The media and our response to it is largely to blame for yo-yo dieting mentality. Last week the press was all over the place with a scientific report that it makes no difference if you have breakfast or not.
Besides. that's silly. The first meal for the day is breakfast, regardless of when it's eaten. The first meal after MD is not better or worse than the first meal at 6 am if your bedtimes are six hours different.
Anyhow, getting to my point: The news tonight promoted that eating breakfast was the secret of weight loss. Then, the full report was preaching the CSIRO high protein diet. It seems the CSIRO come up with a new variation every year. I'm not knocking them, but one week apart and two scientific studies disagree on the importance of your choice of food for your first meal.
Then, half an hour later, same channel, two experts to tell you how to achieve those weight loss goals.
The first expert said, "Eat food that comes out of the ground or that grew on a tree."
Sigh, but, the CSIRO just told me to eat what comes out of a chooks bum for breakfast!
The fitness lady told me that I shouldn't blow my New Year's Resolution by attempting to go to the gym every day, or run every day, or walk distances every day. Just as I was wiping my brow in relief, as I didn't plan to do any of those, I was told that none of those things would achieve my goal, (I was still with her up to this stage) until she said' "You have to do ALL these things to achieve results."
Ageism again, the trainer totally assumes that everyone on the planet is around her age and fitness level. I guess there are other broad assumptions there too that we aren't the one in ten who have a disability, and we are affluent enough to be able to afford to go to a gym.
Oh, I've done my gym today, a hose moved around, strawberries and blueberries and tomatoes picked, a couple of weeds pulled, and two half-hearted attempts to pretend to tidy the house. Does avoiding housework count as my running exercise? ?
At least Michelle Bridges of the 12 Works Body Transformation fame, only asked for a super effort on Saturday and I did do super Saturdays up until a few years ago, before pottering around the house became a super effort.
Well, that egg for breakfast is a good way to reduce snack cravings because the protein and fats satisfy for longer than highly refined carbs. So a reminder to included more protein with my breakfast was the useful part that I sieved out of all that contradicting information.
No wonder people can be both obsessed and confused about weight loss and many cannot stick to a healthy eating plan, as these, often self-proclaimed 'experts' don't agree.
Because life is about living, not dieting, enjoy...
We have to completely lose the “diet for loss” mentality and think of a lifestyle that promotes a healthy way to live. And when we find the one that works for us, and everyone is different but overall it comes down to movement plus a balanced food plan in correct portions, then we must stick with it for life not just 1-12 weeks."
Strive to avoid any crackpot weight loss advice.
No one should advocate loosing more than a kilo a week. In many instances that is too fast to lose weight.
We should never encourage people to become anorexic by focusing on extreme or fast weight loss. What is required is nutrition and human needs based information along with the support that encourages long-term healthy living.
Cheers for a Happy New Year of fulfilling our goals to lovingly care for each other.
Deprivation dieting is self-abuse, just as overeating is.
You cannot cure yourself of self-abuse with more self-abuse.
If you have broken a New Year Resolution to diet, I applaud your good sense.
Now arm yourself with good nutrition knowledge that will suit your bodies needs and activity level. If you are young and fit then Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation may have a program to suit you. The support from joining a group is excellent, and you won't get crackpot advice from the sources I've mentioned. Just adapt the programs to your fitness levers as they tend to think we are all young to mid-life without disabilities. The 12WBT is too extreme for me at seventy-one, although I could do the intermediate level at age sixty-four. I use my already sound knowledge of nutrition to plan my daily menu and I select from food that I love.
Food is to be enjoyed.
The CSIRO Healthy Heart Program book has a formula in it that helped me work out my daily calorie needs based on age and activity factors. If you don't know your calorie requirements, and you aren't managing your weight, then that is probably a good place to begin. Don't consult just anyone who hangs up a shingle saying "Nutritionist." Realise than anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Be wary of unsound dieting or dietary advice.
Highly Recommended, nutrition and portion control focused books that will satisfy every good food lover's tastebuds and not leave you feeling hungry or deprived. I have most of these on my bookshelf and use them.