I was searching around NYTimes online and came across this article “Rethinking Diets, Weight Loss and Health”
I have been ‘dieting’ for the past eightish years on and off. I started out at 290lbs and have worked my way down to 175lbs. The thing is that throughout my time, I have had different increments and levels of weight loss, in pounds. 290-250, then 250-210, then 210-190 and now 190-175…ending around 158-160. I started out doing Atkins and aerobics class, but have lost the remainder (250-175) on WeightWatchers coupled with exercise. I have had plateaus of around 3 years at the tops and 10 months at the lowest…I have fluctuated around 10-15lbs in between but have NEVER gained what I’ve lost back. I am currently climbing my way out of the last one…bad week last week..awful actually..but I am back now 🙂
This article is of interest to me, because it highlights some of the popular diets out there and has found that after a 2 year study most people only lost between 6-10lbs…mainly men.
Some things to ponder:
1. Were they allowed to exercise?
2. How old were they?
3. What outside eating was happening?
I recognise and realise that dieting is very hard. INCREDIBLY HARD but ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Just like binging is possible, so is working out. Just like giving up is possible, so is sticking to it. The thing which frustrates me most is that people assume that dieting is just TOO hard for them. So either A) they give up B) blame weight gain on other things (hormones, family history, recent events, travelling, etc.) C) have surgery to make them stop eating.
HOW ABOUT DIET AND EXERCISE?
Well, that requires discipline, non fatty foods (most of the time) and an inability to indulge in the modern day pleasures of sitting around and eating…yes that is how many of us relax. Since we don’t actually have to expend any energy to accomplish most of the jobs in the modern world and there’s more food to eat then we know what to do with (for most of us) well let us indulge…because we had a stressful day, I haven’t had a cookie all week (it’s only Tuesday), I have already had a bad day..I’LL START TOMORROW. Yes, even I succumb to such things…yes even I struggle (red wine).
BUT…I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER go back to what I was. NEVER! That is what motivates me. I am motivated by the fact that I can run a race (see posting below), that I get compliments, that I feel good, sexy, attractive, IN CONTROL.
What frustrates me, is that we justify all the time:
“Gina says some people who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight may decide to say to themselves, “I can be attractive. I can buy clothes. I can be fit. I can be healthy. I can have a good life, and I may not be skinny, but so what.”
I agree with the above statement..but through caution all over it. “I may not be skinny, but so what” is sandwhiched in with “I can be fit. I can be healthy”. The danger in proclaiming this, although people can do, is that many people define ‘fit’ and ‘healthy’ outside of the justifiable expectations and definitions of this word in order to rationalise not cutting back, working out or being ‘thin’.
So, I end with this
1. Dieting is hard
2. It’s not impossible
3. It’s good ole fashioned balance…work out, eat healthy, indulge one in awhile, understand why you’re eating
4. Never give up to excuses which enable unhealthy behaviour and perceptions about self
5. You can’t out exercise a horrible diet (in most cases)
6. If I can do it..ANYONE CAN!