cent sales rise.

So it seems most shoppers follow the bargains. ?Which then leads to the question: ?why is it that [undisclosed brand] fizzy drink runs almost perpetual promotions undercutting healthier options?

Do the healthier options’ manufacturers assume that people who want to eat healthy will pay a premium to do so? Read more »

BG2: Week 4