Mount Everest verses Mount Maintenance
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
This was a fairly good comparison from Refuse to Regain. The author is promoting the paleo way of eating which is no starches and no sugars. I eat low carb starches. However,no matter what plan of eating you are on, she has some good insights into maintenance.
I like the term diet of conviction..although i have to get rid of the connotation that diet means trying to lose weight..here it means having an eating plan of conviction.
I also love number 4. You have to learn to love the new you and the process it takes to maintain that.
I also found gong foods, thrill eating, and second hand food to be interesting.
Mount Everest verses Mount Maintenance:
Only 20 percent of the people who climb Mt.Everest make it to the top. The key is preparation. Less than 5 percent of people succeed in their climb up Mount Maintenance.
1. Food avalanche: We live in a food flood with an entire culture devoted to encouraging you to eat. Expect to be buried and make sure you have the tools to dig out. ( Advertising by the food industry, food availability 24 hours a day, seductive foods made by food labs, the cost of healthy foods over junk foods, a culture where mindless eating and being obese is prevalent and accepted are forces in this flood.)
2. Habit crevasse: You have eaten in a certain way for a lifetime. It is easy to fall into a rut, you can't get out of. Relearning is needed to break such habits such as comfort eating and thrill eating.
3. An icy metabolism: You have just lost weight, but the fat cells that contained that weight are still part of your body. Biochemical signals that accompany weight loss may prompt you to overeat and will need to be overcome. In addition your genetic tendency to gain weight still remains. Although you may look slim you are a POW..previously overweight person. You do not have the physiology of a NOW..a never overweight person.
4.Climber's Fatigue: Losing weight was an exciting, attention getting makeover. Permanence requires a relentless, daily attention to detail that no one but you may notice. This phase will only work if you learn to deeply love the new you and the very process that allows you to stay as you are. Not only can you do this, but it will also be highly rewarding.
5. Bad trail markers: There is a lot that can lead you in the wrong direction in commonly accepted nutritional wisdom. Many of the foods we consider staples are easily eliminated without harmful effect and are key for POWs..ie sugar and starches.
6. Inadequate conditioning: climbing any mountain whether real or figurative, requires physical strength. As the years pass it is almost impossible to achieve permanence unless you establish an athletic identity.
7.Dangerous Footing: travel, stress, occasions both happy and sad all provide opportunities for slippage.
8. Sabatogue: The very friends and family who love you may have trouble with your healthy habits and may try to overturn your efforts at permanence. It's not personal..It just is.
Diet of conviction: choose your eating plan and develop a strong belief that it is a good one for you. Diet in this sense is not connected to weight loss, it means an eating plan.
Food assault: unwanted intrusions of food in a maintainer's life.
Food creep: the tendency for more food, particularly sugar and starches to creep back into your life.
Gong food: an intensely flavored sugar or starch food that simulates a ringing
bell when consumed.
Thrill eating: the sport of eating just for fun.
Revenge clothes: form fitting clothes that look great on you now that you are thinner.
Second Hand Food: Like second hand smoke. The presence of unwanted food in a confined area can be harmful..ie junk foods in office spaces.
Maintenance Junior: Derived from just reduced, a person who is just beginning the process of maintaining weight.
SLIM: someone who is at the senior level of maintenance...a person who is maintaining their weight skillfully.
Weight Mentor: a senior maintainer who has reached the highest level of skill and commitment.
I find it interesting that weight mentor is her highest level of achievement. I think Spark People offers all of us the chance to be weight mentors and thus to be successful.