Are you a zealot?
Thursday, December 05, 2013
There is a tendency among Sparklers and many weight loss enthusiasts toward black-and-white thinking (fast food bad - home cooked good, diet soda bad - water good). I ran across this numerous times four years ago and don't really care to run across it again. I realize people's hearts are in the right place but one size doesn't fit all. My lifestyle isn't conducive to home-cooked meals, and I agree with the experts - the nutritionists - who say that it depends on what you buy at fast food. I go for the healthy, balanced options under 500 calories per meal. Why paint all fast food with the same tired, evil brush?
Diet soda suffers a similar bad rap, and I'm so done with this topic I don't know why I'm bringing out this particular dead horse.
The research shows that there is nothing inherent in diet soda that causes weight gain, other than people's overcompensation tendencies. Blood sugar may also factor into this, but why blame diet soda for the fact that it tastes sweet? If you can't regulate your own diet, you have bigger problems than what kind of Coke to drink. The latter problem is also inherent in Crystal Light.
If you inhabit either/or thinking, you risk becoming a zealot. They tend to be counterproductive. My dentist was a "see me every six months or you'll lose your teeth" zealot, and she scared me so much that I didn't go back for two years. I didn't lose my teeth, but she did lose my business. You have to keep the end goal in mind. Is your goal to motivate people to lose weight or to have it your way?