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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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.

(From Amazon.com)
"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:

www.diet-blog.com/13/jum
pstart-to-skinny.php


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.
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/2/2013 12:55AM

    I so agree! I remember once my mom commented how she thoguht I would be done loosing weight by now - this was after a year - and at first I was upset - until I realized that for me to be healthy weight would be close to 100 lbs coming off. In a year? yea right! I was so not going to do that and keep it off; I'm happier with things the way they have been going.

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GMO_JEN 5/2/2013 12:17AM

    So glad you blogged about this-I saw the book and it irritated me so much. When you stress trying to be healthy-more or less- to then have a book that throws rational thought aside. And worse, the goal not being healthy or fit...but skinny.

So with you-my goal really is to be healthy and strong fir the long haul.

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FLGIRL_4EVER 4/25/2013 4:29PM

    I was shocked by this book too and thought the same thing...who can live on 800 calories, heck I get massively moody and low energy when I hang out at 1200 a day...watch out world if I went that low for that long.

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JENSHAINES 4/25/2013 8:49AM

    AMEN! Sing it, Sister!!!

Also... as a gluten-free person - I WOULD recommend wheat (especially whole wheat) to EVERYONE who can tolerate it. Gluten free products are hyper-processed, making things at home involve many flours, and ALL of it is expensive and many paths make you lose valuable fiber and sometimes protein. I say - eat what makes your body feel GOOD!

LOVED this, Amber! Go, Girl, Go!!!

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BEANIES_MOM 4/25/2013 4:42AM

    emoticon I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!!!!! I agree with you 100%. I have tried fad diets in the past as well as weightloss pills, but having dealt with the feeling of failure when some 'magic' pill or extreme diet doesn't work, I know I never will again.

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MRSP90X 4/25/2013 12:19AM

    I do not care for TV celebs at all, and would never take any advice from them. Although, very well respected people in the world of bodybuilding have the same thing. Lyle McDonald has the Rapid Fatloss Handbook as well as he other well known diets for competitors and Guide to Flexible Dieting. Joel Marion has Cheat Your Way Thin Extreme. These are serious diets for people looking for serious results in the shortest time possible. These diets are out there even for athletes.

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MRSP90X 4/25/2013 12:18AM

    I do not care for TV celebs at all, and would never take any advice from them. Although, very well respected people in the world of bodybuilding have the same thing. Lyle McDonald has the Rapid Fatloss Handbook as well as he other well known diets for competitors and Guide to Flexible Dieting. Joel Marion has Cheat Your Way Thin Extreme. These are serious diets for people looking for serious results in the shortest time possible. These diets are out there even for athletes.

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MRSP90X 4/25/2013 12:18AM

    I do not care for TV celebs at all, and would never take any advice from them. Although, very well respected people in the world of bodybuilding have the same thing. Lyle McDonald has the Rapid Fatloss Handbook as well as he other well known diets for competitors and Guide to Flexible Dieting. Joel Marion has Cheat Your Way Thin Extreme. These are serious diets for people looking for serious results in the shortest time possible. These diets are out there even for athletes.

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JUSTME29 4/24/2013 11:12PM

    Maybe you'll have to write the book yourself. Tagline - "only have to lose it once"

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JANICEMC 4/24/2013 10:59PM

    Well said!

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HOWIEANN 4/24/2013 8:23PM

    emoticon I so agree with you!

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LOVINGTORUN 4/24/2013 7:25PM

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MOMPPCL 4/24/2013 6:35PM

    Great blog. Common sense isn't so common and it's refreshing to see some of it here. There is no secret, other than having a wholesome diet with lots of fruits and veggies and moving our bodies. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/24/2013 6:34PM

    I agree! And you are so right - I wonder how different things would be for me if I worked on liking myself as hard as I do disliking myself?

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STONECOT 4/24/2013 5:37PM

    Part of the trouble is that people are not willing to invest time and hard work into living healthy lives, they just want a quick fix. So when books come out, offering a magic wand, they are happy to buy into it. This is the only body I am ever going to get, and I wasted a number of years complaining about it. Now I love it. It's the same body, but I have changed. I now appreciate how hard it works, and how healthy and resilient it is.

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BEECHNUT13 4/24/2013 5:21PM

    I am also sick of the crap. It doesn't work. And it just makes us fatter and more depressed. I like focusing on strength and stamina, not on calories and weight loss. It's much happier and healthier over here...

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A*L*P* 4/24/2013 5:06PM

    I guess when I say 'forced' I should say more 'bombarded' with. And yes, you're right, we're not forced it is just sometimes hard to shut out. After reading The Religion of Thinness, it really opened up my eyes to what the media is all about when it comes to the industry. And yes, it does suck.

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PRETTYPITHY 4/24/2013 4:58PM

    Agree with you strenuously on everything except for one point:

"We're force fed images of the red carpet, Victoria's Secret Angels, cover models from all sorts of different magazines. Airbrushed hell."

We are actually willing consumers of this culture. No one forces us to watch TV commercials or buy US Weekly. When I actively seek out alternate media, I vote with my feet. I tell the industry I've had it and they won't get my dollars. If we continue to tune in, we continue to support the system that denigrates us with each passing day. We DO have a choice as to whether we participate in a culture of obsession.

That said, it totally sucks that we have to make that choice. emoticon

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MCSTAR 4/24/2013 4:54PM

    emoticon You are so right. I am working on loving the body I have which starts by taking care of it- eating healthy and exercising. The more that I take care of it the better I will feel and look- ultimate bonus!!

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SINGER73 4/24/2013 4:52PM

    I think once you relax and start to appreciate where you are today, then you will be able to move forward. As far as reaching that certain number on the scale. That's not the only number that matters. Actually, that is the least number that matters. Check out my blog for Week 17 and you will see what I mean.

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DWSCHUYLER 4/24/2013 4:41PM

    Well said! It's scary to me when people with supposed credentials are recommending these things, so a lot of people who haven't done research believe it.

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