Someone recently asked me about my approach to dieting, or losing unwanted weight. So for those of you who want to know, here it is...
Yes, I do absolutely nothing! This is not because I don't have any unwanted weight, nor because I am in peak physical shape...but simply because "dieting" does NOT work! Some of you may disagree, and that is fine, but this is my blog after all, so it is my opinion that forms the bulk of this post. Ha!
Of course the word "dieting" can mean different things to different people, so first I'll address the extreme interpretation: crash dieting. Crash dieting or adhering to faddish diets does not work, because they are based on the strict limitation of foods or food groups eaten. Crash dieting will/may:
- Initially seem to work (mainly due to loss of water), but most often than not, the dieter gains back the weight they lost...and then some!
- Lower your immunity. Crash or yo-yo dieters are always ill!
- Dieters feel emotionally worse, compared with their non-dieting friends.
- Increase your risks of muscle loss, mental instability, blood pressure issues, cardiac stress, osteoporosis and organ damage.
- Cause you to become malnourished.
- I buy/prepare foods that are organic, homemade and nutritionally beneficial for our bodies.
- I don't count carbs, calories or anything else.
- I don't eat junk! - though I will confess to the occasional McDonalds *hangs head in shame*
- Post-partum weight loss is a total non-issue for me. It took nine months to go on, so I am quite happy for a year go by, in order for the baby weight to disappear naturally.
- I try to educate myself on what is actually beneficial for our health, rather than modern, trendy advice given by "nutritionists" and based upon bad science (i.e animal products/fats are bad - margarine is good).
- I don't ever weigh myself. I think this is counter-productive and can lead to someone to become fixated on their weight.
- We do not buy any baked goods. I bake all the bread, tortillas, pittas, cakes and cookies we eat. This means that the cakes and cookies we eat, are usually vastly healthier (not to mention tastier!) than those made to last months, on the shelves of the supermarket.
- I don't eat gigantic portions, neither are they stingy.
- We do not generally eat after our evening meal; times when I have, I've noticed that I often wake up hungry in the middle or the night. Weird, but true.
I'm not advocating that anyone follow my dietary advice, but this is simply what I do and what I'm happy with that at present. I'm happy with my body shape and size and so is my husband. There is more to life than worrying and feeling guilty because I ate an extra slice of cake!