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MORNING STAR • NOVEMBER 18 - 24, 2010

Weight loss is a gradual process Dr. Policastro was the author of last week’s column titled “You don’t always have to be on the front lines to experience war.” His name was inadvertently omitted.

By Dr. Anthony Policastro Everybody knows that it is easier to gain weight than to lose it and there is a very logical reason for this. The average person needs about 1,800 calories per day which amounts to between 600 and 700 calories per meal. This does not include snacks so it is very easy to reach that amount. A typical meal at a fast food restaurant will provide over 1,000 calories at one meal. If someone wants to lose weight they need to eat fewer calories. However, trying to cut calories down below 600 per meal is difficult. Almost anything you eat will provide about 300 calories. Eating three very light meals of 300 calories will get you down to 900 calories for the entire day. That might include a small bowl of cereal with skim milk for breakfast, a small sandwich for lunch and vegetables and fruit for dinner. It is hard for someone to do that even for one day let alone a longer period of time. On the other hand, suppose someone decides to have a Big Mac and medium fries for a meal which is 820 calories. If they have that many calories three times a day that is almost 900 more that the 1,800 calories they need. Thus it is easy to in-

crease the number of calories without eating a lot more. However, it is very difficult to reduce the number of calories because even eating light builds calories quickly. An alternative way of thinking about dieting looks at days won and days lost. Each day, you should be able to get a feel for whether you are splurging on calories or not. The days that you do are days lost. The days that you do not are days won. The goal is to have more days won than days lost. The thing to remember is that most days won are going to be 1,200 to 1,500 calorie (300 calories below the 1,800) days. This is about the best you can expect on a typical day. Most days lost are going to be about 3,000 calorie (1,200 calories above the 1,800) days. For that reason you need about four wins to each loss. Most people would expect that one over day should equal one under day but it doesn’t work that way. For this reason, weight loss goals need to be measured in months as opposed to days or weeks. Weight loss of a pound a month is 12 pounds a year and 60 pounds over 5 years. We tend to be in such a hurry that if the results are not immediately obvious, we give up. If you have 24 wins and six losses each month, you should be on a good pace. This would be a good record for any sports team. Perhaps the better approach to weight loss is like a sports team, striving for a good record with more wins than losses.

Carper Highlights Medicare Open Enrollment Season and New Medicare Benefits On Monday, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) highlighted the start of Medicare’s open enrollment season and implementation of several Medicare provisions of the Affordable Care Act that will benefit Delaware seniors. Starting this past Monday through December 31, 2010 Medicare beneficiaries can review and change their coverage to find the plan that will work best for them in 2011. Starting in January 2011, Delaware’s 140,000 Medicare beneficiaries will be also able to take advantage of the following provisions as a result of the Affordable Care Act: All 140,000 Medicare enrollees in Delaware will get preventive services, like mammograms and cognitive screenings, to test for symptoms like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and an annual wellness visit without copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles. Seniors who are in the doughnut hole will get a 50 percent discount on brandname drugs and 7 percent discount on generic drugs. Every year after that, the discount will increase until the doughnut hole is filled completely in 2020.  “Delawareans have already begun to see many benefits of the health care reform legislation,” said Sen. Carper.

“Medicare beneficiaries can review and change their coverage to find the plan that will work best for them in 2011. Starting January 1, 2011, seniors will benefit from stronger, more comprehensive Medicare services. “Thanks to our health care reform law, seniors will now be able to receive free annual physicals. These yearly physicals will hopefully help improve seniors’ health by detecting and managing diseases early on through free annual preventive screenings, which can be helpful in diagnosing chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Early diagnosis of these types of diseases common among Medicare patients can result in better, more cost effective treatment. Seniors with high prescription drug costs will also see their financial burden greatly reduced through a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs in the doughnut hole. “The Medicare open enrollment season is always an important time of year for Delaware seniors to make sure they are getting the best benefits Medicare has to offer. This year seniors should take full advantage of Medicare’s new, potentially life-saving benefits made possible through the Affordable Care Act.”

Heart Healthy Event This Saturday, Nov. 20, an American Heart Association Get Your Heart in the Game community day event will be held in Sussex Technical High School gymnasium. This will be the first time this event has ever been held on the Delmarva Peninsula. Games, health booths, and other fun activities will be held from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The event is part of the senior STEM project of Courtney Hastings of Laurel. She will be making a promotional video for this brand new program. The event is in memory of her father, Ray E. Hastings, who passed away of a massive heart attack and was also a basketball coach. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. The ST girls’ basketball team will be playing under the direction of new head coach Jesse Brown, and is one of the first in the entire country to support this great cause. From 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. a beginner’s basketball clinic with local players and coaches will be open to girls age 7-12 at the beginner’s level. At the same time, there will be a cupcake eating contest for ST staff members. Afterwards, ST students will take part in a hilarious mystery student activity. Bring the whole family to enjoy the games, food, activities, raffles and booths that will be set up that center around heart health. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Wear a red shirt and get $1 off the admission price. The public is invited.

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