Picking up the thread from Gina’s post yesterday: January is that time of year where Americans – and probably those in other countries, too – become even more weight-obsessed than usual. It even carries the title of National Diet Month in the U.S. (and as I found out when searching this topic, National Prune the Fat Month!). Woe be to us who try to give up on the false promises of the myriad ‘revolutionary’ weight loss schemes that come our way each year.
For an in-depth review of why we should consider giving up on weight loss diets, check out the article titled “Stop Dieting!” in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report. One of the best reviews of the subject I’ve seen in a while. Finally, this subject is getting some of the national attention it deserves! At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we’ve been helping women do this for over 33 years, and have often been the lone voice in the wilderness.
What to do instead of dieting? It’s called eating well and fitness. How does that differ from dieting? It’s not done to lose weight per se. Although that’s often what occurs in people who start eating well and being active because their bodies are fatter than they’re really meant to be due to their poor lifestyle habits. When we just start to take care of ourselves by doing what makes us feel good, our bodies respond by moving to a healthier place – translated fitter, less body fat.
A word to the wise about that healthy place. It may not be our ideal – those lithe bodies that grace the pages of magazines, for example. Not all of us are built that way, and as we age, well, even if we are built that way, we’re not always going to look like we’re 25. So a quick course in body acceptance might be warranted.
My wishes for you in 2006: Forget the quest for the magic weight loss diet, and start to take good care of yourself!