Everywhere you look, people are talking about the latest diet that works – or so they say. But how can you find one that will help YOU lose weight?
Plenty of people are overweight these days. Nobody needs to feel alone with that problem. But for some people, they really don’t care and it’s not hardly a problem at all, while others are constantly seeing out the latest diet, hoping to find one that works for them. If that’s you, here are some things to look out for.
They want to make money from you
The first thing to keep in mind when you are looking for a successful weight loss strategy is that diets and diet foods are a multi-billion dollar industry. Yes, billions of dollars every year are made from people buying low fat or low carb foods, diet sodas, weight loss recipe books and other such things.
Now, if you were a manufacturer making these weight loss products, who would be your ideal customer? Is it the person who loses a ton of weight with your product and keeps it off, or the person who loses some weight and then puts it right back on?
It’s the second one, right? The person who yoyos back and forth losing and gaining weight will be a repeat customer who keeps coming back for your diet products. So maybe the manufacturers don’t really want us to find a diet that works… Scary, huh?
Fifty and sixty years ago, most people were not overweight
Look at old newsreels of crowd scenes or photos of high school kids from the 1960s and 1970s, and you will see that way more people were a healthy weight back then. Was it because they ate a ton of diet foods? No, most of the weight loss products we have now were not even available to buy in the 1960s.
So what did they do? They drank whole milk, they had butter on their potatoes, they ate desserts after dinner. All things that we are probably trying to quit right now.
And why didn’t they gain weight? There are several reasons.
1. They ate three filling meals a day and didn’t snack so much. Meals were mostly eaten at the table with all the family there.
2. They were more active. They probably didn’t go to the gym, but likely they walked more. Cleaning the house and yard took more time with less machinery.
3. Kids didn’t play video games all day because there weren’t any. They played a lot more games that involved moving around. This charged up their metabolism, so when they were grown, they kept the habit of moving more.
4. Everyone spent less time in front of screens. There was no internet to surf. People might watch TV, but not all day. When they did watch it, they had to pick between the shows that were being aired. They couldn’t watch their own choice of movie at home, or binge-watch Netflix. So maybe there would be one or two shows each evening that they wanted to watch, and they would sit and watch those. Then they would turn off the TV and do something else.
You see how life was different back then? They didn’t need diet sodas and low fat yogurts. Not that we should spend all our time eating sugar or anything. But instead of looking for a food to fix us, we should be putting down the food outside of mealtimes, and doing something different. Put food back in its place – at meals, at the table – if you want a diet that works.