I am so frustrated at the moment, I am having a hard time seeing straight.
There has been an interesting discussion on a group I belong to on FB about a new book that came out by Bob Harper (most know him on The Biggest Loser) and I have to say I am sick just thinking about it.
"LOSE UP TO 20 POUNDS IN 21 DAYS!
In his instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Skinny Rules, celebrity trainer and coach of NBC’s The Biggest Loser Bob Harper delivers the ultimate strategy for healthy, long-term weight loss and “thin maintenance.” But what if you have a big event looming—a reunion, wedding, beach vacation, or other special occasion—and need a fast-acting plan to meet your short-term goals?
Jumpstart to Skinny features thirteen short-term Rules (no one gets thin on mere suggestions) that will supercharge your weight loss. Taking any confusion or decision making out of the equation, Harper also provides a day-by-day plan for success, including his body-toning “Jumpstart Moves” and deliciously slimming recipes specially designed for your get-skinny needs.
Jumpstart to Skinny lets you in on the secrets Bob shares with his red-carpet celebrity clients. This is not a marathon diet; it’s a quick sprint to the finish line. And the victory lap comes when you slip into that sexy dress or swimsuit and feel fantastic. Get started today!"
There is more, but they're just bullet points on his wonderful new plan. The jist of the plan? 800 calories a day. Um, WHAT? Here is a good breakdown of the plan:
I am certainly no expert, but 800 freaking calories a day?! How does a person function on this kind of plan? Certainly does not seem like a good plan to me, all it does is scream yo-yo dieting to me.
Again, I am no expert, but as someone who has continually struggled to "lose it" for the last couple of years, doing things THE RIGHT WAY, I find it highly insulting.
It was funny, but before I read this post, I was walking through Barnes & Noble trying to find a gift and there on their Bargain Book shelf there was an entire section devoted to just diet books.... Amazon.com's Listmania has a vast selection of books......
The Sonoma Diet
The Atkins Diet
The South Beach Diet
The Mediterranean Diet
Making the Cut
The Flat Belly Diet
The Abs Diet
The Crazy, Sexy Diet
I could keep listing, but I think I am getting my point across. All I could think of as I was scanning the books is this: no wonder we as a society are 1.) weight obsessed and 2.) have an obesity problem. It is a no-brainer as far as I am concerned -- we are force fed the images of what we're supposed to look like, given a break-down of how we're supposed to make it happen (via such stellar reading materials as listed above) and then we fail only to feel like complete losers and repeat the same thing over and over and over again. The vicious cycle.
I will admit it, in the past I have succumbed to many of these things.
I have dealt with obsession. I have sustained injuries due to over exercise. I have tried many different diets. I have been food obsessed. I have been exercise obsessed. I have battled body image (and still do most days). What are we supposed to do? We are constantly bombarded over and over and over again with how we're SUPPOSED to look. We're force fed images of the red carpet, Victoria's Secret Angels, cover models from all sorts of different magazines. Airbrushed hell.
Personally, I have had it.
Yes, I have struggled. Yes, I have been up and down and all around. But I think I have learned a lot from it. I am constantly learning on what I like, what I don't like. I am learning more about myself through this process. The successes AND the failures. I am learning to be less dependent on the scale (which inevitably leads me to bad thoughts and can tend to propel me toward obsessive thoughts) and more on how I feel. I am learning how I like to eat. I am learning how I like to exercise. I am learning that the 'diets' are fake.
Anymore, I am simply about the Common Sense Diet. Ever heard of it? Books with titles like that don't make the Amazon top 10 list because they don't tote taglines of "lose 20 pounds in 21 days" but what it does for me is this: I physically feel great. I eat great. I have energy. I am not starving. I am losing inches. I workout to be a stronger person. It is slow. It will, however, stay gone when I lose it.
How it works: eat when hungry. Stop when full. Workout to strengthen the body (lift heavy things), cardio as needed. Eat food as nature intended (yes, I do include wheat in this since it seems to be considered "bad" same with bananas yet another seemingly innocent food that seems to get a bad rap anymore). Fix foods from scratch. Drink a good amount of water (again, there is no clear-cut amounts on this since some days I am simply more thirsty than others - some days it is as little as 8 glasses, others it is more in the form of a gallon). Get plenty of rest.
I know everyone has to start somewhere, but I wish there were more books and resources that would talk about how awesome it is to have energy and stamina, how good it feels to get stronger. Less of the taglines on insane amounts of weight loss in hard to believe time frames. It is no wonder people are so messed up when it comes to food and exercise. There are so many mixed messages out there. Do this, not that. Eat this, not that.
I am just simply sick of it all. My plan anymore isn't so much about reaching a certain goal number on the scale. It is about the longevity of being healthy. I may never reach the size I used to be, but I can work toward it. I may never see that magical number on the scale again. I just have to work to be okay with that. I have been thinking and am kind of curious about something: I wonder how different things would be for me if I worked on liking myself as hard as I do disliking myself? A worthy experiment, I would say. Appreciating myself instead of constantly ragging on everything I am not.