How is it going this New Year?
Diet seems to be the hot topic on our agenda.
That word DIET brings up stuff for most of us.
Diet has two meanings according to our Concise Oxford English Dictionary (1):
1. the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.
2. a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves to lose weight or for medical reasons.
Eating the same kinds of food constantly is a diet because the dictionary has told us.
What happens if we keep eating similar foods day in day out?
Are we changing anything by ‘habitually’ eating the same foods?
Are we actually supporting our body by sticking to the same foods?
Are we aware of what our body is communicating with our eating habits?
Are our repeated food behaviour patterns serving us?
Are our habitual kinds of foods offering us true nourishment?
Are our habits of ‘eating 3 meals a day’ working for us?
Are our food habits keeping us in our comfort?
Are our same same habits boring us?
Are our fixed food habits supporting us to truly evolve?
There is much here to consider if we think that a good diet is sticking to what you have always done and not going out of the box so to speak.
Next – the diet we need to follow because of medical reasons.
How do we honestly feel when we get told we have to change our food habits?
How do we react when a medical professional tells us we cannot eat this or that?
How do we start thinking when our health depends on what we put into our mouth?
How is life when when we are forced to change against our will, because of medical reasons?
This blog will focus on the meaning most of us relate to when we hear the word ‘diet’, which is weight loss.
Every New Year, the media is covered with the latest diets, which of course are different every single year.
Have we bothered to stop and ask the WHY questions?
WHY is our priority suddenly the latest diet?
WHY is our focus placed on being slim and not healthy?
WHY is cabbage soup after a Christmas binge not feeling great?
WHY do we need another new diet?
WHY do we want an exciting diet?
WHY do diets change our moods?
WHY do we put so much pressure at each New Year on dieting?
WHY do we think the glossy magazines are real life pictures?
WHY do we struggle so much with our body shape?
WHY are we so fixed on changing our body shape?
WHY are we so fixated on food and dieting?
WHY are diet apps not cutting it for us?
WHY are there so many diet books to choose from?
WHY are we demanding others to tell us what to eat?
WHY are Fad diets not helping us with our weight issues?
WHY are the happy feel good diets not delivering happiness?
WHY are we constantly thinking about food when we go on a diet?
WHY are we committed to diet but no other areas of our lives?
WHY are diets not sustainable long term?
WHY has last year’s diet stopped working for us?
WHY has every diet failed to bring long-term satisfaction?
WHY do diet regimes damage our hormonal system?
WHY do diets make it biologically difficult to lose weight? (2)
WHY can diets lead to eating disorders?
WHY do we keep coming back to the concept of diets, even though we know deep down they do not work?
WHY are our diets not working?
WHY are we so desperate to be thin?
WHY are calorie restricted regimes making us frustrated?
WHY are we ignoring our body most of the time?
WHY are we not asking how the excess got there in the first place?
WHY are we not prepared to look at the whole big picture?
WHY do we starve ourselves in the name of diet?
WHY do we embark on the latest diet as if it something different?
WHY do we want quick and fast results?
WHY do we diet for others to see us differently?
WHY are diet books so boring?
WHY are diet cook books not sustaining for us?
WHY are we following our favourite celebrity diet?
WHY do we discard our diets books so quickly?
WHY do we go on crash diets?
WHY do we diet for a special day?
WHY are we so dis-honest when it comes to diet?
WHY are our best intentions not enough?
Why are we piling on more fat when we go on that new diet?
WHY are our supermarket shelves filled with tempting foods?
WHY are we banging on about diets every New Year?
WHY are diets lacking inspiration in the long term?
WHY are all diets not giving us what we want consistently?
WHY are some of our ‘healthy’ advisors on food and nutrition not looking that great?
WHY are we listening to people who tell us to diet and cut out this and that but they are still doing it?
WHY do we have a set picture in our mind about what we want as the end result from our latest diet?
WHY have we not considered that our ugly choices might be the reason why we need to grab a New Year diet?
WHY do we crave the bikini body?
WHY do we have this false ideal to be thin?
WHY do we want to pump up the muscles in a false way?
WHY does dieting lead to over-eating?
WHY does the word diet bring up so many images in our head?
WHY are diet meal replacement drinks half price at New Year?
WHY are there so many diets out there and they just keep coming?
WHY are the media reporting on the dangers of fast diets at New Year? (3)
WHY do we think a diet that our ancestors had is going to work for us now?
WHY do we always give up on diets at some point and move onto a new diet?
We all know we just don’t wake up one day with a big belly and a double chin overnight.
We all know that something is not right and on goes the weight.
We all know that our ‘common sense hat’ is nowhere on our radar and we seem to go on our merry-go-round every January doing the same thing.
WHY do we bother to convince ourselves that this year there is going to be change?
WHY do we know deep down that we simply don’t like the word diet?
WHY do we feel diets are not a natural way?
WHY do we get so down when the scales tell us the truth?
WHY do we want to diet for other people to notice us?
WHY do we diet and then it all goes back on soon after?
WHY do we keep going back to the concept of diets?
WHY do we spend so much time thinking about food when we diet?
WHY do we have this irresponsible way of thinking that says –
“Let’s get rid of that excess eating and drinking as party season is now over and back to real life”.
WHY are we not educating ourselves about metabolism?
WHY are we not learning that excess eating does not work for our body?
WHY is it that our bodies cannot deal with excess and then extreme dieting?
WHY has our relationship with food changed so much?
Could it be possible that restriction of foods is not the answer for our body?
Could it be possible that we need to adopt a sensible approach for our diet?
Could it be possible that our body is not designed to be abused with food?
Could it be possible that our body reacts to excess of anything that is consumed?
Could it be possible that we love our comfort foods as it helps us bury our hurts?
Could it be possible that we like the sugar in foods as it keeps us going?
Could it be possible that we want a diet to change the shape of our body because we don’t like how we feel inside our body?
Could it be possible that our diet books are a solution to our irresponsible eating habits?
Could it be possible that our emotions dictate what we eat?
Could it be possible that we crave foods when we feel empty and dis-connected?
Could it be possible that we eat when we are bored?
Could it be possible we eat to reward ourselves?
Could it be possible we eat foods that protect us from hurting anymore?
Could it be possible we go for the wrong foods to dull our awareness?
Could it be possible we shove food down us when we feel amazing?
Could it be possible our food choices are not allowing us to evolve?
Could it be possible that this is why we feel stuck in our lives?
Could it be possible that fast foods get us addicted as we do not register the food in our belly, so we seek more of the same?
Could it be possible that we have a habit of over-eating when we are not feeling great?
Could it be possible that our eating habits need refining – adjusting so to speak, depending on where we are at in our lives?
Could it be possible that foods that supported us in the past, no longer do?
Example – Bread
Could it be possible that bread is not needed because it contains gluten which is a glue?
Could it be possible that we eat fillers like bread, cake and pastries to fill ourselves up?
Could it be possible that we continue to eat foods that cause us discomfort because we just like the taste in our mouths?
Could it be possible that these gluten filled foods, leave us bloated and hungry soon after we have eaten them?
Could it be possible that these empty foods do not offer us any true nourishment?
Could it be possible that we opt for the convenient quick route when it comes to eating?
Could it be possible that we limit our foods to fit into what our limited mind is telling us?
Can we even consider life without toast and sandwiches?
Could it be possible that we go on a diet because we have a picture, an image of how we want to look and feel?
Have we ever wondered WHY animals only eat what they need to and never anymore?
2016 Global Weight Loss and Diet Industry Report is a professional in-depth detailed research report on the world major market conditions of the Weight Loss and Diet Industry. The focus is on analysing the main regions which are – North America, Europe and Asia. The main countries are United States, Germany, Japan and China. (5)
The market conditions analysed include the product price, profit, capacity, production, capacity utilization, supply, demand and industry growth rate etc.
This 149 page report costing $2,850 introduces the Weight Loss and Diet basics: definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain overview; industry polices and plans; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures and more…
There are six parts dealing with:
1 Basic Information
2 Asia Weight Loss and Diet Industry
3 North American Weight Loss and Diet Industry
4 European Weight Loss and Diet Industry
5 Market Entry and Investment Feasibility
6 Report Conclusion
What does this mean to us jo public reading a blog?
What bit did we get lost at?
Who reads all this stuff?
Do we know that this report is because we the general public are spending big bucks and contributing to this Diet and Weight Loss Industry?
Can we get our head around the fact that this business is worth over $200,000,000,000? –
Those big numbers mean two hundred billion dollars!
How can something be worth so much but the truth is we do not seem to be getting anywhere?
Is anything in our world making any sense to us on the street?
Check out these facts –
So here we have a bigwig who has been involved in heaps of studies and writes in many publications and presents globally on matters relating to physiology, behaviour, nutrition, obesity, food, diets and just about everything we need to know about. This man knows his stuff and it is well worth us paying attention to what he is saying here about diets and WHY they simply do not work for us.
WHY are Fad diets not working for us at New Year or any other time of the year?
What does Fad mean?
The internet definition tells us – an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived.
Our reliable Concise Oxford English Dictionary tells us simply – it is a Craze. (1)
WHY do we place such an extreme demand on our precious body?
Could it be possible that if we join the dots there could be a simple clue here?
Could it be possible the intensity comes with a force so it is not our natural choice?
Could it be possible that this un-natural way of living is WHY it is short-lived?
Could it be possible that the enjoyment is not real so it simply does not last?
Could it be possible that the ra ra is because others jump on the band-wagon?
Could it be possible that short-term distraction suits our lifestyle?
Could it be possible that Fad diets achieve widespread popularity but soon become last season, as it is replaced by the next new Fad diet?
Factors such as –
Rising obesity rates
Increasing risks of lifestyle diseases
Increasing number of bariatric surgeries
Increase in disposable incomes
Increase in technological advancements
Strong government support and funding
ALL the above factors are promoting growth of this market. (9)
Is this making any sense?
Can we join the dots here?
This is one country who has an obesity crisis and these figures confirm why.
Is diet simply a solution?
Is any diet a form of ‘reductionism’?
In other words, we go for the quick ‘band aid to the bullet wound’ approach because we want to fix the problem in the hope that it will just go away.
Why are we not stopping and asking how come we are consuming so much fast foods and junk foods?
WHY are we demanding more of the foods that make us obese?
What is going on for us that we need to eat junk food?
Does eating junk food give us a life that feels like junk?
Is fast food supporting our ‘on the go’ fast lifestyle?
Are we as individuals not willing to take responsibility for what we eat?
Are we making sure the diet industry makes money out of our ill choices?
What if there is another way?
Photo 2 No diet and No exercise regime.
Just simple Lifestyle choices inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon.
After spending thousands of pounds to lose a few pounds (pun intended) on a 21 day intense raw food diet, with no TV or radio I lost weight daily. At the end of the detox, back at the airport I made sure I got there 5 hours early to reward myself with some “real food”. My first course was a hot dog, crisps and soda. Main course was a family size pizza. At the stop over flight change, I ate a Chinese meal.
The raw food detox is simply not sustainable because it just did not feel true to eat that sort of food. Cold raw food all the time never felt like nurturing or nourishing foods.
The detox is based on cutting out Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Alcohol, Caffeine, Meat and Fish so the natural consequence of that is weight loss. But this weight loss was not sustainable because I could not see myself eating raw foods for the rest of my life. So I got back home and piled on the pounds eating plenty of gluten and dairy products and drinking alcohol most days. – Tim Bowyer
Is it time we stopped blaming the diet industry?
Is it high time we got real and honest?
Is it time to change our priority in life?
Is it time to start making food choices which work for us?
Is it time we started to look at what the diet and food industry are doing as a collective to all of our nations’ bodies?
Is it time to look at what part we are playing in this game where we will never win?
Are we ready to take RESPONSIBILITY to make sensible eating a way of life that does not restrict us but truly supports us – like Tim Bowyer?
That simply means we call the shots as we start to listen to what our body wants.
We then commit to living a life that is about being honest about everything that is not working.
We choose to feel what to eat and then check in with how we feel after we have eaten.
We say no to abuse and our dis-regarding attitude when it comes to food and other lifestyle choices.
In answer to the title question – DO DIETS WORK?
NO – we just cannot sustain something that restricts us in anyway. We are a race of beings that are constantly changing. We are not the same everyday even if we force our food habits, day in and day out, into our tired exhausted body which is calling for change.
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