The Diet Conundrum

There are countless diets that claim to be the quick and easy weight loss solution. We have the lose fourteen pounds in two weeks diet, the 2-step plan diet, the high-protein diet, the low-calorie diet, the fasting (no-eating) diet, the rub this cream on your belly diet and so on. These diets all claim to work long-term. They claim to be easy and effective, requiring almost no work or lifestyle change. Follow the diet for the specified amount of time and poof—almost like magic—you’re thin (again, or for the first time in your life).

If this is true and it’s really that easy, how is it possible that 34% of Americans are obese and almost 33% (one-third) are overweight? Today, obesity affects more than 72 million Americans. That leaves only one-third of the population in a healthy weight range. If these lose weight quick diets work, why are we getting fatter? Rates of obesity have increased by 11% over the past twenty years. But since 1990, a third of us have been as overweight as we are today. We have all these wonderful easy diets that work, yet the statistics continue to increase? I’m not a trained mathematician or statistician, but this doesn’t make sense to me.

Most would agree it takes time to gain weight. It doesn’t typically happen overnight. It might feel like it does. It might feel like yesterday we were twenty-three—stuffing our faces with chicken wings, cheesy garlic bread and beer—only to wake up at thirty-five and discover our bellies are soft and our rears don’t fit into anything we own anymore. Or maybe we’re closer to sixty and look back at pictures of ourselves, unable to recognize who that person is. The overindulging has typically been going on for years, and years, and at some point our bodies finally give way to the laziness of our choices. Our bodies give way to the toxicity of our choices. So why once we realize we have gained weight are we in such a hurry to lose weight? Why the rush?

I too would love to believe in the quick-fix, take-a-pill, don’t-change-a-thing-except-maybe-don’t-eat-carbs or maybe-just-don’t-eat-at-all, diets? I would also love to believe in fairy tales and Santa Claus, but the truth is I have to work at my relationship with Price Charming and I have to buy the Christmas presents and even wrap them every year. It’s work.

I know … I know … it sucks to be told the truth—that losing weight comes down to eating healthy and exercising. I know … finding time to exercise is hard and vegetables don’t seem to taste as good as other foods. But it’s pretty amazing how our taste buds change and how we find the extra time once we’re on the realistic road to healthy weight loss. Healthy meals need not be boring and believe it or not, walking is considered exercise. The sooner we understand our happiness is about health—a healthy body mass index (BMI) and a healthy weight—we’re on the right path to looking and feeling great, no matter our age or number of pounds to lose. First step—The Community Cleanse.

Happy cleansing cleansers!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on May 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Vraiement awesome post, Laura!

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