Diets don’t work.
I didn’t charge you a dime for that hugely valuable piece of information. You’re welcome.
I know I have bitched about this topic in a handful of other posts but, as Sweet Brown would say,
What got me all riled up on this topic yet again is this great blog post I read on Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty, titled, Diets don’t work but they do make us suffer. This is a short post, but one filled with great links to more substantive writing on this topic.
The piece that I found most interesting was the reference to the CBC radio interview with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of The Diet Fix.
The interview is approximately 20 minutes in length, and packed with valuable information. If you have the time and the interest, I encourage you to listen here:
The most fascinating thing for me was the idea of determining your “best weight” as an alternative to the one-size-fits-all BMI measures. Best weight, as described by Freedhoff, is “whatever weight a person reaches when they’re living the healthiest life they truly enjoy.”
This is very, very interesting to me because I first explored the topic of Fat-can-mean-Fit and Thin-doesn’t-always-mean-Healthy in this post, and then dug a little deeper in this one. It made me reconsider preconceived notions about body shape equating to overall health.
GAH! This is a lot of linking! And I know people general don’t bother to click on the links…so…
Instead let me just remind you that promises of miracle weight loss have been around for a very long time.
How about this one?
You too can lose weight without starving yourself.
Or how about you just put on a piece of clothing to do the job for you?
There’s this one:
Or the ever fashionable Sauna Suit:
Feel free to try any one of these winning options.
– Or –
Click thru to some of the links above and get the facts on why diets and ‘quick fix’s never work.
– Or –
If you’re still too lazy to click on the links [Oooooh, judgmental much, Nanc? Why yes, evidently I am.], then just review my handy-dandy list, The 5 Steps to Proven Weight Loss, a step-by-step guide from your sweaty BFF, Nancy.
5 Steps to Proven Weight Loss
- Don’t eat crap.
- Do watch your portion sizes. You’re not eating for two. Or three.
- Do move. Exercise is your friend.
- Do get 7-8 hours of quality sleep on most nights.
- Don’t stress over everything. AKA Don’t sweat the small stuff. [But DO sweat. Sweat is your friend. AKA see #3.]