Having dieted on and off most of my adult life I can recall many different methods. Let’s see:
There was the weigh every scrap of food you eat.
There was the ‘use a small plate’ to make it look like there’s more than there really is.
There was the food pyramid and the updated food pyramid.
There were probably others as well that I can’t recall.
Now current best practice is using your hand to measure portion sizes.
Then there’s been the raging debate ab0ut fats, salt and sugar. Low fat products are often loaded with sugar and salt to make up for the taste. That’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul to create a false sense of control. It’s the same diet sugars. The artificial ones are toxic and actually make you crave more sweets.
And not enough of the right kind of fats means your body may not have enough fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, K) essential to health and wellbeing. Salt is equally as important and essential to our health and wellbeing. I recall a story many years ago of someone who reduced their salt intake so much they had a cardiac arrest. Fortunately a person who knew how to resuscitate was close by and able to intervene until the ambulance arrived.
So what do we learn from all this? Read food labels. Make informed decisions based on reliable information. Use common sense and moderation ensuring a balance of nutrients and intake/output with which to fuel your body.
And do you know what? If I have learned nothing else over a life time of yo-yo dieting, it’s that too strong a focus on dieting and all that it means only makes me crave more of the things I should avoid or only have as an occasional treat.
© Raili Tanska
Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy