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Losing Momentum

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I’ve been here before and I can tell you I hated it then, and I hate it now. It’s not so much a fail position as a No-Man’s-Land. I’m suspended on a high-wire, neither running smoothly nor crashed and burned – but I can see the crash site from here as I dangle, ungainly and unc0-ordinated.

The last three weeks have been hard work. Hard in that in my head, I’m going to do better each day but the reality is far from better and way closer to worse. I haven’t given up – haven’t even come close. I haven’t even considered giving up, which is the strong thread I’m holding onto at the moment.

I knew this would happen. I knew I’d get to the point where it would all start to fall apart, but I thought that I’d taken enough steps to prevent it this time. But now, as I look back over the last 7.5 weeks, I know full-well that I didn’t take many steps at all. I meant to, I wanted to, but I didn’t. I never got around to doing all the things I’d meant to do and now I’m suffering from it. (more…)

The Need for Food

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One of the complaints I hear most from people who carry extra weight but who struggle to lose it is, “But I hardly eat anything. How come I never lose any weight?”.

These people skip breakfast – or just have coffee, will have a sandwich for lunch and steamed vegetables for dinner, or a bowl of breakfast cereal instead. They consume a tiny number of calories and yet still, no matter what they do, their bodies will shed no fat.

The answer is in the question. It’s also in our genes and there is nothing we can do to change it, because the cause is something that actually helps us to survive. (more…)

What is “Normal” and Why Do We Care?

Before we can talk about how to get back to ‘normal’ in our diets or eating habits, we first need to establish what normal actually is and why it concerns us.

Of course, the word ‘normal’ carries with it a huge amount of emotional baggage and not all of it has anything to do with food or weight. For some of us, being labelled as normal is something of an insult. We don’t want to be normal, and resist any attempt to stick us in that basket. Normal somehow equates to boring and ordinary and seems to lack any possibility of ever being extraordinary or amazing. As a teenager I hated the idea of being normal. Well okay, maybe I’m still a bit like that today :-). Unfortunately for those parents out there, most teenagers feel like that way too. There seems to be something in our makeup that strives to be independent and not follow everyone else – even when it’s important we do.

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Have Years of Dieting Ruined “Normal”?

I was chatting to some ladies in my exercise class yesterday and they were talking about how a friend of theirs had been very successful losing 15 kg on a diet. They then went on to say that she preached about it all the time, as though she was terrified that if she stopped for just a second, it would all fall apart and she’s put all the weight back on.

She’s right to be afraid – after all, that’s what history has taught us, right?

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How to Evaluate a Diet – Part 2: 10 Essential Questions

Can’t say I’m a big fan of diets. The evidence is against them working all that well, and in a later post, I’ll go into the science of it a bit more. But these two posts are for those of you who still wish to go on some form of diet, and want to know how to tell the good from the bad. Below you’ll find a list of 10 Essential Questions to ask about your diet, together with a helpful Evaluation Sheet you can download.

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How to Evaluate a Diet – Part 1

You know how it goes – you’re watching television and an ad for life insurance comes on. At the end, they tell you to look at the product disclosure statement to decide if the product is suitable for you. But it’s full of small print and you simply can’t be bothered dragging out the magnifying glass to read it and the PhD in nuclear physics to understand it.  In the end, you just decide that it’s probably okay, and hand over your money.

Unfortunately, plenty of people – me included – do exactly the same thing when choosing a diet. It’s a tough decision – and not always an easy one. Why? Because in order to make a good decision, the first thing you need is quality information – and that’s not always available.

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Fad Diets: Outrageous Promises and Lying Frauds

Lose 10 pounds in 4 days! Shrink 5 dress sizes in two weeks! Get a flat tummy in just 10 days!

Ever get the feeling that some things are just too good to be true?

I’ve always thought that it’s entirely possible that saying was invented with the diet industry in mind.

The worst thing is, they – the diet industry, that is – know what we really want. They’ve done a lot of research and they know that we want to lose weight, to have that flat stomach and fabulous abs. They know we want it right now. And they know we’d do just about anything to get it – including suspending our disbelief just long enough for them to get some money off us. The problem is, it’s all lies.

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