The Diet Mentality

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I am a little confused about all I am reading about the ditching of the diet mentality and how restricting calories can lead to binging. Now I know from experience that feeling deprived can lead to binging after a week of dieting.

But, what I want to know is this – If I am overweight from eating up to 3,000 calories and more every day, how do I get healthy without reducing this by at least half?? I don’t think I can. So is that a diet or not a diet??

What is a diet? A diet is something in my view that has an end. The theory being that you get to your target weight and then you can relax. That in my view is why diets fail and most people put back on the weight. There can be no end time for the healthy eating. I have been asked why I am still on a diet? I am not, I am eating healthily and exercising and will continue to do that for the rest of my life. That is why I am doing things I know I can keep up in the long term, not just for a few weeks/months. So no fads or massive amounts of exercise.

I also think that when we think of a diet we think of deprivation. And of course if we feel deprived of something we don't feel good and we crave it all the more. So we need to re-think our feelings of deprivation as I think they have got a little skewed over the years. If I am eating a normal amount of healthy food, I am not being deprived food wise. But in all areas of our lives we have become accustomed to having anything we want and having it immediately so actually feeling hungry before eating has become a sense of deprivation to us. Deprivation is not waiting a little while to eat but having nothing to eat!

Usually the goal of a diet is also unrealistic, in that I read and hear so much about wanting to look like models in magazines. I can understand that issue with teenagers who need to be educated about the effects of air brushing, but most adults surely can see air brushing for what it is. Human bodies are not perfect. I strive to be healthier and have more energy to live life to the full not to look like something I know I never will.

I have no wish to look like a model but I do wish to be healthy. I have at this moment no wish to live to be 110 but I do want the years I do live to be healthy. I want to be active and independent for as long as I live and that is why I watch what I eat and limit what I know is not healthy or nutritious.

There is no magic wand to health. We are surrounded by a huge amount of temptations to eat constantly and to eat the wrong type of foods (and I don’t agree that there are no ‘bad’ foods, there are!). We have to find a way to live at peace with ourselves and resist the temptation to eat constantly.

Some scary statistics that apply to my country and most other major developed countries – 40% of cancers and 80% of type 2 diabetes are attributable to obesity. One in three of us are obese. One in three toddlers are overweight and their parents often don’t even realize it! Children eat more and move less.

For the first time in history the world has more over fed people than malnourished people!

I know this blog will not be taken well by all, but I think it is time we woke up and realised we are sleepwalking and eating ourselves to bad health and a crap quality of life not to mention a health crisis in countries which should be getting healthier not sicker.
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    I enjoyed this post a lot! I do not want to be on a diet, just a healthier way of life! emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Excellent blog!
    2955 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12459382
    Good points! Thanks for sharing them.
    I started writing a long reply but I think it's better to take that to my own blog and post it there some time, wouldn't want to flood your blog with all these thoughts and words!

    One thing I can say is that to me a 'diet mentality' means that we try to rule from the head what we eat instead of listening to the body. No body really asks for 3000 calories per day or for junkfood, I believe. So if the person listens to his/her body and eats only or mostly when hungry, I don't think they'd eat 3000 calories per day or be overweight.
    3001 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2013 4:04:50 PM
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Well said....we all want a quick fix for our obesity issues and there really are none. Sure you may lose weight by following some silly diet fad but it is impossible to keep up with it. Better to understand that the best way is to approach this issue is by making a commitment to change your lifestyle. These changes can be done slowly. Repeat and keep repeating until the change becomes a habit, then make another change. Some may see this as a hassle but then you have to ask yourself, are you worth it? I know I am and I think you are, too.
    Thank you for sharing some very private thoughts.
    3008 days ago
    I believe you are exactly correct! We need to quit dieting and begin to concentrate on eating healthy, nutritious food. For me, I'm using the mindset that the way I am eating now is how I'll be eating for the rest of my life. I'm working to eliminate as many processed foods as possible from my life, but it is NOT easy!! I'm a work in process.

    So I'm curious - are you still trying to lose weight? Because to me you look to be at a healthy weight?? My suggestion would be to either work on maintaining or if you want to lose more to do so slowly. Good health is the goal, right? emoticon
    3008 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1898454
    Great blog!! Well written & accurate!
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    3008 days ago
    Good blog post! I understand what you are saying all too well! emoticon

    Cindy in Indiana
    3008 days ago
    I have found eating low glycemic foods has changed my life and a few others as well that I know. Come check out our sparkteam...lots of good stuff there..
    3008 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    Believe it or not, upcoming events have been something that have kept me yoyoing all my life. I would lose weight and look good for the event and then the following day, breathe a sigh of relief and before I knew it I weeks would have past and I would be putting it all back on again!!
    3008 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12337968
    I, for one, like your blog! I don't like the stats, but they are reality. My pet peeve is that with all the diets available (HCG being the latest I one I hate) people think it's a quick fix--lose a few pounds for an upcoming event--and they never focus on the overall health. That's why I like Spark! It's the total package with a focus on getting healthy in all aspects of your life.
    3008 days ago
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