It's time to stop being the "typical" dieter. We are better than that.
The typical dieter has gotten to the place that something has to be done (and fast). There is a high school reunion or a wedding or something similar coming up. It could be that nothing fits. Maybe we couldn't fit in a chair. Maybe it's just the embarrassment, the limitations, the degradation from others and ourselves. Health could be in there somewhere.
The dieter starts out full steam ahead, this time it's for sure, nothing is going to get in our way. We may have a book or a diet plan we have decided to try. We may have talked to someone who has lost some weight, we asked them how they did it and yup, yup - that's what we're going to do.
We may even decide to exercise our brains out. We buy new shoes.
The first week shows a great loss. We already know what most of that loss is. We are experts at this after all. The next week shows a loss but much less and we try to hide our disappointment. We wanted to lose 6 pounds every week! Not fair. Not only that, we are so sore we have to use the sink to help us sit down on the toilet.
Somehow the enthusiasm begins to wane a bit. Will this diet work? We need a little something in the middle of the afternoon because we are tired. We are sick of diet food. We are just sick and tired. It's time to start thinking about how to circumvent the "rules". Can't we substitute a donut for a fruit? I think so.
Once this happens it's only a matter of time. The typical dieter loses then gains it all back plus some.
And as a yo-yo dieter it gets even worse. Each time weight is lost in an unwise manner, water, fat, and muscle are lost. When the weight is regained, it is all fat. Repeating this cycle very often means the basal metabolic rate is lower because of the muscle loss. This makes it increasingly difficult to lose weight. I think I am pretty close saying that each pound of muscle on the body needs 35 calories a day just to maintain itself. Each pound of fat requires about 5 calories a day. Build muscle everyone. Don't crash diet it away.
Diet is a four letter word that begins with Die. Don't be a typical dieter. Change your behaviors and I guarantee you will get much farther. Drink the water, exercise 3 - 5 times a week, and stop eating empty calories - go for the nutrition. Norma has an article about "overfed but undernourished" that speaks to this. The calories you consume should provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need for health and well-being. The calories from soda pop, potato chips, etc. are empty - calories but no nutrition. Another big mistake I see people make (me included) is that if I slip up in one area (usually eating) then I don't exercise either or be careful to drink the water. Just because the eating wasn't what it should have been doesn't mean we can't exercise or get in the water. This is fundamental in my opinion. It's our all or nothing attitude. It's the perfectionist inside. If I can't be perfectly good, I will be perfectly awful.
Let's not be typical anymore - K?