Emerging Science Extending Life Past 200 years

23 04 2015

Extending life hundreds of years and likely to see rural areas develop dramatically. How emerging technologies are taking SciFI and turning fountain of youth technologies into reality.

Last Updated:  23 April 2015

Biologically our bodies are able to live 120 years.  And that lifespan appears to be dependent upon many factors including our environment, culture and lifestyle.

Many now believe a 120 year life span average is not so impossible to achieve because of scientific advancements in emerging medical, genomic, and micro-Nano processing technologies.  I know this all sounds like Sci-Fi to many of you, but I assure you this emerging technology is real and occurring at warp speed

One only need to make a comparison from the early 1800’s to see that the average life span increased from ~37 to 47 years of age by the end of the 19th century.  And by the mid-1950’s one could expect to live an average life span of 68 years.  Today, that average has now reached 79 years of age.  Simply by viewing a window of time (~200 years) our average life span has increased 225%, or 44 additional years.  And to be fair, most of that 225% increase occurred during the mid-20th century due to the quickening advancement of science. In order to achieve an average 100-120 year life span for a major portion of our population, something other than lifestyle, environment and conventional medical practices needs to change.

Today the likelihood of living to the age of 120 years is reserved for a few.  Yes, there are recorded individuals that lived 122 years. And unrecorded and/or uncertified ages from birth records or hometown claims of older ages before death.  Now the 120 year lifespan may be possible for a majority rather than reserved for a few. So let’s take a look at a couple of the anti-aging experiments going on today.  And in doing so we can better understand how one could live a super centurion lifestyle in good health due to advancements in multi-science disciplines.  In this light also grasp the ideal how a safe anti-aging treatment could soon be available to live well beyond 100 years of age in good health. Could diet be part of the anti-aging solution? Let’s examine this notion.

Recent studies show us in the rhesus monkey experiment at the University of Wisconsin, restricted diets slow down the bodies aging process.  Although it is not understood exactly what mechanisms cause this, these studies show restricted calories simultaneously slow down the progression of disease as we age.  So what do scientists take away from animal studies like this?  By reducing your daily intake 20-30% “but not starvation dieting” It is said the CR (Calorie Restricted) diet could allow a human being to live maybe 135 to 140 years.  Members of the Delaney’s group (Brian Delany is the president of Calorie Restriction Society) generally consumes fewer than 2000 calories a day.  However, it is also acknowledged by other restricted diet practitioners, it is not practical for a majority of population to endure a CR diet in hopes of achieving a 135-140 age result.

Also, in San Francisco there was a gene altering experiment on microscopic worms where their average life span is 13 days.  Professor Cynthia Kenyon was able to increase some of their life spans by 6 times, simply by altering one specific gene and where the worms live a healthy productive life throughout the duration.  This validates the genes that cause us to age “are not fixed.”  And where the aging gene can be slowed down considerably through various genome treatments yet to be discovered.

The answers to fountain of youth solutions are being studied through a new millennial set of eyes.  And these new age scientists believe it is now possible to extend human life by hundreds of years, not just decades or a century! So let’s look into their thought process and vision of how 100 or 200 years additional life span could naturally progress to reality within our lifetime. The method to this madness is fueled by emerging sciences and technology.

What if science could genetically “turn-off” the feeling of hunger without the subject feeling any sense of starvation?  It could be accomplished simply by swallowing a nanobot pill that could switch on-off a DNA-gene string sequence that tells the brain 2000 calories of food per day is enough subsistence.  Would this be of value to someone that is challenged with diabetes, overweight condition and/or other ill-health complexities due to obesity, or food obsessions, etc.? Or how about a pill that was able to target a diseased gene string, recode and repair its DNA sequence.  In essence remove or short circuit a bad switch to cure disease, curve appetite and extend life!

Let’s take a closer examination of bio-genome discipline and you’ll soon realize it’s not quackery, it’s a revolutionary medical science. A science that makes it possible to turn on-off gene switches that can reset wellbeing, remove disease and extend life.  But in order to fully appreciate this potential I must define, relate and apply my understanding of these disciplines through analogies in order to express this revolutionary and life altering potential. And in some instances make some presumptions to wrap up my conclusions.

There are approximately 30,000 genes that influence our growth and development throughout our lifecycle.  Now imagine how many combinations of DNA genetic code sequences could be made out of all of these genes that influence our metabolism and immune systems for example.  And your 30,000 gene combinations are completely different and unique than any other individual.  That means no two people could ever have the same DNA gene code string sequences within a chromosome nucleus. However, we all have 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up human attributes and sequenced in the same order of decreasing size. So at the 100,000 foot ceiling we can identify chromosome and some cellular genetic structures connected to a limited number of abnormalities. It’s what we’ll soon see at ground level that’s revolutionary.

A good analogy in which to relate to chromosomes and DNA gene code sequences follows.

Our chromosomes are aligned in order like a library of encyclopedia books.  That is, we can determine when a book is missing in our chromosome library.  When a chromosome book in the library is out of order it is easy to identify that missing or out of place book.  However DNA genetic code strings bound onto a chromosomes nucleus is much harder to decode and reverse cellular mutation.

This is where understanding of genetics gets way more complicated.

Next we’ll define the emerging science of genomics.  A genome is the sum total of all of an individual organism’s genes.  And these genes reside within the structure of “any” animal’s chromosome cell’s nucleus, where there are threadlike linear strands of DNA circled and bound to associated cell proteins.  Humans have the same 46 types of chromosomes in number and order with the exception when it comes to sex determination.  That is, the 23rd pair of chromosomes is different. XX chromosome (female) and the distinctive XY chromosome (male).

Our unique genetic code resides within each chromosome [book].  And the DNA gene strings within each cells chromosomes are uniquely color coded with the genetic transcription of both parents.  Therefore our genetic code sequence reads more like a story or words used within a books chapters and as unique as a finger print, or snow flake. No two people could ever have the same DNA coded story.

Now imagine a super-tiny micro bio-factory that could be introduced into the blood or immune circulatory system, target, re-code and reset aging or diseased chromosome gene code sequences. Just like updating a sentence within a books chapter. Recall, no two people have the same chapter stories. However we do have the same book titles. It’s the individual story that reads wrong and hopefully made to read right and reverse disease and slow down aging.

Genomics has advanced greatly over the last decade and better known as Genome Technology.  The Genome Technology Branch (GTB) is a specialized group of research scientists that have developed world-class scientific control standards in innovative technology studies on gene isolation.  This science allows gene isolation research to occur on a segment of a chromosome DNA molecule that codes and sequences, to include computational analysis of chromosome protein and linear DNA sequencing, etc. It is known through these studies that the color coding of our genes occupy certain space on a DNA gene string and on any one of 23 pairs of chromosomes in nearly every cell of our body.  A blood sample is now the most common method to determine a biological DNA match.  The same confirmation of genetic match can be found within the saliva, other bio-fluids, skin, hair and exoskeleton.

If the chromosomes are the books that make up our library, then once opened the words and sentences are like the 30,000 gene combinations of off-on switches that influence our unique growth, development and disease risk.  Now you can better understand how gene sequencing at the molecular level has unique DNA code per individual and why illness and disease (cancer) can challenging to treat with todays limited medical technologies.

One day science will be able to target a genetic defect(s) within a singular chromosome DNA string to cure cancer without second guessing treatment alternatives.  And this will be accomplished by re-sequencing (and/or) turn on/off DNA gene strand connections as treatment protocol.  And the pathogen cure will “likely” be accomplished through a bio-nanobot-factory processor that targets DNA defects within a chromosomes nucleus.

What is a nanobot and how does it relate to these “super tiny” processor bio-factories better known as Nano robotics.

Nanobot is a “new conceptual” nanoscale “organic like” robot (0.1 – 10 micrometers with ~1.5 nanometer switches). Its factory platform functions like a biochemical-medical repair center who’s processing size and speeds far exceed current computer processing technology. For example, our computer processers function in micro seconds (1 millionth of a second) on relative processor scale and platform.   Where we’re heading in genome science is a super charged Nano-robotic processing time (1 billionth of a second) on a biochemical-compatible sized organic switching relay platform.

In the future these tiny bio-repair factories will be ideal to inject or consume as medicine that targets and makes the necessary cellular repairs.  But we’re still too big to operate on a Nano-processing platform and don’t have a working prototype yet. However, the micro-processing scalability already exists and it just a matter of time before Nano processing technology becomes available for medical genome treatment.   As micro and Nano-processing technologies merge and advance, so does the microbiology and genomic mapping coordination and identify chromosome nucleus defects and recode a target site.

Using computer processer technology to advance genome science is possible because our body’s cellular structures function a lot like a computer processor. And our electrical-chemical cells of the body is like a software code that makes electrical switches when chemical reactions occur. Therefore it is more likely than not this technology at some point will be able to extend life, cure cancer and where Western medicine as we know it becomes dated and obsolete.

It is possible within our lifetime we’d visit a medical doctor and be injected or swallow a pill that contains super-tiny organic bio-processor factories that circulate throughout the blood stream and make necessary repairs, cure disease and slow down the aging process. Although many of you will shrug your shoulders and think this is impossible, not in my lifetime, or morally unthinkable. These objectives and goals is emerging at an accelerated rate.

Regardless of how you feel about the science and the morality of it; anti-aging and advanced medical science are emerging industries I’d literally take stock in.

References,

About.com. what is Binary?  http://php.about.com/od/programingglossary/qt/binary.htm

Bionet.  How Long Can we Live? www.bionetonline.orghttp://www.bionetonline.org/english/content/ll_cont1.htm

National Human Genome Research Institute.  Genome Technology Branch.  http://www.genome.gov/10000016 Peris, Richard. Dr. Could We Live Forever?

Or Even Come Close. 11 February 09. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-3475140.html

Sciences Education Foundation, General Atomics.  Gene/Chromosome – Gen/DNA Relationship Analogies.  http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/dna/anals/genedna.html

The Free Dictionary.  X Chromosome.  http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/X+chromosome

Wikipedia.  Genomics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genomics

Wikipedia.  Nanorobotics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Nanorobotics

Woodard, Marc.  A Pill That Could Extend Life beyond 100 Years.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  23 November 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/11/23/a-pill-that-could-extend-life-beyond-100-years/

Woodard, Marc.  10 Super Centenarians how’d They Live over 116?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  22 September 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/09/22/10-super-centenarians-howd-they-live-over-116/

CRNano.org. Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.

What is Nanotechnology?  http://crnano.org/whatis.htm

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ANG, CPT, RET.  2015 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com, sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Fountain of Youth Found Through Nano-Biological Factories

2 12 2012

The Fountain of Youth will be Found in the advancement of biological and emerging technology solutions

    Biologically our bodies are designed to live 120 years.  And that lifespan appears to be dependent upon many factors including our environment, diet, genes, habits, behaviors, physical activities and mental disposition, etc.   Many now believe a 120 year life span average is not so impossible because of scientific advancements in emerging medical, genomic, and micro-nano processing technologies.  I know this all sounds like Sci-Fi to many of you, but I assure you this scientific advancement is real and is occurring at warp speed.

     One only need to make a comparison from the early 1800’s to see that the average life span increased from ~37 to 47 years of age by the end of the 19th century.  And by the mid-1950’s one could expect to live an average life span of 68 years.  Today, that average has now reached 79 years of age.  Simply by viewing a window of time (~200 years) our average life span has increased 225%, or 44 additional years.  And to be fair, most of that 225% increase occurred during the mid-20th century due to the quickening advancement of science.

     In order to achieve an average 100-120 year life span for a major portion of our population, something other than lifestyle, diet and conventional medical practices will need to be added to the equation.  Today the ability to achieve the 120 year mark is reserved for a few.  Yes, there are a few [see referenced links below] recorded individuals that have lived ~122 years, believe it or not.  Now the 120 year lifespan may be possible for a majority of us to achieve as advancements of new emerging sciences endeavor to unlock the fountain of youth.

     So let’s take a look at a couple of the anti-aging experiments going on today.  And in doing so we can better understand how we get to the 120 year milestone for the majority.  In this light we can also begin to grasp on to the ideal that a safe anti-aging product could be available within our lifetime to extend our average life well beyond 79 years of age.

     For example, experiments of rhesus monkeys at the University of Wisconsin show through restricted diets the bodies aging process slows down.  Although it is not understood exactly what mechanisms cause this, these studies also show restricted calories simultaneously slow down the progression of disease as we age.  So what do scientists take away from animal studies like these to advance to the next level of anti-aging solutions?  Let’s review insight and results based on these types of experiments to see if we can connect the dots.

     By reducing your daily intake 20-30% “but not starvation dieting” It is said the CR (Calorie Restricted) diet could allow a human being to live maybe 135 to 140 years.  Members of the Delaney’s group (Brian Delany is the president of Calorie Restriction Society) generally consumes fewer than 2000 calories a day.  However, it is also acknowledged by other restricted diet practitioners, it is not practical for the mass to endure a CR diet in hopes of achieving a 135-140 year life span.

     Also, in San Francisco there is a gene altering experiment on microscopic worms where their average life span is 13 days.  Professor Cynthia Kenyon has been able to increase some of their life spans by 6 times, simply by altering one specific gene and where the worms live a healthy productive life throughout the duration.  This experiment validates the genes that cause us to age “are not fixed.”  Instead, these types of experiments show us that the aging gene can be slowed down considerably.

     Its experiments like these that puts us closer to understanding what turns on and off the genetic aging and disease switches within our bodies.  Although these experiments are only a few of many that could have been shared within this article to make a point, they are examples of many similar studies occurring abroad.  The answers to longevity solutions are now being studied through a new generation of scientists.  And these new age scientists believe it is now possible to extend human life by hundreds of years, not just decades!  So let’s look into this new age mindset and emerging technologies so we can better understand how science will get there.

   What if science could genetically “turn-off” the feeling of hunger without the subject feeling any sense of starving?  And it could be accomplished simply by swallowing a nanobot pill that could switch on-off a DNA-gene string sequence that tells the brain 2000 calories of food per day is enough subsistence.  Would this be of value to someone that is challenged with diabetes and/or other ill-health complexities due to obesity, or food obsessions?  Or how about a pill that was able to target a diseased gene string and fix it by recoding its DNA sequence to maintain a healthy structure for the next 100 years!

     In all likelihood, I believe longevity science will be applied to extend life beyond a 120 year timeline within the 21st century using genomic and bio-nanobot medical sciences and technologies.  Let’s take a better look at these futuristic biological science technologies and how they “could” possibly turn on-off these gene switches to extend life and remove disease.  But in order to fully understand this potential prospect we first must define, relate and apply the basic elements of these advanced emerging sciences.

     There are approximately 30,000 genes that influence our growth and development.  Now imagine how many combinations of DNA genetic code sequences could be made out of all of these genes.  Your 30,000 gene combinations are completely different and unique than any other individual.  That means no two people would ever have the same DNA gene code string within a chromosome nucleus.  But what genetic commonality do all humans share?  We all have 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up our human attributes and where they are sequenced in the same order of decreasing size. 

    Here is a good anology in which to relate to a chromosome and DNA gene sequences.  Our chromosomes are aligned in order like a library of encyclopedia books.  That is, we can determine when a book is missing in our chromosome library.  When our chromosome library in out of order it is not so hard to identify known diseases.  However DNA genetic code strings bound onto our chromosomes nucleus are what makes each one of us uniquely different as human beings.  This is where understanding of genetics get’s way more complicated.  By understanding where we’re at and where we’re going on this nano-scale, we can see how science will one day unlock the fountain of youth and disease free secrets.

     Next we’ll define the emerging science of genomics.  A genome is the sum total of all of an individual organism’s genes.  And these genes reside within the structure of “any” animal’s chromosome cell’s nucleus, where there are threadlike linear strands of DNA circled and bound to associated cell proteins.  Humans have the same 46 types of chromosomes in number and order with the exception when it comes to sex determination.  That is, the 23rd pair of chromosomes is different: XX chromosome (female) and the distinctive XY chromosome (male).  However, our genetic code resides within each chromosome.  And the DNA gene strings within each chromosome are uniquely color coded with the genetic transcription of both parents.  Therefore our genetic code sequence is as unique as a finger print, or snow flake.

     Now imagine a super-tiny micro bio-factory that could be introduced into the blood circulation; target and re-code ailing or diseased chromosome or gene strings!

     The merging of advanced medical science has evolved within Genomics and within the last 10 years, or better known as Genome Technologies.  The Genome Technology Branch (GTB) is a specialized group of research scientists that have developed world-class scientific control standards in innovative technology studies of gene isolation.  This science allows gene isolation research to occur on a segment of a chromosome DNA molecule that codes and sequences, to include computational analysis of chromosome protein and linear DNA sequencing, etc.

     It is known through these studies that the color coding of these genes occupy certain space on the DNA gene strings of all  23 pairs of chromosomes within nearly every cell of our body.  A blood sample is now the most common method to determine a biological match after DNA analysis.  The same confirmation of genetic match can be found within the saliva, bio-fluids, skin, hair, exoskeleton etc.

     If the chromosomes are the books that make up our libraries, then once opened the words and sentences are like the 30,000 gene combinations of off-on switches that influence our unique growth and developmental standards.  And now you can better understand how gene sequencing at the molecular level has unique variances within each of us; and why our metabolic and gene chemistries are so complicated, but with similar genetic and uniform “platform [library] design.”  And by this understanding you can also appreciate how our DNA can be greatly influenced by our environment, diet, physical activities and emerging science technologies.

     One day science will easily be able to target a genetic defect(s) within a singular chromosome to cure untreatable rare diseases and disorders.  And this will be accomplished by understanding how to re-sequence (and/or) turn on/off DNA gene strands to cure us.  And this will “likely” be accomplished by a bio-nanobot-factory processor that can target these defect strands within a chromosome nucleus to achieve the desired medical result.   Cures will include, but not limited to repair of organs, skin, bone, cartilage, brain, ligament, glands, metabolic function, growing new tissue and nerves, etc., and extend life span!

     Now we’ll briefly jump into what are nanobots, and how does this correlate with these “super tiny” processor bio-factories, or better known as nanorobotics.  This is a “new conceptual” ideal where a nanoscale “organic like” robot (0.1 – 10 micrometers with ~1.5 nanometer switches) acts like a bio-processing medical repair factory. 

     For example, our computer processing time is now into the micro (1 millionth of a second) processing speed capacity and platform size.   And where we’re heading is toward a nano-robotic processing time (1 billionth of a second) on a biocompatible “scaled” platform.  Today tiny bio-repair factories are conceptually possible to induce into the body and make ill-health repairs.  But we’re still too big to operate on a nano-processing speed and don’t have a working prototype platform yet. 

     However, this processor platform and “near” scalability already exists within our computer technologies.   As the micro to nano-processing technologies advance, so does the microbiology and genomic mapping coordination to target and identify defective chromosome nucleus and genetic DNA color code strings.  And as emerging sciences continue to figure out new ways to increase logic speeds and shrink compatible platforms this is all possible.  The computer nuts and bolts of speeding up process logic on scaled platforms continue to accelerate and have an influence in all industries dependent upon advancement of these sciences.

     Transitioning from our computer processor technology to biological genome world is possible because once concept is mapped toward design, then a bio-medical platform agent is the next logical step.  Therefore it should not be thought of as impossible for these technologies to merge where life extension and disease is removed.  Just the opposite appears to be coming true.  It is possible within our lifetime to see a day where a customer would visit a physician and be injected, absorb and/or swallow a pill that contains super-tiny organic bio-processor factories that circulate throughout the blood stream to make medical repairs and cure disease.

     Although many of you will shrug your shoulders and think impossible or morally unthinkable, these emerging science technologies are occurring.  Regardless of how you feel about where science is heading, these are industries I would take stock in “literally.”  It truly is possible to achieve a commercial medical application within our lifetime where nano-organic processing factories will be able to cure us from all that ails us.  And this include life extension, or better known as the fountain of youth!

 References,

 About.com. What is Binary?  http://php.about.com/od/programingglossary/qt/binary.htm

 Bionet.  How Long Can we Live? www.bionetonline.orghttp://www.bionetonline.org/english/content/ll_cont1.htm

 National Human Genome Research Institute.  Genome Technology Branch.  http://www.genome.gov/10000016

 Peris, Richard. Dr. Could We Live Forever? Or Even Come Close. 11 February 09. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-3475140.html

 Sciences Education Foundation, General Atomics.  Gene/Chromosome – Gen/DNA Relationship Analogies.  http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/dna/anals/genedna.html

 The Free Dictionary.  X Chromosome.  http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/X+chromosome

 Wikipedia.  Genomics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genomics

 Wikipedia.  Nanorobotics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanorobotics

 Woodard, Marc.  A Pill That Could Extend Life beyond 100 Years.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  23 November 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/11/23/a-pill-that-could-extend-life-beyond-100-years/

 Woodard, Marc.  10 Super Centenarians how’d They Live over 116?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  22 September 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/09/22/10-super-centenarians-howd-they-live-over-116/

 CRNano.org.  Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.  What is Nanotechnology?  http://crnano.org/whatis.htm

 Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2012 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Exercising for Weight Loss a Myth?

22 09 2009

Do you recall seeing commercials or reading magazine advertisements where exercise gadgets and specialized exercise programs promise great weight loss results?  Well if you haven’t, let me tell you weight loss exercise products are big business for ex-celebrities in the entertainment and sports industries.  Remember the thigh and abs flex products that promoted inches will melt away around these areas while leading you to believe this would be the result of the entire body!  After all, the models used in the sales pitch appear to be perfectly lean specimens.

 Look around your house and count how many unused exercise gadgets, exercise equipment and books you have lying dormant in your home.  Why do these products lay around the home collecting dust?  And if these products did not work for you why did you not return the product?  Most of these exercise weight loss products guarantee great results by your favorite celebrity.  You were lead to believe if you follow the typical 4-12 week exercise product program you would see great results, well did you?  It is also interesting to note most guarantees have a 30-90 (4-12 weeks) day satisfaction return policy, no questions asked.  If the product didn’t produce the results was it because they actually didn’t work, or that you didn’t give an honest effort, or would it have mattered whether you used the product or not?  Regardless, the product is sitting in your home now dormant.

 Could it be you blame your lack of motivation to use the product that ran out the warranty?  Maybe you used the product as instructed without great, or no results, but in fact gained more weight.  Possibly the relatively small dollar amount of the purchase didn’t seem worth the effort to send it back.  In each example, you disregarded the warranty.

 In any case, most of us have been conditioned to believe exercise is the key to great weight loss success.    Product sales pitches that use the science of exercise as a weight loss product concept have been misleading consumers desperate to lose weight for years.  Yet those that are desperate want to believe the hype because they believe this premise is based on hard scientific fact!  Marketers and your favorite celebs take full advantage of desperate and emotional overweight people that are not educated in exercise science!

 Yes, exercise science is a real undergraduate degree program offered in many universities, also known as exercise physiology.  I have a B.S. degree in this discipline, so this is true if you’d never heard of it before.  These marketers are smart.  They know how to slant the rhetoric leading you to believe they actually care about you.  Remember, many of your celebs are banking on this pitch to make them more money as well!  Weight loss through exercise alone could not be further from the truth!

 What do the marketers know about sales, physiology and psychology that most of us do not think about?  They know how to target an audience and that the younger demographic will have a weight loss result that can be further promoted to increase future sales.  They know this is so because if a younger demographic with fast metabolisms actually works any type of exercise product program a good majority of these people will have some kind of result.  I know, you’re thinking I said, “Exercise for weight loss is a myth.”  You’ll soon have the full story, patience.

 Haven’t you noticed the before and after shots on the infomercials?  Most of these people appear to be between the ages of 18-35 years of age.  And as science has proven in many controlled studies, the human metabolisms before the age of 35 are pretty responsive to increased activity.  However, weight loss results within “any age” demographic seem to have more to do with the psychology of weight loss desire then does the use of any singular, or combination of exercise product(s). Desire to lose weight within any age range is mostly to do about motivating psychological desires:  The dating scene, interview for job, want youthful look back, vanity, health, you name it there are many reasons to motivate a person to lose weight through behavior and lifestyle activity changes. 

 In other words, if you have motivation and desire to lose weight, you may be more prone to reduce weight through a combination of lifestyle changes including the use of exercise equipment and/or products.  For example, nutritional diet changes, smoking, alcohol cessation, shift to healthier environmental-social influences-activities, exercise aerobic-anaerobic activity changes (type, frequency, duration, intensity).  The sum of the total changes typically has a greater calorie burn response leading to weight loss.

 On the flip side, science has proven exercise makes people hungrier.  And because of this compensation effect, what leaves the body must eventually be replaced to maintain body comfort equilibrium.  For most of us over 35, this is our will power weakness defeating our motivation to lose weight, or making weight loss goals more challenging as we age.  This is because the sacrifice of feeling hunger to achieve weight loss results becomes much more difficult on the psyches will power with age.

 For those that maintain great results for a life time after being overweight, or experienced a period(s) of obesity may have sacrificed some part of the overall health for the result.  What do I mean by this statement?  Whenever the body is stressed beyond an equilibrium comfort level to achieve long-term results; it’s not the maintenance of maintaining the weight loss results so much that stresses the body’s metabolism.  It’s the initial stress on mind-body that can create internal metabolic (bodies homeostatic system) harm while achieving quick weight loss results.  Yet there are others that never have had a weight problem and never exercised in their lives.  This may only be attributed to great genetics and/or simply living a moderate active lifestyle while minimizing risky behavior, or combinations of both.

 With continued stress the body may lose weight in an unhealthy manner that can and does lead to illness and disease.  I know all of you have heard of yo-yo dieting and the ill-effects of practicing such weight loss practices.  The goal here is not to discuss poor dieting practices, but instead attempt to help the consumer understand; exercise alone, regardless of exercise equipment, product or technique does not have a significant impact on your weight loss goals because of the “compensation effect” (calories burnt demand to be replaced).  Even if you are an aerobic junky, you must look at your entire lifestyle picture.  The picture of your lean weight loss results is more to do with your age, race, sex, genetics, lifestyle habits and behaviors. 

 This is not to state that exercise products don’t promote any positive health benefits.  In fact, we know that exercise lower risks for many types of diseases, especially within the cardiovascular system, prevention of diabetes and cancer.  Exercise is also excellent for body toning, strength, and muscular endurance, postural alignment which contributes to overall good health and pain alleviation.  Whatever your experience with exercise weight loss products the reason you accumulate these things, most likely you believe they will either work again, or when you’re ready to use them the weight loss results will be achieved. 

 The marketers understand there will be a small percentage of you that will try the program and turn the product back within the guarantee time.  However, this means nothing to them.  The discipline of sending back a product before the warranty expires is very small regardless of customer dissatisfaction.  After all, most of you have been conditioned to believe exercise is necessary to lose weight.  They also know you don’t blame your favorite celebrity because you admire them and they look fantastic.  The pitch people continue to mislead the exercise science weight loss rhetoric slanted in their favor sometimes using professionally paid sponsored credentials.  So your weight problem must be solely due to your inability to exercise exactly as your favorite celebrity or intended use as specified within the instructions.  Wrong!

 To add insult to injury, those selling the exercise products are banking on most of you never understanding the calorie compensation effect on weight control and will power.  This way you’ll continue to purchase the latest hype exercise products from your favorite celebrity in hopes that something may work for you down the road.  One thing is for sure, you will keep them fat and happy rolling in dough.  The cycle continues on.  Amazing!

 Does exercise to reduce body weight on its own work, or is this line of thinking a myth?  You decide after reading my next article. “Science Proves Exercise Alone May Promote Weight Gain.”

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.