Here is an interesting article from the Huffington Post written by a woman in her late 60s who decided to do something about her increasing weight.
I got to just the right degree of sick-and-tired and worked up the motivation to get my whole self into a fairly rigid, diehard eating regimen of healthy but very limited foods and stay with it for several weeks.
This would not be for everyone, but for me, I knew I had to see palpable results quickly and in a pretty dramatic fashion to stay at it.
So this was pretty simple, boring, limited food and not a lot of it. Very little fat and starch and zero dairy or booze.
It worked. I lost 20 pounds.
On face value this sounds like an amazing success story. But is it? This woman has essentially starved herself for several weeks (she doesn’t say how many exactly) to lose 20 pounds (1.5 stone). But we are catching her at the moment she has achieved her success.
It all looks impressive, but now what?
Is she going to continue to starve herself? Can she maintain this eating pattern forever? I would guess not.
So if she doesn’t stick with this pattern, what will she do? Most probably return to old habits. Or some variation of old habits. What will happen then? She will gain back weight.
I don’t begrudge this woman for sharing her story. But this sort of story warps people’s perceptions, because it represents a misleading snapshot of what success in weight management is.
Let me emphasise this one point:
This woman has steamrolled her way to losing weight quickly. But it’s hard to see, based on what she has told us, how she can maintain this for very long.
So what should she have done? She should have abandoned her “quick fix” mentality.
She stated that she needed to see “palpable results quickly and in a pretty dramatic fashion”. This is understandable (we all want things quickly) but completely the wrong way to go about managing your weight. Imagine if she had the same attitude with an infant grandchild who was learning to walk?
“You’d better be up and walking in the next 24 hours. I have to see palpable results quickly and in a pretty dramatic fashion or I will be very upset with you!”
Learning to manage your weight is like learning anything. It takes time. A quick fix mentality will not work.
If she had replaced starvation with making small changes to her eating that she knew she could maintain for the rest of her life, she would have set herself up for a long term solution to her weight.
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