The All or Nothing
How many of you
have approached dieting as an ďall or nothingĒ proposition? You are either
ďonĒ or ďoffĒ your plan. When people reach the point of being
unable to stand the way the things are with their weight, their looks, or the
way they feel, it's time for a change, and the more drastic, the better, right?
This is the
appeal of diets that have a lot of rules or structure to follow such as: eating
only at certain times of the day, eating certain combinations of foods or
supplements, avoiding entire food groups, eating out of a box, eating certain
foods because of your body type, blood type or origin. All of these approaches
work in the short run because they severely limit your eating opportunities and
your food choices. Weight loss occurs, not because the diet is a real
breakthrough in science and the answer to obesity, but because the restrictive
rules simply limit food intake and calories to the point where anyone would lose
weight. You could make up such a diet yourself, and have as much success in the
short term. Such diets are ďall or nothingĒ propositions, and any deviation
into the real world of eating can cause the weight lost to be re-gained.
Wrong With That?
Many of these
weight loss diets sound so great to begin with - you donít have to think,
itís easy to do, and theyíve worked for so many others. But have they really
As a nutrition
professional, one of the biggest problems I have using these diet besides the
short term weight loss is that I have found that many people feel worse about
themselves after following such diets. When the weight returns (which happens
because the diet never addressed how to keep off their lost weight), they blame
themselves for that failure. Itís like making a promise and breaking it - and
then feeling guilty because the diet didnít work. After all, it was so easy,
how could anyone fail? It must be the dieterís fault, not the diet!
A Diet You Can
When you choose
to start a new weight loss plan, youíre making a commitment to yourself, and a
promise to follow it through. This is why I encourage people to ask themselves a
very important question about the
strategies - Is it a diet you can live with after
the weight loss occurs? If you canít see yourself eating the diet youíve
chosen to lose weight on indefinitely, then it is not a good plan for real
weight control and long term success. Look at some popular themes, and see if
you can fit these into your life, long-term.
Packaged Foods -
Many popular diets sell their own brand of frozen dinners, packaged foods,
formula drinks, or supplements for weight loss. In fact, their business depends
upon people buying these foods rather than learning how to choose the right
foods in real world situations. I have dealt with many people who had their
garage areas stocked with leftover packaged meals they had to buy every week
(whether they ate them or not), because of their agreement with the diet
company. Great for the company, a lousy deal for you. Packaged foods work
because they control the amount of food you eat at a meal. You can do the same
by buying frozen dinners at the grocery store, at a lower cost, and with the
same nutritional quality. After all, most of us have days when we donít have
the time or energy to make a meal, thatís part of life, you just need to know
how to select the right ones and make them even healthier and better tasting.
Eliminate Food Groups
This is the other major category of popular weight loss
diets. Blaming obesity on a certain food type - most recently, carbohydrates, is
an age-old approach. If it didnít work to cure obesity in the 1960ís, why
would it work now? Once again, is this kind of approach a way of eating that you
can live with once you lose weight? For health reasons, eliminating entire
categories of food can be harmful. Very low fat diets, extremely high fat or
high protein diets, or diet plans that require that you eat certain foods
together at certain times of the day are very restrictive - eventually a person
dines out, eats at someone elseís house, or gets tired of having the diet rule
their life choices.
If youíre making the effort
to lose weight, the more reasons you have to follow through and the more
meaningful those reasons are to you, the more likely it is that youíll be
successful. Remind yourself of what those reasons are and follow a plan that
doesnít just take you to your goal, but keeps you there.
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