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Why Dieting is a Big, Fat Joke

Updated on March 11, 2012

A diet is generally referred to as a manner of eating in which a person abstains from certain foods with the intention to lose weight.

This is so retarded, words cannot speak.

There are two problems with a diet. First, when you deprive yourself of certain foods (ie: chocolate, salty snacks, etc.), the result is generally not that you're happy and fine with it. The result is generally that you finally break and go postal eating as much of that food as you can - usually referred to as a "binge".

Second, while I will agree that some foods have little to no nutritional value, most foods are pretty useful in some form or another. The key is moderation - don't eat a big, juicy steak every single night sort of thing. If you get the foods you like in moderation on a regular basis, believe it or not - you won't eat so much of them!

Really, think about it. If you could have cheesecake every day, and you knew you could have cheesecake every day and not feel guilty about it, would you still stuff your face with it? Or would you be like, "Oh! There's cheesecake in the fridge! Hmmm, I had some yesterday. And the day before. I don't really . . . feel like cheesecake today." Apply this to any food that you normally feel guilty about eating if cheesecake isn't your thing.

I think it's really the guilt, combined with the "must eat three full meals a day" attitude that contributes to obesity. I mean, think about it. Did we evolve to eat three square meals a day? No. We did not. Our ancestors were hunter-gatherers; they snacked throughout the day. They did not take a break at breakfast, noon, and night to say, "Oh, hey. Cool. Time to stop hunting and start eating!"

Of course, they also had plenty of exercise.

But back to the food. First, we tend to binge on things we feel guilty about: "I won't eat chocolate at all this week because it's so bad for me!"

But what happens when something stressful happens? You fight with a loved one, or your car breaks down, or the bills added up a little higher than you expected? Hmmm, chocolate. That's right, you go for the comfort food and binge.

Maybe the key here is not making chocolate and everything else "off limits". That just makes us want it more. Maybe the key is to recognize that it's okay, in moderation. Don't deny yourself treats, just don't go about eating them in replacement of healthy snacks. Maybe a happy medium of the two; some chocolate dipped strawberries or something.

The other thing, as previously mentioned, is the three meals a day idea. What happens after you've finished a big breakfast? You're full. Or maybe a small bowl of cereal - slightly full, but still a little hungry. Okay, so that's good, though: You ate this morning, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

But now you've got 5 or 6 hours until lunch, and if you're trying to be "healthy" and on a diet, you probably won't eat until then. So you get hungrier and hungrier, and your stomach is tight and tense, and all you can think of is that "healthy" Caesar salad, loaded with cheese and creamy dressing. Come lunchtime, you go order the salad at the cafeteria, and think, "Oh, a diet coke won't hurt. And apple slices with caramel are pretty healthy. Hey, and since I'm being so good, I'll just grab this piece of Weight Watchers carrot cake!"

And you stuff your face.

Of course, now you're full, and feeling pretty happy with yourself because you ate healthy, right? Or maybe you're going the other direction. Maybe for lunch you had a small garden salad and a bottled water. Hmmmm.

Well, in that case, you have another five hours of ravenous hunger to go until dinner. Awesome.

The way to eat is not by starving ourselves according to some arbitrary time table. It's to have light snack/meals throughout the day. A small salad, then two hours later a water and some carrot sticks. Or maybe even that candy bar you like so much. The key is to eat about every two hours - which is how often we're supposed to - but to eat small, light meals. Large snacks, really.

I've found something interesting, personally. When left alone, we actually do gravitate towards healthy food. Yes, sugar and salt is all well and yummy, and I can't deny that pretty much everybody likes them. I do, too. However, I have noticed that when I don't proclaim them "off limits" and "forbidden", I tend to buy them in lesser amounts.

That's right. I tell myself, "You can buy as much of that chocolate cheesecake as you like." I do, and then it gets slowly picked at, and I end up having to toss it because it's so old. Meanwhile, the apples, yogurt, celery, and carrots I bought have all been munched up, used as snacks to help us get through the day.

In summation; eat snacks throughout the day. Don't forbid yourself anything; you'll eventually gravitate towards the healthy foods. And not addressed in this hub (although maybe someone will address it!), get regular exercise. Even if it's just walking to the store instead of driving, or walking to work or something - regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle.

And if you're healthy, you're happy, and you'll sing as you go. (That's a line from a song I learned when I was little. It seemed fitting.)

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    • countrywomen profile image

      countrywomen 

      9 years ago from Washington, USA

      My mom tells me to do "dieting" I would joke back to her that I would die eating :-) hehe.... Good Hub

    • that one girl profile imageAUTHOR

      that one girl 

      10 years ago from Washington state

      Well, first off, I don't know how overweight you are or are not. Second, these are general rules. Third, any medications you may be on can interfere with weight loss. And fourth, while eating healthy and excercising is key, many people don't know how many calories and whatnot they're actually taking in during the day. We discount things like diet sodas, flavored water, light yogurt, etc. etc. -- because it's "healthy".

      Websites like Sparkpeople.com have nutrition counters that total up the amount of calories, carbohydrates, and so on that you've eaten throughout the day. Using that as a starting tool, you can start to get a feel for what a healthy lifestyle is really like. Even if you opt not to use a website like that, even keeping a written journal of everything you eat and drink may help you realize the types of foods that you're actually taking into your body and their nutritional value.

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      Lois Lane 

      10 years ago

      So what if you do all this stuff you mentioned and still don't lose weight? And the problem isn't my thyroid- I had it checked by my doctor. My doctor, in fact, has been no help at all. I get the line- sometimes it's just genetics and there is nothing you can do about it. I am too polite to tell my doctor "Bullshit."

    • sschilke profile image

      sschilke 

      10 years ago

      that one girl.

      I like your common sense approach.

      sschilke

    • Maylinda Arons profile image

      Maylinda Arons 

      10 years ago

      I hereby agree with every point you made in this hub.

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