It’s that time of year again. January first rolls around and it’s time to make resolutions. Of course, the diet industry wants to improve profits (it was predicted earnings would be over $65 billion by 2010) so they convince you that you need their services.
Watch television at night and most of the commercials are about weight loss. It’s enough to make a viewer stabby! I started counting the commercials one night, but got overwhelmed. Every company has a diet and they all want us to use their’s.
Vulnerable people will continue spending their hard-earned money on Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and countless other companies that lead you to believe they can help you lose some weight. Unfortunately, they have no idea how to help you keep it off and how to prevent you from regaining what you lost plus a nice padding of extra weight to make it a super special experience.
That’s the beauty of being in the diet business. If more than 95% of the people who lose weight gain it back in a few years, these same people will continue needing the diet business to lose again and again and again. This has to make the corporate honchos simply orgasmic. And we, the vulnerable masses, continue to pad their pockets.
Because we just know that something…someday…somehow…will work. I mean, there are enough people who will tell us what worked for them:
- I drank iced water by the gallon
- I drank hot water with lemon
- I ate nothing but grapefruit
- I ate nothing but bacon
- I eat according to my blood type
- I eat like a neanderthal
- I eat like an astronaut (you know–those prepacked, predigested meals…)
The advice is never ending. The sad thing is that some people have tried every method mentioned above and others, and still aren’t happy with their weight.
There is another option and I hope you’ll consider it. It’s called Health At Every Size. The premise is that eating freely and getting movement that you enjoy will help you reach a higher level of health. Of course, the health level isn’t measured by a number on a scale or the size of your jeans.
It’s an easy program to follow because you need nothing special. You just have to stop beating yourself up. Take the time to really look at yourself and understand how wonderful you are. Turn off the TV, stop watching the news, and throw away the women’s magazines so you stop receiving the negative messages that are thrown your way every single minute of every day. Stop listening to the people who tell you you are nothing more than a weight or a size, and know that they are wrong.
Check out the Health At Every Size movement. Learn about movement that isn’t about pain and gain: The Fat Chick, Curvy Yoga, Heavy Weight Yoga. Check out great blogs by inspirational people: Ragen Chastain’s Dances with Fat, Living 400 Pounds, Dr. Deah. This isn’t a complete list–follow links and discover other great, supportive people to help you with this new journey.
Most of all, be kind to yourself. Love yourself enough to step off the diet roller coaster and embrace sanity instead of insanity. I’m here to support you as I continue my journey along this path. Together we can change ourselves for the better!