After reading Meowser’s comment on last week’s JigglyTroll post, I decided to take a look into the affect of high altitude living on weight loss. While I was in Ecuador, I lost maybe 20lbs for no apparent reason. I ate tons of carbs, sugars, chips, cookies, etc. All the stuff the Medical world tells me is bad for me. Yes, I walked more. And I ate my biggest meal in the middle of the day. But I don’t think either of those things could’ve really affected my weight that much.
So what conclusion did I draw? High altitude affects weight loss. In my research, I discovered that no one has really determined how yet. I found only a couple of articles about it. First, there was this one in the American College of Sports Medicine. Basically, it says that altitude can encourage weight loss, even if you’re only sleeping in an artificial high altitude:
…For at least some overweight or obese individuals, sleeping in simulated altitude tents may act to jump-start a weight-loss program.
Hmmm….interesting, right? Well, the best part is that now these altitude tents have become the future of the weight loss market. Jump to this article called “Selling weight loss without effort” (which has since been taken down for public reading without registration), and we can observe the madness.
But Kutt spent most of his 20 minutes in front of the venture capitalists explaining CAT’s place in the multibillion-dollar weight-loss market–explaining that you can lose up to two pounds a week by spending eight hours a day at a simulated altitude of 12,000 feet, even if you’re just sleeping.
“There’s over 50 studies that document this,” he said. “All people really need to do is sleep at altitude, and their body goes into altitude climatization mode, and that will trigger the weight loss.” He then rattled off some compelling facts: 51 million Americans are clinically obese, and there are no accepted therapies for weight loss–only drugs approved by the FDA.
Oh yes, let us look at those compelling facts. Dear dear, how scary!
I’m not sure I would literally buy into this theory. I mean, yes, I lost weight while in a high altitude (Quito is at 10,000 ft). But considering I could only find a few pages that actually spoke about it in all the internets, I’m not sure if it’s completely valid.
But oh joy, we have another weight loss program to be disgusted by! I can’t wait until the “$18,000 ‘Colorado Mountain Room'” becomes all the fashion. We’ll all be walking around like madmen/women trying to spend as much time as possible in our fake high altitude. Oh please! it’s no fun without the culture, let me tell you. And they fail to mention anything at all about altitude sickness. Think you won’t experience any of that just because it’s fake? I doubt it.
I’m genuinely interested in how this all turns out, now.