How to Escape the Diet Trap

Yo-yo-diets

It's Time To Do Things Different.

Deep in thought with friends last night, the conversation turned to Jenni Murray and the open letter published yesterday morning. That letter was written in direct response to a dilemma which is familiar the world over to literally millions and millions of people: yo- yo dieting.

It is a very real concept a very real diet trap and it keeps millions of us unhappy and pre-occupied and, well, generally missing the point of life.

As each new commercial dieting program comes to us (Dukan, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Cabbage Soup, High-fibre, Low-fat, Zone, the list is endless), we sincerely believe it will make a difference to our mal-nourished bodies. And we try again for weight loss. What we forget, time and again, is that diets don’t work. At best, they are always a short term solution: most of us can lose weight if we set our minds to it but how many of us manage to sustain the weight loss? Short term gratifications (new clothes, new shoes, new hair cut, new man, new party) seduce us down the diet path but what is it that you want, long term?

If your long term wish is to be free to live life fully, to enjoy each day without waking up and venturing into battle with your self, to be “normal” around food and to understand food and the response it can trigger in our bodies then take a little education.

Take a look at the article Fat Storage Machine and learn about the relationship of sugar and insulin  and the response it has on your body. Further reading here on exactly how our modern diet is fuelling the obesity epidemic and try this excellent item Bad Fat – Good Fat to open your eyes to thebenefits of eating saturated fat in our diet. Challenge your current behaviours, think Human Shaped! Be radical. Eat bacon. Stand up, stretch and take a look around. If you keep doing what you’ve always done you will continue to get what you’ve always got.

Do your reading, do your thinking and make good choices. Every day what you do defines who you are. Get a few recipes under your belt, understand what you can and can’t eat for optimal health , use our ancestors as your point of reference (did they eat it,  would they recognise it as food) and never ever forget the fact that it is the food that is making you fat NOT some lack of will power or failing in you. It is the food that causes addictions and triggers behavioural responses such as overeating. Not you. It is a biochemical response. Chemistry. Not you. Clean up your diet and the bio-chemical reactions go, the behavior triggers go and now you have a fighting chance to achieve those long term goals.

And so, now we read that  Jenni Murray has opted for Weight Watchers.

Do you think this is the answer?

About Paleo Works

Paleo Works Have you ever wondered how you arrived at “being overweight” and thought how difficult it is to get rid of and keep off those excess pounds? Hi, I’m Katie and together with Mike my husband, we are Paleo Works. As a busy working mum of four, I often watched others embark on weight loss progammes only to return to their start weight (and then some) shortly after reaching their target. Why was this happening? Conventional dietary wisdom would have us believe that it’s YOU who has failed. But Mike and I thought different. We felt that there had to be something wrong with that conventional dietary wisdom after all we can’t all be hopeless? So we studied intensely, sought out advice and read avidly. We questioned robustly and talked with many on various 'dieting' regimes. What we found was radical, our story has to be told, our knowledge has to be shared. So If you are ready to stop blaming your self for being overweight and ready to change your approach to weight loss then contact us and let’s get started!

Posted on April 22, 2012, in Paleo Diet, Yo-yo Dieting and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Sorry it took me so long to read and answer. I was keeping away from the high glycemic carbs. I am convinced that is how I lost the weight. Now that I am at a weight I want to be at I need to be able to eat the right foods and keep them interesting. And I love everything I’m not supposed to eat. :-( Any suggestions on getting the right amount of protein? Fiber? Thanks

  2. And one more site for PaleoWorks to see:

    http://reason.com/blog/2012/04/23/blogging-about-the-paleo-diet-can-get-yo

    Absolutely absurd! Thankfully, Arizona has no such useless licensing board.

  3. Since I can’t find the CONTACT info for PaleoWorks, I hope they read this, as such absurd regulation may impact us all:

    http://volokh.com/2012/04/25/be-careful-recommending-your-own-diet-without-a-license/

    These are the jokers who push grain, do not know that the correlation between high serum cholesterol and High Fructose Corn Syrup is tighter than it is with saturated fats or eating cholesterol (e.g. crustaceans), and that a breakfast starts with Kellog’s or General Mills mostly-sugar cereals. And if WE offer readers sound, healthy advice, WE are the bad guys????

    Be wary of well-meaning, nice-sounding government encroachment into our lives.

  4. I really don’t know that one diet lifestyle works for everyone. I read your blog with a lot of interest and learn quite a bit. However I can’t eat like you do. First I am not really sure what to eat. I can’t do a fatty foods, they make me ill. The smell of eggs cooking turns my stomach, and nuts and seeds are a definite no no.
    I have lost almost 20 lbs since the beginning of the year and I am good with the weight I am at. I am trying to keep it to real food and little to no processed, but it is not easy when there is no time or money. I am getting very bored with the food I am eating.

    Any ideas?

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