A chapter from the book ‘My Big Fat Fat’ by Samantha Dee
A humorous and touching account for those losing or coping with excess weight. With her laugh-out-loud humor, Samantha Dee covers all subjects from beauticians to socks in this easy to read A to Z guide on weight loss, maintenance, and ways to nourish your self-esteem.
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What is a ‘diet‘?
A diet is ‘what a particular species survives on’ or, the official definition according to Wiki: ‘the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group’
- Lions exist on a diet of meat. They are carnivores.
- Cows exist on a diet of grass. They are herbivores.
- Spiders exist on a diet of insects. They are insectivores.
- As a species, human beings are Omnivores – this means we eat everything.
It is our culture, group, or regional dietary habits that influence the habitual decisions an individual, or entire culture, make when choosing what foods to eat; and it’s our ‘dietary habit‘ that determines what we choose to eat.
So, in fact, it’s our habits that need to change.
When we talk about diets, we’re talking about a particular eating plan that we are going to adopt—for a set period of time—to a target weight:
In my opinion, as long as we continue using the word ‘diet’, it will be this ‘thing’ that we do, until we get to a target weight, fail, or decide ‘it’ isn’t for us. Then we’ll try another ‘thing’.
It’s this hook that the diet industry has us dangling on…every time. They target our biggest fears, and make a diet about it:
If you type the most ridiculous thing into Google, there’s a diet for it: The Cucumber Diet; the Cabbage Diet; the Donut Diet; the Sex Diet; the Jesus Diet. Yep. They all exist. Note to self: Bookmark, ‘The Sex Diet’, to read later.
What’s common about all of these, is that they all exist to address a temporary concern (except Jesus). They are quick fixes. They don’t address why we are the way we are, or teach us to change permanently, or care about what we’ll do afterwards. By that time, they’ve sold it to you. They have achieved what they wanted to achieve. And guaranteed that next year you’ll be looking for that Christmas diet again.
So, the diet industry is literally selling our fat arses back to us.
I suspect that if you break these diets down to their bare bones, gimmicks aside, they are all the same: Calorie controlled.
Food for thought.
Face-palm. I know, that was awful.