I've done all kinds of diets including lose weight slow and lose weight fast ones. They all ended up the same way. I'd regain all the weight plus more. Eventually I dieted myself to an extra 70 pounds.
A study in Australia showed that dieters who did crash diets (a very low calories one) not only lost more weight but stuck with it longer, compared to the ones who did plans with slow weight loss. Essentially in the race to lose 12.5% of your body weight, crash diets won!
However, the new study shows that "achieving a weight loss target of 12.5 percent is more likely, and drop-out is lower, if losing weight is done quickly," Purcell said.
12.5% is 15lbs if you weigh 200 lbs.
But before you makers of crash diets pat yourself on the back, the study found out one other thing.
People in both groups regained about 71 percent of their lost weight by the end of three years, regardless of how fast they had slimmed down, the researchers said.
The gist is a crash diet resulted in quicker weight loss than a slow and steady one but 71% of both diets caused weight regain of all their weight within three years (and I bet that percentage will be higher within five years).
Diets do not work in the long run for most people. It doesn't matter if you do it slow, fast, or on alternative Saturdays.
This summer I wore a bikini top. I was inspired by another fat woman who also wore one. I did it for a lot of reasons. Mostly to prove I wasn’t ashamed of my body. I didn’t wear it to be an object or to be sexualized. I often wonder where the line is between not being ashamed of your body and being sexualized.
I recently saw Darryl Roberts' third America the Beautiful movie, this one subtitled The Sexualization of Our Youth. In the movie Darryl explores many issues mostly turning people (mostly women) into sex objects. He covers different issues that might be to blame, child beauty pageants, advertisements, teen sex on television, porn, but the big issue really is women believe they have no self-worth unless they believe they can obtain what they see in a magazine. Being an object makes you a thing not a person.
Too many women (and we are now seeing it more and more in men) hate their bodies. They see them as too fat, too old, too flawed. They look at magazines, movies and ads that say they are gross. They are told they would only be better if they used this make up, this diet product, or these clothes. And then when they buy these products and they don’t make them look like a model, their self-esteem plummets and eating disorders skyrocket. A recent study has shown that eating disorders can start as early as elementary school.
To conduct their studies, Prof. Meilleur and colleagues studied the psychological, sociodemographic and physiological characteristics of 215 children between the ages of 8 and 12 with eating problems…
…The team found that 95% of the children had restrictive eating behaviors, 69.4% were afraid of putting on weight and 46.6% described themselves as "fat."
This is more than just trying to look nice, keeping yourself groomed, tossing on a bikini top because you think you look good in it. This is about trying to obtain something a marketer decided is sexy and pretty. Beauty isn’t what you see in on the fashion pages, beauty comes from within.
You will not find Weight Watchers calling itself a diet, even though its main focus for you is not only losing weight but eating less calories than your body needs.
Many diets try to trick you by not referring to themselves as a diet. They may call themselves a lifestyle change, or they may seem not to focus on weight loss but there site is covered weight loss tools and their plan is usually the same: less calories.
A new gimmick diet is out called Eat Like a Woman. Apparently it has nothing to do with eating more calcium or folic acid if you're pregnant. No, it you eat a certain wa- the female way--you too will lose weight and keep it off.(actually it's supposed to be a Mediterranean diet which does have heallth benefits, but not proved to be a long cure for fatness)
Except that it's still BS. It's just another fad diet pretending to be something else. Eat Like a Woman's slogan is Never Diet Again. Until you you get to the page about the book where it reveals (Horns playing)
Finally a Diet Designed for You.
I would laugh this off at another BS diet, if it wasn't for the name. Women are always told they need to eat less. They are given less calories than men, told to eat less as they get older. And now there is a diet program supposedly tailored just to them.
I say enjoy food, enjoy how it benefits your body and soul and eat like a human.