Why I Stopped Dieting

Why I Stopped Dieting

I come from a family with a propensity for obesity. It is my curse, a curse I share with my mother, sister, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and even my children. We do not use this tendency as an excuse for being overweight, although we certainly view it with great disdain!

My mother has been overweight most of her life. As a child, I would listen in on her conversations about dieting and weight loss with my favorite aunt, as we drove around town, my younger sister and I fidgeting in the back seat. Their discussions usually revolved around what diet they were on, and which one they heard worked better. Amazingly, these frequent mini-road trips usually involved several stops at local fast-food restaurants, and a coveted donut shop for fried brownies. Yes, we ate deep-fried brownies. I have never seen them again, as the inventor most likely ate so many that he died of heart disease. After all, they were to die for!

As we grew into our teen years, sis and I became overweight as well. So, as we bulged out of our trendy wardrobes, mom got us on the diet bandwagon, and thought of us as not only her new partners in diet delirium, but her students as well. She would tell us how easy it would be. She would prepare all the healthy food for us, based on the latest fad diet she was on, and all we had to do was eat. The mini road trips continued as usual. We did not lose weight. Neither did she.

As it turns out, I grew up, and became a young wife and mother with a good hundred pounds of extra weight dragging me down. Fortunately, I did not look like I weighed as much as I did, and I hid it under stylish dresses, and jackets. I continued the family tradition of yo-yo dieting, and trying every unhealthy weight loss scam that came along. There was Atkins, The Blood-Type Diet, Over-eaters anonymous and the list goes on. Every pound I lost inevitably came back, along with a few friends to keep me company.

As my children grew, so did I. As I entered my forties, I sensed a slowing-down, a loss of energy and a number of aching joints as well. I was no longer able to do the things I enjoyed as a younger fat person: bike-riding, ice skating and hiking during camping trips. My weight was finally in control of my life. Two of my children now suffered from weight problems of their own. We had mini road trips.

My epiphany came when the arthritis in my hip became so painful that I had to use a cane. In my forties. My father had passed away from cancer, and while he was sick, I did a mountain of research on slowing cancer with nutrition (which works in many cases) and began to see the correlation between good nutrition, a healthy body and weight loss.

I am not at my conclusion yet. I am still overweight, but I have learned that diets do not work. Eating what our species was intended to eat is what works. This lifetime eating plan includes:

* Plenty of salad and vegetables.
* A moderate amount of fruit.
* Low-fat, or fat-free dairy, such as milk, yogurt and cottage cheese.
* Very lean proteins, such as chicken, fish and beef.
* Beans and legumes.
* Small amounts of nuts and seeds.
* Healthy fats, including avocado and olive oil.

This new way of eating has improved the lives of myself, and my family, in many ways. We are losing weight, feeling energetic and overcoming several health issues, such as acid reflux, acne, hypertension and high blood-sugar. The bottom line is this: if you are interested in becoming healthier, losing weight and living longer, give dieting the boot, and simply change your diet. It will change your life forever!

Wrong Weight Loss

Wrong Weight Loss

The single, most important thing about weight loss is the method. It all starts there. Results can be achieved with a number of different methods, and there is always more than one way to get from A to B, but the method you use to get there often contributes to whether or not you arrive.

Equally, there are some method to lose weight that are shortsighted, unlikely to work, or just plain dangerous.

The most popular, almost “tried and tested” method of weight loss is dieting. The problem with dieting is that it doesn’t really work, and where people do manage to succeed with it, they often end up putting the weight back on, plus more, further down the road.

For me, dieting is just counter-intuitive. The key to losing weight is burning calories, not starving yourself of them. To burn calories, you need to have a fully functioning metabolism. If you can burn more calories in a day than you can eat, then you will start to lose weight.

This is where the miconception about dieting comes in. People think “Instead of burning more calories, I will just take fewer in”.

Actually, this doesn’t make sense. When you take fewer calories on board, your body doesn’t have enough fuel to work properly, so it reduces the metabolism to compensate. You are taking less on, but you are also burning less.

There might end up being some weight loss at some point, but as soon as you start eating again, you put the weight back on rapidly.

Moreover, when your body does burn fat to turn it into fuel, it actually uses up protein first. If you are not eating enough to replace those proteins, all that will happen is you lose muscle mass, which does reduce your weight, but the fat will still be there underneath.

Eventually, you might be on of the lucky ones to hit their “target weight” using this method. Hooray! You can eat again! Now you are piling fat back on top of fat. This is not going to have a good outcome.

What is my solution?

It just makes sense to give your body the fuel it needs. I am not saying to go out and eat as much as you want, I am saying eat smart. There are healthy, nutritious foods out there that will give you everything you need, but for only 100-200 calories.

This is going to help keep your body working efficiently, burning calories and fat, but keep your muscle mass, only take on a few hundred calories, and not have to starve yourself in the process.

People who use this method not only find it easy to keep going, they tend to wind up healthier, and as a result they keep the weight off.

I’m not one to believe “My method is the best and everything else is terrible,” but I do think it appears more like common sense than dieting. It makes sense to me that if you give your body what it NEEDS, it will function correctly, and will reach its ideal weight naturally.

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