Health Brainwashing; questioning dogma Diets? Fuck it! Part 7

By Joey Lott (Health researcher and a more than 10-time Amazon bestselling author. Get his future health books for free, including his upcoming title Big Fat Lies at www.joeylotthealth.com)

Here’s a story demonstrating health brainwashing that I hear or read time and time again. Undoubtedly you’ll recognize this story as well.

Pat Smith feels unwell and can’t figure out what to do about it. Pat goes to healthcare professionals and gets tests done and gets a whole bunch of different diagnoses over the years. Sooner or later, Pat learns about some (restrictive) dietary rules that someone claims will help Pat to feel better. Pat begins to restrict. Pat feels worse. Pat’s “support group” (which is generally composed of some internet forum or Facebook group dedicated to the particular form of restriction) encourages Pat to tough it out and consider further restriction. Pat takes the advice, and the cycle repeats over and over until Pat is gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, salt-free, grain-free, meat-free, fat-free, and very definitely wellness-free.

I know this story because that was my story for a long, long, loooong time. And subsequently, I’ve communicated with and “coached” lots of other people who have the same story. Okay, sure, there are variations on the story. For example, sometimes Pat starts out feeling okay but just wants to feel even more okay – like superhuman.

Or other times Pat starts out just wanting to drop a few pounds. But it’s the same basic story all the same, and it leads to the same dead end. I have seen this pattern play out so often, in fact, that I have written a couple of books specifically outlining the pattern and why it is such a really bad idea to continue with it. The first book was specific to chronic Lyme disease and in it I give my own account of recovery from chronic Lyme disease by and large due to eating a lot of food unrestrictedly. The other book, Hungry, is a more generalized look at the subject.

Suffice it to say, I am a believer in the “miraculous healing power” of just eating food without restriction (along with sufficient sleep and learning how to relax). These things may not always be all that is required to heal, but with very few exceptions they are essential to recovery, and without dedication to eating, sleeping, and relaxing I find that people just dig themselves deeper into ruts. Because of my publication regarding recovery from chronic Lyme disease I was invited (by which I mean, I suddenly was just added) to a Facebook group that is one of those “support groups” that I alluded to earlier. The idea being, I suspect, that I might lend support to those wishing to recover. I really am not a Facebook person, and that coupled with the fact that it appears to me that most of the group’s conversations have to do with restriction in some form or another, I generally don’t read much of what goes on in the group. I’d posted a few suggestions in the past that were duly ignored or rejected, and so I just haven’t bothered participating. However, recently the person who had added me to the group in the first place tagged me in a post, asking for me and a few others who have healing stories to share our “secrets” to healing. I knew better, but I took the invitation and wrote the following: I have communicated with a number of people who have recovered. One of the common themes is giving up on the restrictive mindset that is so prominent in most Lyme discussions. I am not suggesting that some exclusions on an individual basis may not be appropriate – at least for a while. However, a lot of people are eliminating everything – gluten, sugar, starch, carbohydrates in general, meat, protein, fat, salt, etc. – simply because that’s what others say to do. But all that restriction makes people sicker most of the time. There are very few exceptions in my experience. Sure, there might be a handful of people who get better after they cut out everything, do a month long fast, but that usually backfires, and for good reason. A lot of people are weak and have brain fog and anxiety in part because they don’t eat enough. Find the foods that work for you – even if they are completely counter to what most people suggest you should eat, even if that is nothing but pure sugar and gluten in your case – and eat as much as you can. Eat carbohydrates because that helps hormonal balance and helps with sleep. There is a great deal of research to back this up. If in doubt, start researching peer reviewed published double blind clinical human studies and you’ll see. Also, while some herbs work for some people, they don’t work for everyone. And I don’t think they are generally going to be a substitute for eating enough and getting sleep working again. The herbs can help sometimes, but they are best in addition to eating enough and sleeping enough. Oh, and the common fixation on “killing the bacteria” is, in my opinion, misguided. We all carry around lots of bacteria. in fact, 90 percent of the cells in our bodies are bacteria – not even human. And we’re talking about countless species. Trying to manage that is like herding cats. It’s an endless headache. Instead, provide the body with the calories, nutrition, and rest that it needs. Nourishment rather than warfare. It’s okay – or at least inevitable – to have bacteria in your body, including some that are considered “bad”. But what matters is how nourished and functional your body is regardless of the bacteria. The body is very intelligent and capable when given enough nourishment. That’s my two cents. And to reiterate, it is possible to feel better. It does happen.

To be fair, three people “liked” my comment, which in Facebook-ese I think means that they had positive opinions about what I wrote. However, the many comments that followed the conversation immediately and consistently steered toward restriction. Everyone was quick to chime in with their suggestions about the importance of restricting without any acknowledgment of the value of eating enough. And while no one had the gumption to directly challenge me, at least one person did so in an indirect, passive-aggressive fashion, alluding to “previous comments” and how she felt the need to respond about the importance of restricting. I don’t care about other people’s opinions, and that includes their opinions about me and their opinions about my views. I don’t care what names people want to call me or if they want to make crude jokes about my mother or my grandmother or anything else. So that’s not the point of this story. I’m only sharing this somewhat personal account because it illustrates how brainwashed the majority of us are. People who are ostensibly looking to get help – people who are genuinely feeling horrid – will outright reject a statement that is backed not only by personal and anecdotal evidence, but also by a lot of credible scientific literature (obviously not all the literature is super credible, but if you read it carefully it’s possible to find the stuff that is) simply because it doesn’t fit with popular sentiments.

You’re reading this, and so in a sense you’re ahead of the curve. You’re already questioning dogma. So that’s good news. But to whatever degree you’re still clinging to beliefs, here’s my point: I’m just saying WAKE UP. Be willing to admit that when you’re looking for help it’s because what you’ve been doing hasn’t been working. And a big part of what you’ve been doing that hasn’t been working is believing popular sentiment.

Here are some examples of popular sentiments.

“Fat is ugly”
“Fat is unhealthy”
“Thin is healthy”
“I need to lose weight in order to be healthy”
“Fat people are lazy”
“Modern wheat is a scourge on the planet, and anyone who touches the stuff will suffer intestinal inflammation”
“The only way to lose weight is to restrict calories”
“The only effective way to lose weight is to eliminate high GI foods”
“The only effective way to lose weight is to eliminate grains”
“Starch is bad and sugar is good”
“Sugar is bad and starch is good”
“Starch and sugar are bad”
“We need to cleanse those colons with lots of fiber to be healthy”
“If only I could lose weight, then I’d be happy”
“All that sugar is going to cause diabetes”
“If I eat enough to feel alright, I’ll get even fatter”
“Only young people can eat enough and not get fat”

There are plenty more, of course. If you’ve got some good ones, add them to the comments section. Now, of course, sometimes some of these things are apparently sort of true. Or, rather, less absolute versions of these statements may have some kernel of truth to them. For example, some people really do have serious inflammation problems with gluten. Those people probably shouldn’t eat gluten if they want to feel well. Reportedly it’s something like 2 or 3 percent of the population. And yeah, maybe it’s more than we think. Maybe it’s 4 percent or 5 percent. Maybe it’s even 10 percent. Maybe you are one of those people. Fine. Don’t eat gluten. That’s the smart thing to do. Please do listen to your body.
Or here’s another example. Maybe you are descended from a group of people who have adapted over hundreds of thousands of years to eating only whale blubber and stomach contents. Maybe you are one of the few people who really will thrive on a very low carbohydrate diet. I don’t know. It’s possible, at least, no matter how unlikely. But don’t make the mistake of generalizing and believing those generalized statements. Because you’ll probably be wrong.
I mean, hey, you might be wrong even about what you think you know. And that includes even if you have genetic tests that supposedly prove it. Why? Because sometimes we’re wrong. Sometimes we are mistaken. Sometimes huge numbers of people are wrong – all the while believing that they are right. Look at it this way. There are some people who fervently believe that veganism is the only healthy diet, and some of those people may even be healthy. There are some people who fervently believe that a high fat, low carb, “paleo” diet is the only healthy diet, and some of those people may even be healthy. How can that be? Might it be that they are all mistaken? Maybe it’s got nothing to do with what they think it’s got to do with.

Now, any of us could be wrong. In fact, we probably are wrong about a lot of things. Maybe eating enough and sleeping enough really isn’t that important. Maybe it’s all just about the alignment of the stars and we’re fooling ourselves by thinking otherwise. But that’s okay. In spite of the fact that I advocate for eating enough and sleeping enough, I’m not married to those as being absolute truths for ever and ever for all people everywhere in the universe. They are just the very best working theories that I’ve got at the moment, and they seem so sensible to me particularly in the face of the horrific track record that restrictive eating (or not eating, as it were) and/or insufficient sleep have on health and particularly since without exception everyone I have “coached” who has taken me up on the suggestion to eat adequate calories from a wide variety of foods (including starch, sugar, meat, dairy, salt, etc.) and sleep enough has found that, lo and behold, they feel better. Maybe not 100 percent. But better. So all I’m saying is, “Hey, just give it a try. Be willing to let go of your beliefs and just try eating and sleeping some more.” In a sense I know that I am “preaching to the choir” here. But I also know that we can have doubts along the way.

I know because I’ve had doubts along the way. I know because most people I communicate with about these things have doubts. I know because the doubts come up time and time again here on the blog in the comments section. And I want to offer you some reassurance that if you’re feeling better by eating and sleeping and relaxing, that’s a good thing. Yeah, you’ll probably get fatter for a while. That usually happens. Sometimes for years. And yeah, you’ll probably have doubts. That usually happens. But remember how much it sucks to starve yourself and be stressed out all the time, and don’t do that to yourself again no matter how much the popular sentiments may poo-poo your choices. Should you eat gluten if it consistently makes you feel like death warmed over? Heck no. Don’t do that to yourself. You don’t need to prove anything to anybody. This isn’t a contest to see who can eat the most unrestrictedly. Rather, it’s an invitation to start listening to some of what one might hope would be “common sense”, which is when you’re hungry, eat and when you’re tired, sleep and when you’re stressed, relax. It’s not always so easy, particularly when we’re deprogramming from years of being brainwashed and half starved. But it gets easier the more we do it. And the more we do it, the more skilled we become at it too so that we naturally find that without having to think or plan for it, we just take care of ourselves well. We get better at recognizing our hunger cues and accepting that our cravings are appropriate and good. Might we make “mistakes” along the way? Might we feel not so hot on occasion because we tried something that didn’t work out so well? Sure. That happens. But consider the overall trajectory. Keep the big picture in mind. See how things really do get better in many regards by decluttering our belief systems and trusting in the cues of the body. And here’s another idea. Try it on for size. See how it feels.

Are you ready? Here it is: let’s be generous, gentle, and kind to ourselves and to others. Let’s stop hating ourselves for being fat or tired or hungry or lazy or sick or skinny or misshapen or whatever other imperfections we want to dream up. Let’s stop judging others for being fat or tired or hungry or lazy or sick or skinny or misshapen or whatever other imperfections we want to dream up. And that includes judging or hating others for being “attractive” or “healthy” or “energetic” or “young” or whatever else.

One more thing. Don’t create a new dogma. Don’t turn the idea of eating enough, sleeping enough, and relaxing enough into a rigid system with rules. Things change. Don’t worry about the future. The future won’t be what you expected anyway. Leave the future for the future. Right now, just do this. Just eat now if you’re hungry, and eat what sounds appetizing. (Though I also know that sometimes for some of us nothing sounds appetizing, in which case, just eat what you can and rest and relax as much as possible.) Let’s not try to do any of this “perfectly”. Let’s just take care of what needs to be taken care of now. Is there hunger? Eat. Is there tiredness? Sleep. Is there stress? Relax. That’s all. That’s enough, isn’t it? Because goodness knows we’ve got enough other stuff that needs to be done between taking care of kids and paying the rent and cleaning up after the dog that got sick in the house and on and on. Anyway, as cliche as it is, maybe there really is something to the notion of being the change you want to see. If you’ve gotten the short end of the stick from trying to get “healthy” according to popular sentiments, then maybe you owe it to yourself and to future generations to stop living according to those lies that only serve to hurt people. Crap, I’m not trying to put a lot of pressure on you. I’m just saying that it’s got to start somewhere, so why not you? Why not now? It might be nice.

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Diets!? Fuck it! Part 6

Wat is er mis met dik?

oftewel: lijnen is het het beste recept voor overgewicht…..En dan hebben we het nog niet over het effect op je zelfbeeld. Dat jojoot vaak vrolijk mee: van trots naar zelfverachting en terug.

(Uit TPO Magazine)

Dik zijn en de worsteling daarmee is nog altijd een schande. Dat is opmerkelijk, gezien het aandeel zwaargewichten in de maatschappij. Inmiddels heeft volgens het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek 46 procent van de volwassen Nederlanders overgewicht, dus van een uitzondering kun je niet meer spreken.

Met de groeiende schare dikkerds groeit evenwel de aandacht voor het probleem. Maar wat is het probleem eigenlijk? Van ‘gewoon’ dik ga je doorgaans niet eerder dood, in tegenstelling tot wat velen denken. Sterker nog: demograaf Mieke Reuser constateerde in een promotieonderzoek dat een beetje dikkerd zelfs langer leeft. Roken of een laag opleidingsniveau hebben een veel grotere impact op de levensverwachting dan veel vet.

Dikke mensen hebben wél vaker klachten, zoals suikerziekte of hartproblemen. En daar wringt de schoen natuurlijk. Ongezonde dikke mensen leiden een oncomfortabel leven en zijn dure klanten voor de samenleving.

Dat laatste nuanceren wetenschapsjournalisten Asha ten Broeke en Ronald Veldhuizen in hun boek Eet mij, de psychologie van eten, diëten en te veel eten. Drie miljard per jaar zou overgewicht kosten, omgerekend zo’n 500 euro per dikkerd. Best veel, maar het valt in het niet bij de 8 miljard euro die sportblessures ons volgens de auteurs per jaar kosten.

Big Business

Tegenover de sportblessures staat de gezondheidswinst die sporten ons als maatschappij oplevert, zou je tegen deze nuancering kunnen opwerpen. Maar tegenover de kosten van overgewicht (ziekteverzuim, ziektekosten, behandelingen), staan de grote inkomsten. Want dat wordt nog wel eens vergeten: het vetprobleem is big business. Pillen, poeders, drankjes, dieetproducten, maaltijdvervangers, voedingssupplementen, consulenten, klinieken, artsen, chirurgen, coaches… Er is een complete industrie ontstaan rondom de dikke medemens, doordesemd met veelbelovende (merk)namen als Obesigard, Slimflash, Previtas, NachtSlank, Newfigure, Ultrashape, Make it Easy…

Zoveel kilo’s overgewicht als we meesjouwen, zoveel diëten lijken er te zijn. Goed voor de dieetindustrie, maar overbodig. Want is het ene dieet echt beter dan het andere? Vraag het de wetenschap en het antwoord is ontnuchterend: elk dieet werkt, maar slechts voor even!

Tot die conclusie kwam de Amerikaanse psycholoog Traci Mann die een groot aantal wetenschappelijke studies naar diverse diëten bestudeerde. Gemiddeld genomen zorgden de diëten ervoor dat de proefpersonen slechts iets meer dan een kilo blijvend wisten kwijt te raken. Na twee jaar woog maar liefst 83 procent uiteindelijk meer dan voor het dieet. En na vijf jaar gaf de weegschaal bij de helft van de deelnemers meer dan vijf kilo méér aan dan voorheen.

Een extra bonus als dank voor het afzien. Want zo weten we inmiddels: het lichaam zet zichzelf tijdens het ‘hongeren’ op de spaarstand en slaat wat er nog wel binnen komt extra goed op. Hoogleraar psychologie Denise de Ridder noemt lijnen dan ook ‘het beste recept voor overgewicht’.

Steeds weer afvallen en aankomen is bovendien niet gezond, zo blijkt uit diverse onderzoeken. En dan hebben we het nog niet over het effect op je zelfbeeld. Dat jojoot vaak vrolijk mee: van trots naar zelfverachting en terug.

Onhaalbare dagregimes

Toch blijven we massaal de dieetindustrie spekken. We geloven maar al te graag dat het niet aan onszelf ligt dat het niet gelukt is om blijvend slank te blijven. Nee, dat kwam door de plakken ontbijtkoek en onhaalbare dagregimes van Sonja Bakker. Of het lag aan die bewerkelijke menu’s van Dr. Frank. Of aan die vieze shakes van Modifast. Telkens weer staat een nieuwe goeroe op die een nieuwe magische eetwijze promoot: zonder moeite, zonder honger en met een slanke taille wachtend aan de horizon. Dit keer gaat het wél lukken.

En anders ben je een lamlendige slappeling. Lui, gulzig en zonder ruggengraat. Zo ongeveer wordt er gedacht. Of denkt in ieder geval de dikkerd, dat de dunnerd denkt. Wat bijdraagt aan het nationale geloof in de ‘eigen schuld, dikke bult’-gedachte en het idee dat het iedereen met een beetje inzet wél lukt om af te vallen, is de beeldbuis. Haast gênant slanke presentatrices en coaches vertellen in afvalprogramma’s als Obese de zwaardere medemens wat er fout is gegaan en hoe het anders kan.

Voer voor verdere stigmatisering, zou je zeggen. Of is het toch een bijdrage aan de bewustwording dat het verstandig is gezond te eten? Hoogleraar gezondheidsethiek Inez de Beaufort betwijfelt of kijkers hierdoor ‘meer groente gaan eten’. ‘Het wordt snel een soort leedvermaak. De gretigheid waarmee wij andermans bijzonderheden verorberen, heeft iets macabers.’

‘Ben je te dik, dan blijf je te dik’ constateert auteur Asha ten Broeke, ervaringsdeskundige, nuchter. ‘Een paar procent van de dikkerds lukt het misschien om blijvend afgevallen. Maar hun hele leven staat in het teken van slank blijven. Ik zou zo niet willen leven.’

Stigma

De Beaufort kent het stigma dat aan zwaardere mensen kleeft. ‘Ze worden gezien als ongedisciplineerd, als slapjanussen die zich niet kunnen beheersen.’ Ze vindt dat de aanhangers van de ‘elk pondje gaat door het mondje’-gedachte verkeerd en naïef naar dikke mensen kijken. ‘Zo simpel is het allemaal niet. De oorzaken van overgewicht zijn heel gecompliceerd en zeker niet alleen bij het individu neer te leggen. Het denken in termen van “eigen schuld, dikke bult”, vind ik ethisch een aanfluiting.’ Ze verbaast zich over het gemak waarmee mensen denken zich met anderen te kunnen bemoeien en vertelt over de dikke vrouw die op straat van volstrekt onbekenden opmerkingen krijgt als ze een ijsje eet. ‘Dat is toch te gek om los te lopen. Straks word je nog in het cachot gestopt voor openbare obesitas.’

Het risico van verdere stigmatisering betekent voor De Beaufort niet dat je ‘dan maar moet zwijgen over overgewicht’. ‘De boodschap dat je iets aan overgewicht kunt doen, is op zich geen verkeerde boodschap. Zeker niet als die wordt geuit vanuit een zorg om de gezondheid.’ Maar zij zou graag zien dat de bredere boodschap dat je gezond moet leven niet zo expliciet aan overgewicht wordt gekoppeld.‘De politiek moet algemener gaan sturen op een gezonde samenleving,’ in haar ogen kansrijker dan een ‘opgeheven vinger naar het individu.’

Gezond

Ook de Obesitas Vereniging zou graag zien dat het die kant op ging. ‘De focus moet van gewichtsverlies naar gezondheidsbevordering’, vindt Susanne Kruizinga. ‘Dik zijn zegt namelijk niets over je gezondheid. Dunne mensen kunnen ook ongezond zijn.’

Dat is een tegengeluid dat hoogleraar gezondheidsethiek Inez de Beaufort graag vaker zou horen. ‘De een werkt te hard, de ander rookt, een derde doet aan onveilige seks. Wie zegt dat die dunne lat wél gezond leeft?’

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Diets? Fuck it! Part 5

(Written by Caroline, from thefuckitdiet)

Eating issues are control issues. Recovering is the spiritual journey of learning to let go.

Even when we know that our bodies will regulate once we get out of their way, we still find truly trusting and letting go so, so hard.

Why is letting go so hard?

Most of us only ever learned to rely on external approval, external cues, and external direction on where to go, what to do, what is right, what is wrong… the list goes on.

Learning to trust yourself isn’t something that they teach in school. It isn’t something anyone really talks about ever. But it really is essential in eating, and groundbreaking in life.

We never learned to trust ourselves, so letting go feels like a fool’s errand.

It is not.

The truth is, controlling is the fool’s errand. Trying to control your food, your body (and anything else) doesn’t work. Life is coming at you, and it wants you to jump in and go with it.

We can learn to heal the things keeping us from trusting and living and moving forward, then we can happily, calmly and peacefully let go of the control we used to cling to.

Eating can be easy, but getting there takes trust. It is a Spiritual Journey.

Fuck It,
Caroline

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Diets? Fuck it! Part 4

Since about 6 months I really let it all go; (Thank you Matt Stone and thank you: thefuckitdiet.com) that is, after 20 years of dieting and fighting my weight (all kinds of fasting, low carb, south beach, Paleo and running, weight lifting, biking etc etc), I ‘ve started to eat everything and you know what I’ve lost?

My obsession with food, health, longevity, being still healthy at 101 etc. I can hardly describe what a relief that is: no obsessions anymore, I feel happy. What a relief to just eat something, just like that :-)

“Of course” I’ve gained a lot of weight (at least 25 kilogram), but that indeed plateaued (but I don’t believe anymore that I have to have a certain weight to be healthy or approved upon) and after initially eating items more than I ever could have imagined and of which I used to think that they were VERY unhealthy, I am starting to loose any interest in food.

I. just. eat.

I’m hoping to loose also the last bit of obsession with my appearance and my wish for a sixpack. I am not quite there yet. I still care a little bit what people think about my body, especially belly. All my former sports friends give comments on how fat I am now and that made me very angry in the beginning, because all they could say as a way of greeting: “Waauh, you’ve become very fat, don’t you run anymore?”

I was very disappointed that they were so little interested in me and all they could say that I had such a big belly.

I’ve also lost interest in the scale, the mirror and all those diet books and especially all those forums and websites about Paleo and a healthy life (just in order to know more about the “perfect diet” and to know precisely what’s good or bad………pffff what a waste of time and how much time I have now for just walking the dog :-) ).

Now as I am writing this, I see that I’ve lost a lot :-)

By the way: I do believe that nature can take care of it self, without interfering. So after stopping dieting and running as interventions to control my weight and appearance, the body is allowed to run it own course; hopefully I didn’t damage it too much by all this obsessive dieting….

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Diets? Fuck it! Part 3

Some quotes from a very good book about the nonsense and danger of diets: ” The Health Trap ” by  Chris Sandel.

Our obsession with weight is more about cultural norms and societal biases. They show study after study detailing that weight is an incredibly poor indicator for health, and that if anything, we would be better falling in the overweight or slightly obese category for better health.

Weight Set Point

As rational and intelligent human beings, we like to believe that we are in control. We have grown up on a diet of the American Dream and the belief that if we are dedicated and work hard enough, we can achieve anything. While it might be painful to admit, there are in fact a lot of things that are outside our conscious control. And when it comes to our body, this is especially true.

The weight set point is not static and can increase or decrease, but any form of dieting unfortunately causes your body to increase your setpoint. This means that when you stop the diet and go back to eating normally, the weight you have lost will come back, as well as some extra for good measure.

Our autonomic nervous system controls functions like heart rate, digestion, salivation, sexual arousal, and perspiration. Most people would agree these are automatic. But what if I were to suggest that weight should also fall in this category? While we like to think that we have absolute control over our weight, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this is not the case.

The weight set point theory is the idea that the body naturally and automatically controls your weight. It suggests that your body has an ideal weight range that it likes to keep you within, and the range can be anywhere from a small amount up to about 15-20 kg, and is often estimated as roughly 10% of your body weight.

Your body really wants to keep you in this range. If you start eating less it notices that weight has dropped off. It starts to make you hungrier because it wants to get your weight back up. You may be able to keep it up for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, or possibly even years but more and more, your hunger will increase.

At the same time, your body starts to manipulate the calories that you are using. If there is not enough coming in, it starts to turn down some functions and turn off others. It turns the body into a conservative accountant. Whenever extra calories do come in, more of it is stored for a rainy day rather than being instantly used for energy. Your body isn’t sure when the next surplus is coming in, so it holds on to it in case its not for a while.

All of these changes are made in your body’s attempt to keep you at the right weight set point, to keep you where your body feels comfortable with your weight.

For this reason, I think the idea of calories in versus calories out is largely misunderstood. I agree that if you take in more than you burn, you will put on weight and if you take in less than you burn, you will lose weight. But what I disagree with is how much conscious control we have over it. So much of it is controlled automatically by the body that manipulations of food intake and exercise will only get you so far.

Its amazing how many people start a diet just wanting to lose 3 or 5 kilo’s, and then 15 years down the line are 40 kilo’s heavier after numerous cycles of weight coming off and then going back on.

This is due to to the weigh set point increasing with each new phase of dieting.

What you believe to be a healthy weight is different than what your body believes is a healthy weight.

Don’t destroy your health trying to get to a weight your body doesn’t support, because even if you get there, it won’t be the promised land.

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Diets? Fuck it! Part 2

Your body fucking knows what to do, only if you let her do her own things, especially when you don’t mess her with fucking diets!

This is a parafrase of the following email from this website and there she goes on and I do so much agree:

“Do you feel like you and your body are at odds with each other? That if only your body was on your side you wouldn’t eat so much, or gain any weight, and everything would be perfect?

Let me explain to you why your body fucking knows what is going on…. and why you can trust your body to lead you the RIGHT way.

Your body is not your adversary.

The reason your body wants to eat all that food is because

  • you have been denying it, and
  • it NEEDS IT.Your body wanting to binge on food is one of the most brilliant things ever. It may not feel that way, but as long as you are choosing to be your body’s adversary, your body will take on the role.

    Ok, you wanna starve me? I am going to EAT! We need to EAT! You are slowing me down!

    Ok, you hate me? You wanna shave off some fat? You wanna eat only salad this week? I am going to eat instead.

    You want me to eat THAT protein bar? But there is butter and berries in that muffin. Fine. WE ARE GOING TO EAT MUFFINS LATER.

    Your body is brilliant. And until you get on the same side as your body, and start trusting it, you will be in this cycle forever.

    Your body craves good food once you get out of it’s own way. Your body will also crave treats, because of course treats are great and neutral. The body knows that. You just may not believe it yet.

    Choose to befriend your body. Your body isn’t trying to ruin your life, it just wants to be heard and fed and appreciated and moved. The sooner you decide to get on the side of your body, the sooner you and your body will be doing really well together.

    Fuck. It.”

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Diëten: Fuck it!

Toevallig zag ik op nu.nl een aantal artikelen die allemaal gingen over diëten. Het eerste artikel dat ik zag luidde: “Diëten zorgt eerder voor depressie“; daaronder stonden een aantal gerelateerde artikelen met de titels:

- Mens gemiddeld 32-jaar van leven op dieet

- Bijna helft Nederlanders probeert af vallen

- Denken dat je dik bent veroorzaakt overgewicht

- Vrouwen houden dieet maand vol

- Twee derde van vrouwen bedenkt smoes stoppen met dieet

- Vrouwen gelukkiger bij gewichtstoename

Wat is het gemeenschappelijke van deze artikelen?

Dat diëten totale waanzin zijn!?  

De overgrote meerderheid van de mensen die probeert iets te doen om gewicht te verliezen, lukt dat uiteindelijk niet, en het gaat bovendien ten koste van hun mentale, emotionele en fysieke welzijn. Terwijl het doen van diëten hun zelfs dikker maakt dan wanneer ze niets hadden gedaan.

Hoe kan het zijn dat diëten zo ineffectief zijn en dat mensen er toch maar weer mee doorgaan? Daar moet een een enorme motivatie en/of geloof achter zitten….maar welke?

Gewaardeerd/goedgekeurd worden door anderen in een cultuur waar er een bepaald beeld is van perfectie/schoonheid.

(Een indrukwekkende TED-Lezing over “beauty sickness kun je hier beluisteren).

Verder moet er een heel hardnekkig (foutieve) opvatting zijn over wat effectief is om slank te worden. Kennelijk is dat iets met de hoeveelheid voeding: als je nou maar minder eet, dan val je af. Het grappige en ook wel dieptrieste is dat dat wel klopt: ja, je valt af door minder te eten, maar niemand houdt dat vol!? (Ja, het lukt om te adem in te houden, maar voor de rest gaat het ademen automatisch).

Het is heel waarschijnlijk dat de oorzaak van overgewicht (wat is dat? serieuze vraag!) niets te maken heeft met voeding en/of te veel eten. Dieren in de natuur zijn nooit te dik. Mensen ook niet. Dat gaat helemaal vanzelf. 

De stofwisseling wordt volkomen onbewust geregeld, daar hoeft de mens niets voor of aan te doen. Net zoals de celdeling, de ademhaling, de hartslag of de vertering. Tenzij die natuurlijke processen verstoord worden. Een voorbeeld: veel zitten is ongezonder dan roken! Kennelijk veranderen een heleboel processen in het lichaam als we te veel zitten. Andere oorzaken zijn waarschijnlijk stress, emotionele problemen, verstoring van darmbacteriën, industriële voeding, milieugiften etc. 

Een ander voorbeeldje: mensen die veel ochtendzon krijgen, zijn slanker dan mensen die namiddagzon krijgen, terwijl ze hetzelfde aantal calorieën eten. 

Als dat vooral de oorzaken zijn, dan pakken we die oorzaken niet aan door minder te eten! (Afgezien van het feit dat diëten op zich zelf ook nog eens stress en neuroses veroorzaken!)

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