The Irvingia Weight Loss Challenge - Reports From the Field
Posted Dec 06 2008 4:15am
Wilbur Olin Atwater
I build things for a living. And when you build things, you need ideas so you know what to build, and how to go about building it.
I remember a long time ago, a boss of mine and myself were trying to come up with a solution to a particular problem and my boss had an idea and explained it to me.
It sounded good, and I said: “Sounds good - now what might possibly be wrong with this idea?”
He looked at me and laughed: “Why would I want to find anything wrong with my idea? It’s mine.”
I bring this up because I’ve always been suspect of ideas - any ideas - without them being tested.
In my early career I’ve had the opportunity to see my untested ideas come to life more time than I care to remember - and be a disaster.
When you build things, ideas are the fuel. You need a lot of them. They are a commodity - and they need to be tested - empirically, and carefully.
You also can’t assume ANY idea, from any source, no matter what the authority, is a given.
I’ve questioned many an assumption that was the bedrock of some idea, only to see that idea was a paper tiger.
One example is the ‘A calorie is a calorie is a calorie myth’ - much of the medical profession believes in this, but in my personal estimation, they are wrong.
When I researched this topic, I found so much guesswork in measuring calories in food and calories burned, as well as the fact that your absorbtion of calories must vary due to a number of factors, that I concluded personally counting calories was probably pointless.
Most people wouldn’t have got so far as to learn of Wilbur Olin Atwater when going on a diet - but I do.
This can make me very irritating - people usually don’t like their assumptions questioned.
So when I read of Irvingia, I was intrigued - and tried to figure out a way that I could somehow, to the best of my ability, ascertain if this stuff really worked - without taking as gospel every word of the Life Extension article.
Believe nothing you read and half of what you see. I heard that once, and that is my gospel.
So I did my best attempt at research, and based on what I read, and the credibility that Life Extension has in my estimation, I thought I would give it a try. Honestly, if this supplement was introduced by any other organization, I wouldn’t have tried it.
So here I am trying this stuff - and so are at least a half-dozen of you folks out there. A lot of you have offered to post your experiences with the stuff, and I am honored.
Think of it this way: the research has been done in the lab and in medical settings. What we are doing here, together, is the first ‘real-world’ test of Irvingia.
Irvingia ‘looks good on paper’ as they might say, but Irvinga as a means to a signifigant weight loss can only occur one person at a time, living in the real world.
We are putting it to the test.
A bunch of folks have already sent their experiences, and they are scattered across a number of posts, making them hard to find.
To try and make it easy to find these posts, I’ve set up a page - Irvingia Field Reports. Please post any experiences about Irvinga there.
To anyone who is as adventuous as I am and had decided for themselves to try this stuff and post their experiences - welcome onboard.