Thursday, June 10, 2010
I took my son to the local water park today and had a lovely afternoon sitting in a lounge chair reading. I was sitting right by a group who was apparently extended family or several families of close friends. One of the women was getting out her lunch, and another was asking her about the new diet. As she squeezed lemon (the only flavoring allowed) onto a baggie containing a dozen small shrimp, she described how you could eat 3 specific items the first week, add a few more the next, and so on. Now on her 4th week, she could have a sliced apple and baggie full of shrimp for lunch. No sweetener except stevia though.
Holy crow, how could anyone stay on something like that for 4 weeks, let alone long term? You would almost be guaranteed to gain the weight back, since you would not be developing sustainable healthy habits. And from the conversation, it was apparent that she was learning nothing about nutrition or calorie density - she was just blindly following a list of how much and what she was "allowed" to eat.
"I like my new diet better," relied her friend. (I am not making this up!) "It's not so restrictive. You can eat anything you want, as long as it's green vegetables, brown rice, or lentils."
I suck. I wanted so badly to engage them in conversation and tell them about SparkPeople's plan. But I didn't know them, and I didn't want to be seen as a nosy old woman (even if that's what I am) so I kept my nose buried in my book.