Everyone loves to hear that the ‘secret’ to weight loss has been found. It’ll be easy and, most importantly fast! It’s the American dream. There are thousands, hell probably millions of websites and posts on the internet claiming that they have done it. They have found the secret to looking like a supermodel and the best part is, you only have to eat 1 food, or take 1 pill! Hot damn! You mean I can go from this:
In just a few short weeks?! And I don’t even have to get off the couch or stop eating garbage?! ‘Murica!
Except no. I would like to think that most people know this but the alarming number of ads I see claiming just this leads me to believe that people still think it’s possible.
And the constant emergence of new diet trends promises the same, in a somewhat more reasonable way. The tricky part is, unlike the click bait for various pills, most of the diets work. At least for a while. While their key step is usually eliminating a food group (Fat free! Low carb!) they also tell their followers that they need to cut out junk food, eat carefully portioned meals and get off their asses and move around regularly. So yes, the diets seem to work great.
But then the crash happens. After denying your body of a basic food group (which both fats and carbs are, remember) the cravings become too much and people give up. And after being with out, overindulge.
People, myself included, don’t want to hear that weight loss takes work. And time. It can take months, or even years, to get to a healthy weight. But I also firmly believe that doing it right by not denying yourself any food that your body needs, by not restricting calories so low that your body can’t function at full capacity, by focusing on how to take care of yourself versus look good in a bikini, you will actually be less miserable during the process.
Maybe I’m talking out of my ass. I’m not a trained, well, anything relevant to this topic. I’m just a girl who has read a lot of articles, watched a lot of documentaries, and talked to a lot of people. And this is what my brain has concluded makes the most sense.
I should start a diet. I could call it “Listen to your body, asshat”. The premise would be if you’re hungry, eat. If you’re not hungry, don’t eat/stop eating. If you’re body wants a thing, eat the thing. If you’re body doesn’t want it, don’t eat it. Eat things that are made in nature. Our bodies don’t understand chemicals. They confuse and infuriate them. Try not to eat them. The end.