Losing weight

Dieting is a symptom of affluenza. We give ourselves too many treats, simply because we can. Our systems are set up to feast on sweet, salt and fatty foods when we can get them, because in a ‘natural’ situation they are rare and precious. Have them every day, and your body starts to feel the strain in all sorts of ways. Weight gain is just one of them, but it’s the one we tend to focus on.
Feasting is fine in the short term; we lay down fat that we can draw on in the lean times. When we fast – and a crash diet is a kind of fast – our metabolism slows down, so that we are more likely to survive a famine. That means that if you’ve been through a dieting regime, and you go back to eating ‘normally’ at the end of it, you’re likely to put the weight straight back on again. The dieting industry makes millions every year from people – mostly women – who try one diet after another without much to show for it in terms of weight loss, except in the wallet, and a great deal of stress on their bodies, their emotional balance, and their long-suffering families.
The only truly sustainable way to get to your optimum weight, and stay there, is to eat – wait for it – lots and lots of vegetables, a modest amount of good quality protein, and hardly any carbohydrate-rich food. That’s it. Surprisingly enough, that’s also the diet most likely to keep you in good health. There really are no short-cuts without a high price to pay.

 

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