Tuesday, July 01, 2008
From Losing it : America's Obsession With Weight and the Industry That Feeds on it :
"People naturally come in a wide variety of sizes, and attempts to get below a weight that one can maintain comfortably without thinking about it are apt to be dangerous."
"People who give up dieting are happier, they report less eating problems and eating concerns, and they feel better about themselves. They like themselves better, they're less depressed and they're willing to try things that they hadn't been willing or able to try previously to make some changes in their lives."
"When Blair compared the death rates of the active fat men with those of the inactive thin men, it become even more clear how much more important exercise is than weight in determining health....the thinner men who were out of shape were three times more likely to die young than the fat men who exercised regularly. The people who weighed average or below average lived no longer than the overweight ones--unless they exercised. And the chunky ones lived just as long--if they exercised."
"The kinds of diseases we see in overweight people are the same diseases we see in sedentary and unfit people of every weight....'The challenege that I like to throw out to obesity researchers is, 'How can you be so sure that is' weight that kills?' Maybe it's just inactivity.' says Blair"
"It's exercise and healthy nutrition that matter for good health, and weight just doesn't make a bit of difference."
So...in my opinion?
Eating healthy, exercising, I'm there! Cutting out entire food groups or saying NO to my favorite foods to fit some standardized vision of beauty? No thank you. I will continue to live my healthy lifestyle. Eat when I'm hungry, stop when I'm full, get out and walk more, and spend less time worrying about how much I weigh or what size my clothes are.
I want to exercise because it's fun. Not exercise because I feel like I have to. I want to eat salads with light ranch because I think it tastes good, not because I'm being punished for eating a doughnut.
Am I perfect? Heck no! Will I still complain when the scale goes up for no reason? Yes. That's not even a question. I know I will! Because I still want to believe that I'm meant to magically transform myself into a "thin" person. Despite the fact that I've never been thin and there's a very small success rate with keeping off every pound lost after dieting.
Sometimes I just have to remind myself to not go crazy. I hope that everyone who reads this will decide to make healthier choices, and not beat themselves up if they are holding themselves to a standard they can never achieve.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Did you know that dieting may carry a greater health risk than staying overweight? That it can cause its own health problems? That studies haven't shown that fat people who lose weight are just as healthy as people who were thin to begin with?
That most weight-loss studies aren’t long enough? They study the subjects only during the beginning of their successes. They don’t publish the fact that they go on to gain the weight back, plus more. They don’t like to tell that dieting lowers the metabolism so that it is that much easier to gain the weight back. Because then they can sell them the next gimmick. They can peddle their new pill, or program, or a new compound of liquid protein.
Eating less calories to lose weight can cause people to be fatigued, dizzy, anxious, and lose their hair. I should know, I have suffered from all of those things in the past few months. (You’ll be happy to know my hair loss hasn’t exactly been a huge amount and I had anxiety before I started dieting. Although the lightheadedness, dizzy spells, and fatigue are new and not that pleasant! In fact, I pretty much never feel hunger anymore. I will get sorta lightheaded and nauseous and think, it's only been about two hour since I ate, what the heck? But I always feel better when I eat a little something. Which basically has me eating more than normal.)
I guess I would understand if I truly was eating too few calories. Usually thishas been shown to happen to people who eat 600-1200 calories a day while dieting. My average range is more like 1600-2000. Yes I exercise, but I usually burn 200-500 a day, eating more when I burn more. The problem with this is that my weight has basically stopped coming off. The plan I’ve been following this whole time says I should be eating 1200-1550 calories while burning 300 calories a day. But I know I am not able to eat that little while burning that much. It probably doesn’t sound like I’m burning a lot and it probably sounds like I’m eating way too much! If you are nodding your head along with that statement, you probably think I'm nuts!
I’ve lost over 90 pounds. Yes, that’s cool and all. But I guess I did really hope that I would able to transform my body into something I wasn’t ashamed of. And I’m just simply not there yet. My problem is this damn “apple.” What apple you may ask? Well, ladies and gentleman, I am “apple-shaped.” Which is the unhealthiest shape to be! (boo-yah! Wait….that isn’t something to be proud of). The book I’m reading now is supposedly comforting me saying that it’s mostly middle-aged men who are shaped like apples and “us pear-shaped women” are much healthier. Having your weight on your hips, thighs, and butt is much healthier than having it on your stomach. Unfortunately, I can’t quite convince my fat to get up and move to the proper place. I probably would have been done with this dieting thing already if I wasn’t still in a size 14/16. I mean, aren’t after photos supposed to at least show the “average woman size” of a 6/8. It’s not like I thought I’d be a 2. Hello, I’m not delusional. But I mean, can’t I at least be the plus-size model size of 12!?
Lifestyle change or diet?
Encouraging people to exercise more while also eating more fruits and vegetables can help some people to lose weight. Those are “lifestyle changes” that don’t involve restraining your food. If you are not eating when you are hungry because you can only eat X amount today, that is a “diet” not a “lifestyle change.” “Dieting” involves counting calories, eating a certain amount with little or no regard to hunger, only eating “good” foods, staying away from all “bad” foods, and only feeling good about yourself if your efforts are rewarded with pounds or inches lost.
I’ve gone back and forth on whether I am “dieting” or am simply making “lifestyle changes.” In reality, I have to admit that I’m doing both. I am restricting my calories in order to lose weight. That’s a diet. I am eating more fruits and vegetables and making it to the gym 4-6 times a week, that’s my lifestyle change. I weigh myself and think about how my clothes fit often to ensure that I’m making positive changes. That’s a diet. I love the energy exercise gives me and the taste of my favorite foods. That’s my lifestyle!
Being a healthier person shouldn’t be wrapped up in exactly what size I am or how much I weigh, but how I feel! Does that mean I shouldn’t be a part of a “dieting” community? I feel very at home there and have met some amazing people. I think I’ll stay. Besides…it’s me, I’ll probably change my mind about everything in about a month.
Friday, June 27, 2008
So I had gained a little bit of weight, but I was neglecting to update my tracker because I knew it would come off soon. Well, at least, I thought it would. Because it usually does! But apparently it's sticking around for awhile, so I'm going to just add the extra pound on. I haven't weighed today, but my weight last night was up TWO pounds. But I'm not really willing to backtrack that far yet. Dang scales.
If the measuring tape was any nicer, I'd just use it. But my measurements haven't changed since January. Which is weird because I've lost 20 pounds since then! But I am glad I've been getting in my gym workouts in, I haven't missed a day this week! =)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Ok, I haven't been feeling well lately. I wanted to explain a little bit as to why. Well actually, I don't know why. But I do know what I've been experiencing!
I've been basically experiencing being : lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, weak, fatigued, etc. I'm eating plenty. Lots of fruits and veggies. I've been increasing my protein a bit, that seems to have helped some.
I also haven't menstruated since March 22nd. Since my husband and I are TTC (trying to conceive) I got my hopes all up! But I've taken multiple tests, multiple times, and they are all negative. Plus, I don't have any other symptoms of being pregnant.
I'm not even down to a "normal" weight, considering the BMI says I'm "overweight." Also, considering I'm still a size 14/16! So I wouldn't think that I have lost so much weight that I would stop ovulating! But who knows? I do know that I used to lose 10 pounds every month to two months. But the last 10 pounds took three months and I've been the same weight now since May 29th.
I'm considering taking a break to maintain. I don't want to specifically try and put weight back on unless I talk to a doctor about it and they want me to. I want to be a normal weight! I'd love to be able to shop in a store that isn't for plus-size women! But I'm also very concerned about my health.
My husband is working on getting us health insurance. I hope it works out! Because both him and I should have seen doctors about various things for quite some time.
Oh! Also...I've always had sensitive skin, but I've noticed that I'm breaking out in rashes way more often than usual. I keep trying to use OTC meds, but they don't seem to be helping as much as they used to.
So anyway, I just wanted to explain myself a little bit better. If I actually get to see a doctor and can figure out what all is wrong with me, I'll be sure to let you all know! Especially if I can see a mental health professional too. Ooh and a dentist. I was supposed to go see mine for some follow-ups awhile ago, but my health insurance ended before I could. I think they did the original work like two days before it was ending, and they wanted to follow up, I said "sure, when I get health insurance again!" That was...two years ago? I don't remember.
Ok seriously, I'm done typing. I hope everyone is doing well, having a great weekend, and if you have health insurance don't put off seeing the doctor! Understand your luck! lol
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So I changed a couple of things. I put how many pounds I've lost instead of my actual weight. Just...for fun! Really just needed a change of pace. I also made my goal to lose 95 pounds instead of 100 total. We'll see how getting to 95 works before I start worrying about that triple digit number! I might stop at 95 and maintain for a little while.
I'm actually having some health problems at the moment and am thinking about being actually serious about this trying to find affordable health insurance thing. I'll go into more details later, but it's late and I really should get to bed soon.
So yeah, I'll explain more later and I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!
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