No Point in Dieting?

- POSTED ON: Aug 16, 2011

Have you ever heard a statement like this? 

"There's no point in dieting
....(counting calories or carbs, or controling portions or snacks etc.)...
because you can't do it for life,
and you will just gain all the weight back
as soon as you stop the diet."

 But isn't it strange how you don't hear this?

"There no point in getting out of debt
because it's very, very hard to do,
and once you go off your budget and start spending like crazy,
you'll just end up in debt again."

I really don't see much difference.

Both are choices about how you want to live your life. 
Choices about Lifestyle.
About your personal goals,
and how much effort you are willing to put into achieving them.

Each personal behavior choice shapes our life,
and ultimately, most of those behavior choices are within our control.

  Some behaviors are harder to control than others,
and all of us don't have to fight exactly the same battles,
but the unpopular Truth is that, for many of us, 
achieving and maintaining a normal body size
takes a great deal of effort....forever.

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On Aug 16, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
How about, " Why wash your car, it will get dirty again?" Is my weight value as important as other areas of my life that require on going detailed attention? For today it is. Tomorrow, I hope to have enough habits in place to stop a downward spiraling gain. Ultimately, I will have to choose to be fat again. Not stroll into it.

On Aug 16, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             That's another good one, Karen.

On Aug 17, 2011 jhwalk57 wrote:
I was speaking with a 70 year old male who gained considerable weight after smoking cessation. He has often complained about gaining weight and how it makes him feel. He does water aerobics, but this has not helped him lose weight because he continues with a high caloric diet. When he watches how I cut back on portions and how I order at restaurants he says, "I could never live like that." He knows I have lost weight from 221 - 145 and he has admired the difference it has made in me and my health. I write all this to say -- it really is a choice. He is choosing to complain about his weight on the one hand and choosing to not take the necessary steps to lose the weight. Everyone of us know that we have the propensity to gain back the weight. People who gain back their weight choose to do so. It isn't something that "just happens". I do my best to review the positives that weight loss has made in my health, activity level and appearance during times of temptation and weakness. Maintenance is an everyday battle best fought with good habits of eating and exercise. I win the battle (most days), but the war will not be over until that time when all life's wars have ceased. But for today -- I choose to FIGHT!

On Aug 17, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks jhwalk. You clearly understand that for those of us who are not "naturally thin" people, getting to and maintaining "normal" weight isn't something that comes to us simply because we want it. It has to be earned day after day by our specific behaviors.

On Aug 22, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
There might not be a point in crash dieting, but there is definitely a point to paying attention to our true hunger and enjoying satisfying foods to quell it. There is definitely a plausible way to be able to sustain reasonable eating and movement habits for life. To be thin may take even more than that, but the majority of overweight individuals could go a long way on more moderate habits and feel better in the short and long run. It's possible not everyone can sustain the effort to be really thin, but everyone can live happily enough with moderation.

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