It’s that time of year, I know. That time where every crazy idea about weight loss and getting ripped invades every media outlet in our lives. Just this week, I’ve seen very disturbing ads. Disturbing on one hand because they are utter ridiculousness. Disturbing on the other hand because of people’s reactions to them… or should I say blind faith in them being their magic bullet for weight loss. Oh, yeah, without having to do anything except buy and use this magical new product.
It makes me sad because of all the bullshit out there and people peddling this type of bullshit should be ashamed of themselves.
Actually, all diets work. Any way you can dream up to cut calories will usually result in weight loss (assuming no underlying health conditions, sleep and stress are in check, you have a healthy gut microbiome, have not screwed up your metabolism from a history of chronic dieting, etc. etc. etc.). So go for it – paleo, atkins, intermittent fasting, no white foods, whatever – they all work until you stop following them.
Ah, there’s the catch. Who could follow any of them for a lifetime? So, diets only work short term. Health is not a short term proposition. Diets don’t work.
Health is a field overwhelmed with experts and more who claim to be experts. On one end of the spectrum is Diet Culture offering quick, easy ways to get skinny and ripped for no effort and a few bucks. At the other end of the spectrum are the anti-diet, non-diet, Health at Every Size®, body-positive, and No Body Shame approaches. And then there’s me.
Read more to learn about my journey as I research the health benefits of a weight-neutral approach.