Sunday, February 09, 2014
There are certain ideas that get repeated over and over again on Spark, and not just here, all over the reputable health and nutrition sites and magazines. You have to eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods and stay within a range of calories that is less than the amount of calories you expend. You need to track what you eat in some way, either in an online format or by journaling. You need to engage in some sort of exercise.
It is not rocket science, is it?
Actually doing them is hard, but in theory they are pretty simple rules. So it always amazes me when I read the message boards and see how many people believe that there is some way around them. So many people ask for advice that they really don't want. What they want is to be validated for making poor choices instead of doing what they know they need to do. I sort of talked about this in an earlier blog, Can't vs. Don't. It's not that you can't eat vegetables, make time to go to the gym, not eat fast food, it's that you DON'T eat vegetables, make time to go to the gym, not eat fast food. Which is totally fine, your body is your body--you can use it and fuel it however you see fit. But don't expect to be validated for your poor choices.
A lot of people post on the boards something like "I don't like to exercise, how do you make yourself like exercise?" and they will get a variety of responses from "Who cares if you like it? You don't like brushing your teeth either, but you do it because you need to." to heartfelt discussions about trying different activities like dancing, or just going for a walk. Almost invariably the original poster, or in some cases, another poster with a similar mindset will respond with, "No, you don't understand, I can't exercise" "I can't swim and it's too cold for walking outside and it's too far to the gym and I don't have a sitter for my kids and...." And you realize at some point that these people want to be told that it is ok for them not to exercise, that yes, in order to be healthy we need to move our bodies, but because they don't want to sweat, they don't have to, and here, you don't like vegetables, have a Snickers while you are sitting there watching The Biggest Loser and wishing that you could be thin too.
If there was a way to get in shape eating Snickers bars and sitting on the couch, I would be all over it, but there isn't.