Sick of Dieting? Sick from Dieting? Read This Now.
What's the worst thing you can do if you want to lose weight?
Go on a diet.
Are you surprised? Probably not. Are you relieved? I hope so.
For the first time in recorded history, overeating is a bigger global problem than starvation. In America -- home of the 1,500-calorie Slamburger -- two out of three adults are overweight or obese, thanks in large part to the spread of cleverly engineered foods and playful drinks that are screwing up everyone's metabolism.
But this isn't a column about global obesity. It's a column about you, and encouraging updated research about why diets and dieters fail, and even better, what it takes for you to succeed.
"Obesity is preventable," Len Kravitz, Ph.D., bravely declared in the January 2018 edition of Fitness Journal. "Healthy eating is a habit, not a diet."
Kravitz is a well-respected exercise science researcher based at the University of New Mexico -- a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame -- and I want to share some of his latest findings because first, they make so much sense, and second, they give you an approach to your own weight loss that is sustainable, satisfying and involves a lot less exercise than you think.
WHY DO DIETERS FAIL? I'm highlighting only three of his tastiest messages:
--Media messages confuse dieters. You're confused, doctors are confused, most all God's children are confused about what to eat and what not to eat. Who benefits from this confusion? The entire diet industry: their pills, books, plans and products. These don't help us lose weight, but we buy them anyway. Confusion does that to a person.
--Failure breeds fat. The more times you start a diet and fail, the more shame and dissatisfaction you feel about yourself and your body. This curse of low self-esteem leads to more overeating, and also depression, anxiety and irritability. It is any wonder you hate being around people suffering through a strict diet?