Okay. So, at the beginning of the year, a local TV news program has aired in its features section a new diet for the year. It’s a low fat diet plan with the aim of continuing people’s quest to conquer weight loss once and for all. My bet? It won’t work.
It’s almost impossible to read anything these days without finding another diet staring you in the face. At the supermarket checkout, there are inevitable ladies’ magazines, each with a brand-new diet, guaranteed to make you slim forever.
The racks are filled with new (and expensive) magazines and books with bright covers pushing new diets, and they too guarantee that your body shape become that of become Olive’s—Popeye’s girlfriend—or somewhat.
There must be 10 new, supposedly foolproof diets promoted every day. Usually, books make claims in bold font face that you can eat all you want of the food you like. After all, who wants to read about a new diet that expects you to give up good food when that’s what you are probably doing already?
Well, you can take heart because the diets that tell you to give up the food you like don’t work. It should be obvious that when 10 new diets-each one claiming to be perfect-are published each day, there is something fishy going on. The problem is that diets don’t work in the first place. There is no diet now, and there never will be a diet that cures an overweight problem cold turkey. The reason for this is that diets don’t attack the fundamental problem of the fat person.
You see, most people think that losing weight is the basic problem. In fact, most fat people make a profession of losing weight. The fat guy says, “I just can’t lose weight.” Sure, diets help people lose weight but the problem area they need to focus on more is gaining weight.
Fat people gain weight so easily and quickly that they soon have more fat than they have just lost. Another problem is that something inside is making them gain weight faster than other people do. Something in their body chemistry must have been favoring the deposit of fat.
When a naturally skinny person gains 1000 calories, all of them gets burned or wasted. When a fat person eats the same amount of calories, perhaps only 900 of them are used up and the remaining 100 are all converted to fat. The fat person’s body adjusts somehow to the making of excess fat.
The conclusion has to be: Yes, people who have gotten too fat may need to go on a diet to get the fat off. Once most of the excess fat is off, however, they are really only at the beginning of their “treatment.” At that point, they must tackle the real problem.
How can they change their body chemistry so that they won’t have such a tendency to make fat out of the food they eat? How can they avoid getting fat all over again? There is a way, of course. We can’t make the super-fat into a super-skinny, but we can improve everyone a little.
If you want to lose fat, take it from me: eat less and exercise more! Sure, you can follow a diet plan but it will be effective if you turn it into a healthy lifestyle. If you want to learn more, you are welcome to read my article in Triond in relation to this subject: Lose Fat Like Counting 1-2-3!