If you couldn’t figure out it was January from the department store clearance sales, certainly the weight loss ads and promises like the title of this post tipped you off.

You can’t go anywhere, listen, watch or read anything that doesn’t include something about weight loss. Plug those words (“weight loss miracle”) into Google and you’ll end up with more than 2 million hits, all for plans or items or supplements that you can buy to “lose that spare tire”. You can buy this nifty device pictured above “that’ll melt fat off” for just $199.

And while I’d really like to believe that there is a pill, powder or portion that will make me lose weight and change my metabolism – or better yet, have a “perfect” body – while I sleep, I’ve come to accept that the simple answer is this: nothing is going to change me, except me. And the way to change is to live as healthful a life as possible, and not worry about starving for weight loss.

Marsha Hudnall, Program Director for Green Mountain at Fox Run, made the following comments in an article published in The Observer (London) –

” ‘For a typical person in the Western world it is easy to get caught up in eating too much, and for some people cutting back a bit is a good thing to do,’ says Marsha Hudnall, nutrition director of the Green Mountain at Fox Run in Vermont, a woman’s retreat for healthy living without dieting. ‘But if you starve people, then you set them up for overeating afterwards.

‘Researchers carried out a study of 36 young active conscientious objectors in World War Two, cutting their food intake in half for six months. The men became obsessive about food, listless and lost interest in life. When the study stopped, they started overeating. The effects were felt for many years after the study, so this small amount of extreme restriction set them up for a lifelong struggle with their weight.’

At Green Mountain they suggest an intake of at least a quarter to a third protein and the same for carbohydrates, encouraging starchy grains and vegetables and some healthier fats. ‘Fad diets lead people to think there is some magic to being healthy when it’s really sort of hard work,‘ says Hudnall. ‘A calorie is a calorie, however you dress it up scientifically.’ Hudnall encourages women to eat when hungry and then stop, and to avoid eating chaotically.”

You can read the full article here, “A Great Body in 28 Days? Fat Chance”

As for me, I’m going to rededicate myself to eating three meals a day, starting with breakfast…I’ve let myself slip into skipping a meal here and there, and it does take a toll. I hope you’ll pledge to treat yourself well this year too.

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