Finally I get it: dieting doesn't work
Saturday, July 09, 2016
I have been dieting for nearly all of my adult life, on and off. I think that I am living proof that diets don't work. I am 48 today and have realised this last week that I have now come full circle. I mean I started in my early 20's with the low fat diet. Low fat everything, it worked very well, but as soon as I stopped the weight just came back on. Since then I have chosen low fat versions of most things, if it were available, low fat cheese, low fat milk, diet drinks, low fat cakes instead of full fat, less than 5% fat oven chips, reduced fat mayonnaise,fry light cooking spray etc.
I have since tried all of the main diets over the years and some of the fad diets. Some worked well initially,others didn't.
Recently I have been concentrating on whole healthy foods instead. I use good wholesome wholegrain(as far as reasonably practical) The less processed the better. I realised the other day that I have started cooking several recipes which would not have been unfamiliar to my mother and even Grandmothers. I made macaroni cheese with butter and full fat cheese. I've made fairy cakes, shepherds pie and country pie. Including butter as the fat used or virgin olive oil. When I have had these foods I have still kept within my calorie range (or close enough to be in deficit still). I am not as good at reaching my vitamin targets but I think some of that is due to the limitations of the spark food recording system. For example when I put the local milk into the system I am not able to add calcium content into the tracker. It is not possible to add vitamins etc. So I suspect I am having more than the tracker suggests. I can't even add a vitamin supplement tablet to see if I make up the deficit.
Gradually I am replacing a number of those low fat cooking techniques I have employed over the years with more traditional cooking methods. I haven't dry fried in months, using butter or virgin olive oil.
I was merely overweight when I started on this destructive yo-yo diet cycle. I have come a full circle and believe that infact all those diets have contributed in making me obese. Instead of dieting I needed to look at my life, incorporate exercise and eat in moderation and ensure that I was getting the nutrients I needed. At the start, nearly 30 years ago, if I had just made one or two small changes I may never have been fighting with my weight my entire adult life.