I've kept the weight off for almost five years, and this is how I do it. There's no magic drink or superfood supplement or diet trick du jour. Just a steady, committed path to healing my inner wounds, listening to my body rather than ignoring it, and practicing moderation.
If you adopt an Asian diet and avoid sugary, nutrient-free foods, you could see the pounds melt off and look forward to looking great in a swimsuit this summer.
Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new study that purportedly was about debunking breakfast, but was really about debunking dogma for breakfast.
I've been around the dieting block a couple of times myself. OK, more than a couple. Right now, I'm in that unenviable spot of having no clothes that fit comfortably while I'm in a stare-down contest with summer. Who's going to blink first: My need to lose my winter poundage or that bathing suit I won't wear unless I do?
This is not an argument for soda over juice. The point being made is that you don't really know what you're getting unless you look at the label. And without knowing, round and round we go on the hamster wheel on our futile attempts to be healthier individuals.
Diet cola addicts, I mean drinkers, celebrated a recent study published in the journal Obesity that showed diet-soda drinkers lost more weight than water drinkers. The not-so-discreet news is that the American Beverage Association -- a deep-pocketed organization that supports giants like soft drinks, sports drinks and juice drinks -- funded this diet-soda study.
Time and lack of appetite are two reason folks skip breakfast. Manufacturers capitalize on these limitations with sugary cereals, snack bars, and other concoctions that skyrocket your blood sugar while providing little if any protein or essential nutrients.
It might sound surprising then to hear that ambivalence can actually be the key to supporting your own change or someone else's. You could choose to view these thoughts as "caving" or undermining your resolve. Or you could embrace these thoughts and feelings as a natural occurrence of ambivalence, completely expected in most change processes.
If you're already carrying excess fat, it will require more physical and mental effort than someone who isn't. You may have to work harder, but don't let that prevent you from getting started.
Motivation is the number one thing a person needs to lose weight and/or transform his or her life. However, the stipulation about motivation is it cannot be bought. It cannot be surgically implanted. It cannot be taken every morning with a glass of water. Motivation has to come from a person being mentally stronger than he or she has ever been.
For most of us, it's time to stop rolling our eyes at non-existent conspiracies, and actually attempt to eat well and be active. It means there is no scapegoat to blame for all our ills, and no silver bullet to save us.
For all of the CF bashers out there, I am not bashing you, but asking you not to put something down that offers a solution for many people to get off their butts, and instead, help me encourage people to take responsibility for their own health, more educated, mindful and smart.
Silly and optimistic as I am, I'm hoping for an end to health claims on foods and supplements. Health claims were introduced in 1994, have been so miserably abused and have become so utterly misleading that it's just time to say goodbye. The other more realistic scenario is that consumers will start rejecting the hype and express their skepticism with their wallets.
People need to be shown, not told, how their lifestyle is helping or hurting their health. Everyone accepts the necessity of medical testing to detect the early stages of disease. Shouldn't the early stages of physical decline also be included so that positive interventions can be started before it becomes necessary to order the cane, walker or wheelchair?
A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.
"Come to find out I loved the riding, I loved everything about it. And it turns out I was really good. Here were all these really skinny, young, good-looking guys in their biker shorts looking all pretty. And I was all sweaty and gross-looking but I could go faster than them."