From a strictly nutritional stand point, a diet is simply “the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.”
No sacrifice stated or implied.
Every organism alive is on a DIET…has been since it’s life began…and will be till it’s life ends.
A human baby thrives on a diet of milk alone–natural or “formulated”. Soon enough that diet expands to include strained thises and thats; and before long the transition to solid food. Somehow these youngsters know when they reached a healthy limit and they turn instantly to some other diversion.
Never bored, and living in a relatively stress free world, they simply eat to live rather than “living to eat”.
Living to eat comes later, and is a learned rather than instinctual response to hunger.
Exposure to the all pervasive world of advertising comes along at just about the same time as the transition to solid food. Now instead of being satisfied by the healthful and nutritious offerings from a loving parent, they are tempted and re-tempted by a constant barrage of far from healthy, so-called, food.
Prove it to yourself. Watch an hour or so of what is currently being offered as and see for yourself. A few dozen empty calorie messages later, you will probably find yourself very “hungry”; and it will be a totally misguided hunger that has nothing to do with “eating to live”.
And thus begins the “eating in response to” experience. Some of us eat “in response” to boredom; for many it is stress; for some it comes with frustration. For a lot of us it is simply a response to suggestion–TV, and radio, magazine ads, billboard blasts,–you name it. It often seems that the world is conspiring to cause unhealthy diets.
Just how effective that “conspiracy” can be is borne out by the fact that over half of the world’s population is overweight. Over HALF–and increasing (poor pun intended) every year. And that’s in the face of natural selection–nature’s way of “thinning the herd”. We who are overweight tend to die sooner–the ultimate “double whammy”. We pay a dear price for these extra pounds; and our kids are practically assured of the same fate.
Since you’ve read this far, it’s safe to assume that you’ve already been around the “dieter’s world/hell” long enough to be familiar with the buzz words: NEW MIRACLE DIET, LOSE WEIGHT FAST, THE LAST DIET YOU WILL EVER NEED, GREEN/BLACK/WHITE TEA DIET, etc.
Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all, put things in a new perspective. Google returned 29,500,000 results for the word “diets”. That’s TWENTY NINE AND A HALF MILLION.
Can they all be effective? Sure. Because the bottom line for all of them…at least the legal ones…is simple: EAT LESS…EXERCISE MORE. Twenty nine and a half million pages condensed into four words. And you thought this was gonna be tough?
Sure, lots of those millions of pages suggest that you: EAT LESS…EXERCISE MORE and “drink this magic tea” or “eat this magic supplement” or “drink gallons of cabbage soup” or some such.
The question that so many of us fail to ask is: “What happens if I just EAT LESS…EXERCISE MORE and also save a gazillion dollars by not buying any of your magic pills, potions and soup recipes?”
We all know the answer; yet we continue searching for the quick and easy diet, routine, and/or supplement.
At the risk of short circuiting over twenty-nine million other suggestions, it’s time to accept the fact that the only “magic” is in us–programmed there since birth. We simply need to get back in touch.
For the continued purposes of this blog and accompanying web site, we’re going to expand the theme a bit:
EAT…MORE OR LESS AND EXERCISE…MORE OR LESS.
With 125 extra pounds between us, Gayle and I have embarked on a realistic and achievable goal.
PS Don’t let the pictures frighten you…..
PPS Read about increase immune system.
Tags: Health and Fitness