Thursday, April 17, 2008
I bought You: On A Diet about 2 months ago and read it very quickly. Now that I'm back on track, I'm re-reading it. It's an amazing book. Instead of approaching this from a vanity/wanting to look good standpoint, I need to approach it from a health standpoint. The family history of diabetes just isn't making me change my habits so I wanted to understand exactly what happens to my body because I'm obese - and how it is damaging me specifically.
That's where "You" comes in. I'm an expert dieter. I've lost a couple hundred pounds over my lifetime, I'm sure. My problem is believing in myself enough to actually get rid of it all...and in keeping it off. But, this book has made me re-think how my body works. I'm only 36 but I'm already 36! You know what I mean? I still feel like I'm about 18 (where do the years go?!) but then again, I am getting older and it's going to be in the next 10-15 years that my body is going to really start to show wear and tear from being this much overweight. I don't want to have a heart attack at age 50 and I certainly don't want to develop diabetes. And every little ache and pain, or every little think that doesn't feel quite right is making me wonder if something isn't terribly wrong because of my weight. It's all really making me realize that it's not about fitting into those jeans or simply buying off the rack like it was when I was 25. There's sooooo much more to losing weight than that. It's about being healthy and being around for a long time.
I'd always wondered why (when I was on a diet) how I could eat less food and not be hungry - like I would be when I wasn't on one. But Drs. Oz and Roizen put it in simple terms based on what is really going on. I bookmarked quite a few pages and am going to use this blog to discuss a few so that I can always look back and remind myself why I'm doing what I'm doing - and why it matters!
(From page 63 of "You: On A Diet")
"Most of us get into trouble when we eat foods with simple sugars (think soft drinks, jelly, cake). Simple sugars create a rebounding effect. You're feeling blah, so you eat a 3 Musketeers. That sugar surge works like an electrical jolt and you instantly feel more energy. But less than two hours later, that energy surge (in the form of elevated blood sugar levels) plummets, and then you feel blah again. Your conclusion? You must need another Musketeer. That rebound effect (combined with the desire for the taste that's stimulated by the pleasure center in your brain) can put your body in biological turmoil, where you eat to feel better, though what you're eating is actually making you feel sluggish, so you swirl and swirl around, always feeling like you need to eat."
Obviously they're right (they're doctors!) but it's so true!! Part of how I've always felt out of control in my eating is due to the fact that I'm always hungry and I'm always craving junk food. The less junk I eat, the more my body actually craves the salads and good foods - and the less I crave the chips, popcorn and other carbs and simple sugars. I've always known this but never really acknowleged it because it was so much easier to eat the junk that was so convenient around me. But I'd always be hungry and therefore, eat twice as much because I was always trying to fill those hunger pangs. But now I understand why!