In the posts “5 Questions You Should Answer Before Going on Any Diet.” and “What keeps a Person Fat? Find out the Real Reason behind your Flab?” we discussed how frustrating and confusing weight loss and diets are. I always feel this topic needs a lot of discussion because I interact with many young girls who are repeatedly doing the same mistakes. They brutally starve their body and pop pills to cure number of complications they create because of their so call diet.
“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” — Mae West
I actually hate the word diet; the first letters scream out ‘DIE’ and that is sign enough for me to stay away from this evil confusion. I don’t want to say that we should eat unhealthy junk. All I want to say is get professional help. Talk to some expert about your medical conditions. Get yourself thoroughly checked and eat sensibly. Finding fitness is making one’s lifestyle healthy and has nothing to do with starving to death.
“And anyway, the first three letters in the word diet should tell you what I want it to do.” — Becca Fitzpatrick
I never trust meal replacements. If you can’t eat the replacement for rest of your life then why start it and put your body through a frustrating phase. Eat balanced meals so that you get all the required nourishment from food and not any pills. Sleep well as sleep deprivation is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain.
I am guilty of putting my body through disappointing diets and starvation in the past. I did that because back then I did not know better and I acted on advice from anyone and everyone. I ate next to nothing and worked out like I was going to take part in the Olympics. I checked my weight every day and was getting very upset as I was not getting desired results. I was maintaining a spreadsheet with my weight, measurements and targets I want to achieve in specific time limit. Irregular eating patterns and extreme changes in diet just confused my body to store more and more fat.
“Every weight loss program, no matter how positively it’s packaged, whispers to you that you’re not right. You’re not good enough. You’re unacceptable and you need to be fixed.” — Kim Brittingham
I would not see results because my body was not in sync with me and my strategies. Our bodies do not understand spreadsheets and celebrity diets as its instincts are still pretty primitive. Our body still holds down to the centuries old survival instinct. This survival instinct is a gift to us from evolution and as it names suggests it does help us survive when disaster strikes.
When we make meal plans to reduce our calorie intake, the survival instinct kicks in and our body feels it is going in starvation mode. For the body this is a serious scenario and it starts preparing for the famine. That is exactly what we start doing when we suddenly jump into extreme diets. We give signal to our body that there is a famine coming. The body starts storing everything we eat to survive the artificial famine that we created.
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” — Julia Child
I believe I have turned you against starving in the name of dieting and that’s just have of the story. In my next post I will mention a list of foods that are super healthy, nutritious and filling. That means you can enjoy them guilt free. I want to write as many articles as possible on weight loss and fitness in the next month. I am dedicating December to fitness so that we can get rid of unhealthy eating patterns and habits and turn a new corner in 2014, a path that will take us to healthy and happy living.