This follows on from a previous post as I go through HAES.
I love this chapter. It’s so full of joy and happiness. I’d like to quote the whole lot really.
No matter how many times or how authoritatively the message is repeated that diet, exercise, and discipline can get you what you want, it doesn’t change the fact that it has not proven true for any but a tiny minority of people.
Isn’t that interesting?
Your hypothalmus helps regulate your weight in an unconscious process, altering your body as it sees fit. What it also does is change your appetite and other conscious behaviours. With diets you are trying to fight your body’s natural weight mechanism and the system breaks down.
No long-term studies have shown that diet works in the long term for any but a remarkable few. More than that though, depriving your body of the food it needs seems to move your setpoint up, the point at which your body is comfortable, which therefore puts weight on you. So although a quick fix (get into that dress) diet may work, anything longer will be counter-productive.
No long-term studies have shown that regular exercise makes any difference to your weight either. This does not of course take away the other health-giving benefits of being more active.
Stress, sleep deprivation, certain viruses, certain stomach bacteria, environmental chemicals; all these can contribute to weight gain.
All those accessories to diets: pills, potions, staples and other surgical procedures; all rubbish. This, I knew.
So, again, throw all the diet books away and try to stop worrying about what you eat and how much you eat. Easier said than done but it’s a happy thought.
Quotes are taken from “Health at Every Size” by Linda Bacon