Everywhere we look, we’re flooded with diets. Magazines, radio and TV, laptops, and even our mobile devices gush diet ads. “Your body is not okay the way it is, and we can slim you down forever,” they say, just as they have for the past six decades. If we’re not prepared, we can get caught up in the tide.
The other night on the radio, a talk show host said he was had to start counting points again because his seat belt on the plane had stretched to the limit. “Back to the diet,” he said in a flat voice. But then his tone changed as he talked it up, trying to convince himself and us, saying it was what had worked for him – he’d lost 60 pounds on the system – and gained it all back. I choked. It worked? If it worked, why does he have to do it again? How many times is enough? If he’s like most dieters, he’ll be losing weight and gaining it all back plus more for the rest of his life.
We’re flooded with diets because they make money for the diet industry, including publishers. Seven of the top twenty NY Times Best Sellers in the Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous category are diet books.
Have diet gurus actually discovered something new? No. Have independent tests confirmed their followers never need to diet again? No. Yet these authors invariably claim that their system will be our “last diet.”
I admit that reading up on the latest diet used to give me a rush and make my hopes sail. Not any more. All weight loss diets are based on food restriction, which ultimately causes weight gain. Ugh! A 2014 NBC News report says Diets Don’t Work for Long, Review Shows
(That was my experience, too. Click here to read my story.)
Since diets don’t work for long, let’s avoid the flood of diet products and instead seek higher ground, where we can enlist our body’s natural hunger-fullness feedback system, like babies do. There’s so much more to life than dieting.
Posted on March 24, 2015