My Revelation: Dieting Is Of The Devil

THIS IS A CUTE GIRL

Not one ounce of fat or cellulite on her. This is the image of today's female in 2012. Like it or not like it, America is obcessed with dieting.
Not one ounce of fat or cellulite on her. This is the image of today's female in 2012. Like it or not like it, America is obcessed with dieting.

OTHER DIET-RELATED ITEMS

Yeaaah. Raw broccoli and water. What a "gorge fest" of food for this hot girl who is out on the town "binging" after a hot date with her boyfriend, a quarterback for the football team.
Yeaaah. Raw broccoli and water. What a "gorge fest" of food for this hot girl who is out on the town "binging" after a hot date with her boyfriend, a quarterback for the football team.
In some third world countries, it is culturally-correct to be fat. This is a sign of good living. And prosperity. And people who subscribe to this lifestyle outlive dieting Americans.
In some third world countries, it is culturally-correct to be fat. This is a sign of good living. And prosperity. And people who subscribe to this lifestyle outlive dieting Americans.
Coincidence or planned? Two overweight people "walking" toward a restaurant that features low-priced specials.
Coincidence or planned? Two overweight people "walking" toward a restaurant that features low-priced specials.
This pretty girl is obviously thinking about dieting. See that far-away look in her eyes. "What food will I stop eating?" she asks herself. What a depressing sight.
This pretty girl is obviously thinking about dieting. See that far-away look in her eyes. "What food will I stop eating?" she asks herself. What a depressing sight.
Drinking non-alcoholic drinks can help you to maintain your ideal weight. But lay off the beer, whiskey and wine.
Drinking non-alcoholic drinks can help you to maintain your ideal weight. But lay off the beer, whiskey and wine.
Fat guys CAN dance. And just gaze at the hot chicks in the background who are evidently waiting for him to finished with his dance solo.
Fat guys CAN dance. And just gaze at the hot chicks in the background who are evidently waiting for him to finished with his dance solo.
This man is not obese. But then again he is not a marathon runner. Does he need Jenny Craig? What do you think?
This man is not obese. But then again he is not a marathon runner. Does he need Jenny Craig? What do you think?
A painting by Igor Grabar in 1904 entitled, "Fat Women." Do you see how a society is influenced by the visual arts?
A painting by Igor Grabar in 1904 entitled, "Fat Women." Do you see how a society is influenced by the visual arts?
This girl, to me, is very pretty. She is not skinny or neither overweight. What's wrong with a country that drives young women to be skinny as a #2 pencil? Plenty, if you ask me.
This girl, to me, is very pretty. She is not skinny or neither overweight. What's wrong with a country that drives young women to be skinny as a #2 pencil? Plenty, if you ask me.

Diet, Dieting, and Diets . . .

touchy subjects to some in America. Not me. I do not fear anything about a diet, dieting or diets. To me, these things are just social (and medical) inventions to add years to our lives. Some diets are easy. Some are pure, brutal torture. Who really likes to live on bread and water for weeks? A non-thinking person, that's who. And as for the other "sensational" weight-loss revelations, I can tell you here and now that most diets and dieting guru's are of the devil himself.

How do I know this? Have you ever heard or read of God intentionally torturing His children? Now, he corrects us like any loving father, but He has never said to me, "Ken, to bed with you and no supper, breakfast or lunch for six months!" If He were to say something like this, wouldn't that make God a sadist? An entity who loves to bring pain to his living creatures? Sure it would. But take God's arch-enemy, the devil, this jerk loves to bring pain and suffering to mankind. Just ask Job of the Bible. Job was seen first as happy, healthy, wealthy and served God daily. Enter the devil who even tells God that "I cannot touch him as long as you have your hedge around him," so God, with full-confidence in Job, says, "have you considered my servant, Job?" And a deal is struck. The devil is allowed by God, to bring all kinds of pain and suffering on Job but he cannot touch his soul. Now who loves to make us suffer.

Prior to my very-first diet in 1981, I was called everything from "Big 'un," to "Hoss." And loved it. I thought that people liked me because of my extra-poundage. They might have liked me. But I think that I was the "butt" of man fun-makers who thrived on laughing at boys who were big like me. Thing is. I was the only boy in grades fourth through sixth who was "extra-large," and no, I was never a subscriber to "awww, there's just more of me to love," and all that garbage. I was happy. Big. And that was that. I woke up each day excited to be alive. Went to bed that night glad that I had a full day.

Then as high school faded, and I went into another cruel area, real life, I found out quick that weight matters. A whole lot. In 1975 I found out that most employers will not hire an overweight man or woman. I heard from an insider who heard one of these "righteous" business owners that, "big people just look, you know, ewwwwww, big," so that did it for me. I sought to lose weight and lose it fast. I had no choice. I had a new wife and a low-paying job. Where else was I to go but to a better-paying job?

I bought a package of Extra-Strength Dexatrim, the black capsules. They worked. Man, how they worked. I took one at 10 a.m. each day with a full glass of water and only ate a light supper. In no time at all, I had lost 81 pounds. I looked and felt like a corpse. My face had fell in. My ribs were on display. To my own thinking, I had achieved success. But the after-affects of this diet capsule are horrendous. My nerves were shot. I was on-edge. Nervous most of the time and had developed an internal fear of food. That's right. Food. I hated to eat. And not that far back, I loved to chow-down on any food that couldn't run away from me. How things change.

So with a nibble here and a sneaked bite of cake there, I began to gain a few pounds again. I felt halfway good. No diet pills for me ever again. I swear that during all this time of the diet capsules, the devil was standing in the shadows laughing his sorry head off at me.

Some people that I was working with in 1983 made an innocent remark one night as we were getting our newspaper ready for press, "Ken, you've gained some weight - -but you sure look good!" That was it. My red flag went up. An alarm in my stomach screamed, "Dieting time again!" And the alarm was right. Time to lose those extra pounds. Now.

Enter the Beverly Hills Diet. This is where gullible suckers like me not only spent the $19.95 on the book, "The Beverly Hills Diet Plan", but I also had to buy all of the necessary fruits that I was to use with my newly-found diet plan.

It was fun for the first seven to ten days. A slice of watermelon for breakfast along with a slice of orange. A slice of pineapple for lunch and more watermelon and peaches for dinner. NO breads, sweets, of any kind. Just fruits. I could, as a treat, eat a salad once a week but no tasty dressing. Just no-calorie, bland water mixed with white vinegar. I lost a grand total of four pounds in three weeks. This failed attempt of weight-loss drained what patience and faith I had in diets whose names began with the name of a city.

As the years went by, my weight went up and down more than a team of Portuguese brothers who were trapeze artists on a trampoline. A good friend told me that fluctuating weight is as bad as being too bit or too small. What? So where was the happy medium? I was confused. Shaken mentally. And my stomach was still spilling over my belt buckle.

Then my salvation came in the form of the "All Meat Diet," that I had watched on CBS' news magazine, 60 Minutes. A firefighter from Cleveland, Ohio, who had once topped-out at 300 pounds, but still looked good because he was a tall man, decided enough was enough, so he started eating meat at every meal. Just meat. No bread. No sweets. No salads. No sodas. No beer or alcoholic drinks. And over a six-month span, he lost down to 189 sweet pounds. I remember him saying to Morley Saffer, "I loved it, this 'All Meat Diet.' If I get hungry between meals, I go to the refrigerator and snag myself a hotdog. And I am fine." I tried this "All Meat Diet." It worked great. I lost enough weight to easily fit into the tux I wore to walk my daughter down the aisle in her wedding. I was a lean, mean, non-sweet-eating, dieting machine.

But you know something? When you are sold out to one type of food, the devil makes those "dangerous" foods look good. Like Snickers, Milky Way, and Butterfinger candy bars. I would wake up night in a cold sweat. Withdrawals from not having my favorite candy bars to lean on when I was hungry. I felt like a heroine addict in recovery. It was rough, I tell you. Rough. The hardest part was after Sunday worship when my family and my wife's family always had to go eat lunch somewhere. I convinced them to eat at this place where I live called The Chinese Garden. I was told that I could eat all I wanted of the Chinese food, but no sweet rolls. Great. Bring it. That lasted for about two Sundays.

Years later I finally just gave up and gave in to not dieting at all. Call me stupid. I don't care. Believe me, over the course of my life, I have done many things more stupid than giving up diets. And things more dangerous too. Dieting changes me, close friends have told me. From a happy-go-lucky person to a cynical, paranoid man who no one can stand to be around. And at my age, I do not need that kind of label.

Now days I only eat one bagel in the morning with my morning medications I take for my fibromyalgia and neurothopy. I do not eat lunch. And eat a light supper with my wife. I am not obese. But then again, I am not a male model for GQ.

If anything, I'm happy. And what's wrong with that?

I want to end this hub in a positive way for those of you who do LOVE to diet

A DIET BEGGING TO HAPPEN

I am not this guy's judge. If he is happy like this, so be it. But given that a person with this much weight, it might be that he could end up with diabetes, stroke or heart failure. With THIS much weight, I agree to dieting.
I am not this guy's judge. If he is happy like this, so be it. But given that a person with this much weight, it might be that he could end up with diabetes, stroke or heart failure. With THIS much weight, I agree to dieting.

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Comments 21 comments

SJmorningsun25 4 years ago

kenneth, I completely agree with you when it comes to the effects diets have on our personalities and how we feel. I've been to the place of "fear of food" like you mentioned, and it's horrible! In fact that's a battle I'm still fighting. I hate the way Hollywood has manipulated the national psyche to value thinness over being healthy and happy--because as you say, most dieters are anything but happy. Voted up, awesome, and interesting! And definitely sharing.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Kenneth, you're indeed lucky you didn't just "look and feel" like a corpse after losing 81 pounds with Dexatrim. The original formula of that OTC weight-loss aid contained phenylpropanolamine (PHP) that was pulled off the shelves and banned more than a decade ago after it was linked to hemorrhagic strokes.

It's much better to make eating healthy one's lifestyle than to "diet." Even a little extra padding on a person's frame is preferable to the bad effects that may be suffered from taking diet pills and going on fad diets.


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

This was a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat article!!!!! I totally agee with every word!!!! Voted up, plus the rest of the click-on goodies.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Dearest Kenneth

Diets do not work. They are only a temporary solution.

Being happy in your own skin is more important.

Voted up and away!

Take care my friend. :)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

SJMorningSun . . .you said it far better than I could. It is the power of society, especially on young girls that scares me to the edge of reality. I have a granddaughter, 11, she eats sensibly and I keep telling her, do not listen to the "obcessive diet demons" on TV or in school preaching a lie that a GIRL in 2012 JUST HAS TO BE SKIN AND BONES to be pretty. Hogwash. Sorry for the harshness, but you are talking to a man who has been there and suffered---from a lot of dumb diets. Sueswan below said it best too . . .being comfortable in one's own skin is more important. And that, I am.

Thanks SJ for your support.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Mrs. Jaye,

you too, care correct. Eating sensible is a wise thing and so is NOT TAKING DIET PILLS OR CLEANSERS they sell on TV right and left. What ever happened to the Food and Drug Administration who had to approve such things as diet aids?

And yes, a few pounds will not hurt as bad as a stroke or heart attack.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jenna and THAAANKK YOUUUUUU for your sweet comment. No fad diets for me ever again. Oh, I am, to be upfront, working on a homemade watermelon, pineapple and lemonade diet that is guaranteed to NOT CAUSE STROKE, HEART ATTACK, OR SUDDEN PERSONALITY CHANGE. It will give you the feeling of something sweet in your system and still lose weight. Im not through tweaking it yet. Maybe later.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Susan . . .seems like old times you commenting on a hub. How was your trip? I bet you had one more good time! Are you back at home? Ive missed you.

Thanks so much for visiting me on this hub. Now rest-up and get over the jet-lag.

Sincerely, Kenneth


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

I don't believe in being too fat or too skinny. Both are bad for your health. I eat what I want but in moderation. I'm tired of the yo-yo reports...eggs are BAD for you...oops, no they aren't that bad, in fact they can be good for you. Good grief! Life is too short to not enjoy a peanut butter cup once in awhile! Another good hub, Kenneth...now go have a Butterfinger for me! :D


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

LOL, Thank YOU, "Dr. Catgypsy," I will do just that. And I agree with you. Too many yo yo's in the world along with the yo yo diets and information. Too much for a gullible person to enjoy a happy life.

Take care and thanks again for your lovely (and wise) comments.

Kenneth


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

FANTASTIC! Had to Laugh, Cry, think "there but for fortune!" and, HEY...who's that in the picture with you. It has been a long time and it appears that life is treating you very well...I am so glad as you are a great man! Love this one...and OUCH!! that poor little scooter...someone save that man! Ha. Love it. All appropriate UPS Mr. Kenneth Avery.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Dearest Lucky,

Wow, where have YOU been for so long??? I have longed to read your comments once more. That girl is my oldest granddaughter, Alexis Cameron Nash, from Hamilton, where we live. She is an aspiring writer and loves to take piano lessons.

I thought people would love to see a pretty face and not a crusty old man like me for a change.

This was taken about a year ago at her birthday party. Since then, my fibro and neurothopy has worsened. I am not trying to bring you down, just being honest.

I take meds still. And spinal shots every 3 months at a pain clinic in nearly Tupelo, Miss.

Thanks, Lucky, for not only touching my life, but being a terrific friend and follower.

I am here if you ever need me.

Sincerely,

Kenneth and thanks for your votes.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Kenneth - What an excellent Hub and inspiring personal story. We are far to appearance conscious in this country. Someway, somehow, we each have to find that place of balance for ourselves, like you did for yourself.

BTW, that is a great picture of you and your granddaughter. Hope you have a wonderful week. :) Sharing.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, phdast7!

Long time, no YOU! Where've you been? I know. Traveling for National Geographic, right? Anyway, thanks for your sweet comment. And I agree. WE are all too appearance-minded today in the USA. From clothing to food, it's always got to be lo-cal, no-cal or fake-cal. I am accustomed to CAL. And lots of CAL. Thanks too for your kind compliment on my granddaugher, Alexis. I have another granddaughter, Annabeth, 5, who talks like 12, and John Gabriel, 8, a PC freak. Ahhh, childhood today. When I was their age, I pretended to be a member of the Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics) and do battle with imaginary foes in my back yard.

Oh how times and toys have changed.

Kenneth


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Boy isn't that the truth. Times have certainly changed!

My grandchildren are 8 (Annabel), 7 (Joshua), and 5 (Matthew). They are wonderful! They keep us young, don't they? Although the bones still creak and all the aches and pains are still there, but they recede into the background a little when the grandchildren are around. :)

Take care, Theresa


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Theresa,

I LOVE your grandchildren's names . . .Annabel, truly an Old South name, such as my Annabeth. Many young mothers where I live for some reason are naming their girls, Anna Grace, Anna Beth, Ann Catherine, all from the Deep South of olden days. And YOUR grandsons, Joshua, a strong manly name as well as Matthew. You should be giving God praise everday for your grandchildren. I try to do that. And they, like yours, will be adult soon enough and then running our country.

I can easily live with your grandchildren and mine doing that.

Thanks so much, for replying. That made my Monday great.

Love ya,

Kenneth


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

By the way, Ken, I hope you're eating veggies, fruits, whole grains and other nutritious foods in your one real meal of the day because there's very little nutrition in a plain bagel. (And absolutely NONE in your "no lunch.")


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Back again to say how much I enjoyed the "grandchildren" comments. Grandchildren are surely our reward for managing to rear our children safely to adulthood.

I now have great-grandchildren, and, yes...they are great! They call me "GG" and think I'm okay, too. It's such a joy watching this new generation as they grow and learn, play soccer and become interested in creative endeavors such as drawing and music. (I hope at least one of them will like to write.)

One of my "greats", Ryan, is seven and already following in his musician dad's footsteps. Ryan was born with rhythm, I think, because I could see him reacting to the beat of music when he was a toddler. Now he plays his own keyboard and takes piano lessons.

Riley, another "great", loves to draw and recently presented me with his self-portrait. It was recognizable as him...including his wavy hair and eyeglasses. He brought me a big stack of drawings one day, so I rotate them on the frig and cork board and always have original "great" artwork at my house....

(I think it must be a "southern" thing for grandmothers to brag. I just couldn't help myself!)


MichelleMyBelle7 4 years ago

Kenneth,

I thoroughly enjoyed your article. Not many people can tell their story in addition to sticking up for something that goes 'against the main stream.'

Kudos to you and wonderful to hear your new outlook on all of it!

Cheers!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jaye,

A sincere thank you for sharing about your great grandchildren who are without question, going to be in big places as they grow into adulthood. With talents such as music and art, well it's in the stars, their destinies, to fulfill The Master's will. And I am proud to know you, Jaye. Your writing reflects you--warm, caring and selfless.

Keep nurturing your great grandkids and you will reap a sweet harvest.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

MichelleMyBelle, (love that name!) Thank you also for your very-positive and sweet comments. It is people such as yourself and Jaye, plus ALL of my followers who make where I live in HubVille all the more interesting and peaceful. Oh yeah, fun too.

Kenneth

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