Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Results Not Typical

Diets (prescribed weight loss programs/fads) don't work. If they did, there wouldn't be an obesity epidemic in this country nor would the weight loss industry keep pulling in billions of dollars. Diets by nature are band-aids, they aren't cures for obesity, they don't aim to find the root of the problem, they don't stress the importance of physical activity and most aren't practical for the long term. This is why you can lose "a ton of weight" (man, I hate that phrase) on a diet but how many people can say that they've been able to keep it off? I sure as hell can't.

I've lost countless pounds on just about every weight loss program that has come down the pike. I've seen behavioral therapists, jotted down every scrap of food that I put in my gob, counted calories, fat grams, fasted with medical shakes, did food combining, ate pineapples and grapefruit until I had canker sores the size of raisinettes. I risked my life with Fen-phen in 1998 and got down to my smallest size since the liquid diet 10 years before, 170 pounds. Then they took it off the market and I slowly but surely gained it all back. And then some.

Fast forward to 2004 and my highest weight ever of 310 pounds when I decided to count carbs with Dr. Atkins. What a great idea, I ate steak wrapped in bacon slathered in butter and took off 80 pounds. Atkins taught me nothing about fostering healthy eating and exercise habits and once I slipped back into my carb loving ways I gained 47 pounds back. Results not typical, indeed.

With a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and a huge pannus under my belt, I decided that I was going to make some changes. The first change was that I was never going on a diet again. Other works in progress...
  • Find the root cause of my overeating and self-defeating behaviors and work on finding healthy ways to deal.
  • Ditch the diet mentality. A healthy way of life isn't something that can be blown or something to go on or off. It's just that, a way for life. A healthy life.
  • Mastering one change at a time will have lasting benefits.
  • Make thoughtful and sensible choices concerning food and physical activity.
  • Be accountable for my actions. If I do something counter intuitive, like acting on negative feelings (I'm mad/sad/stressed/tired and therefore deserve this *insert any unhealthy behavior here*) realize I'm choosing it and lay the blame at no one's doorstep but my own.
  • Accept that while it will never be a size 6, my body needs physical activity, not just healthy food, to be the best it can be.
  • Questing for healthy habits is going to be a life long journey but the destination is right now.
I suppose that last one is my way of saying one day at a time.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I LOVE these goals. may I post them on my health blog while crediting this to you with a link to your blog?