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05 October 2006 @ 09:22 am
The root  
when someone says "I want to look like (fill in the blank)", it concerns me. I usually ask them why, and equally important: "And then what?"

"And then what?"
It gives a person pause. And it should. I'd worry if it didn't.
Few people think about what comes afterward, once the goal is reached.

"And then I'll be happy?"
"And then I'll finally get a date?"
"And then I'll go on vacation?"
What the hell is it that usually comes to mind?

Usually, it's unsaid but assumed that once weight loss happens, it won't require thought or effort anymore. And in a sense it's partially true. Once someone assumes a healthy lifestyle(assuming their weightloss was done healthfully), then that lifestyle is exactly that. Some of it becomes second nature, and it simply continues as such.

But quite often a person goes about their weight loss with good intentions and little else. A lot of people do make some effort. Usually they'll read some article and latch unto one sentence in that article with a deathgrip. Pilates will burn your middle! The zone is the answer! The only thing you have to do is count carbs!

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it a hundred times more. Most gimmicky, fashionable, buzz-wordy fad diets "work" (in the short run-- note the use of quotation marks). Yes, weight will be lost. That's not being disputed. They may even show results in the long term. Provided a person sticks to it, which 99% of the time, they won't. Partly because a fad diet isn't designed for the long term, and never intends to. And partly because the human mind isn't designed to use a fad for the long term-- for it's own self-preservation.

So what kind of weight is being lost? What is it doing to longterm health?

Provided a person chooses a healthy lifestyle, what comes after the goal is reached? It's a private, very personal question, but one that people should ask of themselves.

random tip of the day: (something I'm gonna try to do more often)

They say that eating more often raises the metabolism (provided these "snacks" don't raise a day's total of calories, they will promote weight loss, steadier metabolism and more stable appetite and blood sugar. But snacks that look like snacks tend to promote hunger. Snacks that look like mini-meals do the opposite. People who ate a typical looking snack, say a granola bar, candy, or energy drink in a can tended to eat 87% more at dinner than people who ate snacks that looked like mini-meals, even when the snacks and mini-meals were comperable in calories, fat and nutrition.

So if you're able, try to eat a snack on a plate. For example, a small side of lean, skinless chicken with a steamed veggie may have the same amount of calories as a snack sized bag of chips , or a granola bar, but make you eat less throughout the day.