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There is a war on obesity. But rather than wage it, I fight for the good stuff instead.

Russ Lane | Chef. Writer. Maintenance Advocate. Relentlessly Pleasant.

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LIFE AFTER WEIGHT LOSS: AN EXERCISE IN LIVELY, BARE-KNUCKLED OPTIMISM

After a 200-pound weight loss twelve years ago while falling into full-time food writing, former music critic Russ Lane was caught between conflicting views of food, body image, and weight, and discovered the answers — who’d have guessed it — in cooking. Blending diet food ethos, fine dining panache and a re-interpreted sense Southern hospitality, he created a cooking style as quirky as it is deep.

But all that's typical "weight loss success story" talk. 

What doesn't get mentioned: for all the clamor around weight loss — whether you should or shouldn’t, and how — only 6 percent of people who lose weight keep it off within three years. And yet the diet industry was last estimated at $64 billion in the U.S. alone. "Keeping weight off" doesn't just happen.

Both on and off the plate, WKIO’s words, media, teaching and cooking delved into what life, post-weight actually means, what we can do about it, and what it could and should be.

Russ works to build a life in which “weight loss success” is the least of any of our achievements, and in doing so beating the odds, long term, on your terms.

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LIFE, POST FAT PANTS

The biggest blind spot in weight loss is what "keeping it off" actually means. We shed a light. 

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GIVING LIFE TO HEALTHY LIVING 

Have it all by bringing creativity to austere science.

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ADVENTUREON THE ROAD

Russ's media appearances in print, video and screen

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