Thursday, June 28, 2012

Define Deprivation...

Where I am:

I have known for a while that I am not doing well with losing weight. When I looked back at my weigh-in's, I was shocked to see that I have only lost 3 pounds since January! That's when I decided to get off of Weight Watchers and use their science to lose weight. I have been doing a little roller coaster since then with my small gains and losses.
I know what works for weight loss and what doesn't, so I have been trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. I mean, I know some of what I'm doing wrong is eating things like cupcakes but cupcakes HAVE to be a part of my diet or I will fail from deprivation, right?

We took a week off and went to Canada on vacation this month. While there, I was around a lot of people who eat well. Fresh veggies were served with each meal and fruit was sitting around, ready to be eaten at all times. Cut up watermelon was on hand quite a bit and it was available to be eaten at random.
One of our meals was a healthy soup made with German sausage, veggies and even a bit of barley in it. The barley surprisingly only added a hardly noticeable amount of pleasant texture. The soup was delicious!
While there, we were talking about different ways of eating, and it suddenly occured to me that my problem might be my current definition of deprivation. We had talked about our similar views on vegan eating - we feel meat is part of a healthy diet. Although I personally think eating vegan is a not healthy, I have a lot of respect for anyone who can remain vegan or vegetarian for years on end because I know that it is not easy - it takes a lot of dedication and self control. What about deprivation for them? Do they feel deprived?

Like being vegetarian, weight loss is a way of eating. When you are vegetarian, you don't eat meat and animal products. When you are losing weight, you also limit certain foods. For some reason, I don't think vegans see it as feeling deprived. I bet they feel proud when they resist the foods that they believe against and are empowered by their choices. When I saw it that way, it feels weak to me to eat whatever I want because I don't want to be deprived. That is actually what Weight Watchers teaches you - not to deprive yourself, just eat less of it. However, since I'm not on Weight Watchers any more, I don't have the point system to limit me and keep me on track. Their point system makes a ton of sense and the 49 weekly points that are meant for keeping you from feeling deprived, really keeps you from feeling deprived. Since I'm not on that system anymore, I don't have those 49 points limiting me, keeping me in check. So how do I keep track of whether I have had too much 'deprivation avoidance' type of foods? I don't. I think that is my problem - my perception of deprivation.
Before, if I wanted a cupcake, I looked at how many points it was, how many points I had left and decided how much of it I could eat without messing up my points.
Since I don't want to spend the money on Weight Watchers and know that because you rely on the point system for your weight loss (meaning you have to stay on WW the rest of your life to keep it off) I refuse to go back to that and have re-determined to figure out how this weight loss thing works and lose the other 30 pounds without Weight Watchers. They tell you and reiterate in most of the meetings, that the meetings are a key factor to weight loss. If you stop coming, you will stop losing and most people gain some of it back again. It sounded like going to the meetings was a good idea at the time, but now it just looks like marketing to me.

So to acheive this, I HAVE to get rid of the Weight Watchers mindset and start thinking differently. I think that line about deprivation is what keeps people on their program. People are trying to avoid deprivation, which keeps them coming back because it is too hard to keep track of how deprived or undeprived you are based on how much junk food you have allowed yourself.

I have looked into several new books. I am only reading the books about losing weight as a lifestyle and no calorie counting crap or special foods. Counting calories is a load of huey because it does not take into account how your body processes different kinds of foods (more about that later). I can't read fast enough to read them all. There are a ton of books and blogs out there, similar to mine that are telling me the same thing I'm writing about. What I am blogging about is real stuff - this really works! I have just felt like a fraud because it wasn't working for me. But the more I read, the more I realize that this is it - this is the way to lose weight and keep it off. All these books are telling me the same things - the same things I'm telling you.

So, after a break and a long period of thinking about things, I'm back and full of more ideas. I can't wait to share them with you!

Saturday, June 23, 2012


So I discovered something today...

I was on my way home, from an hour and a half away, my daughter pulls out her little bag of Funyuns and I realize I would really like something to eat. I know I couldn't be that hungry because I'd eaten 2 small lunches earlier in the day. So I asked myself, on a scale of 1 to 10, how hungry was I. I really wasn't hungry, which got me to thinking that my munchies are probably not actually hunger, rather boredom or being tired.

Once I'd convinced myself that I wasn't actually hungry, I actually wasn't hungry. I was only wanting that good feeling we get from food because I was setting in on a one and a half hour path of boredom.

From now on, I hope that when I get the munchies, I have the presence of mind to remember to check my hunger level and talk myself out of eating.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Five Simple Food Rules to Lose Weight

I could not have said it better myself! I WILL be reading Bob Harper's book The Skinny Rules...

Celebrity trainer Bob Harper is here to discuss his new book The Skinny Rules, which shares his top tips for weight loss success from years of helping clients and contestants on The Biggest Loser. The book focuses on 20 "nonnegotiable principles for getting to thin" - and we've got five of them right here! - by Angie Greenup

Five Simple Rules to Lose Weight

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Diet Drinks

I have heard from more more than one source that drinking diet sodas is a fat habit (see #5). This comes from very good sources and is good advice, but I find that diet sodas, at times, keep me from feeling deprived.

I know they are not super healthy but drinking only water with all my meals, occasionally makes me feel like I'm missing out. I can do that for a while, but I'm likely to end up drinking sweet tea, chocolate milk or juice instead anyway.

Most of the time I drink water with meals (especially at sit down restaurants - weird I know) and I try to limit my intake of sugar substitutes including diet drinks, but I do drink them occasionally when I'm just not in the mood for water again.

How do you feel about diet drinks?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jonah Hill's Weight Loss

I had recently read a news article about Jonah Hill losing weight. I loved that his weight loss was a result of changing his eating habits and trying to be healthier.
See that news article here: Jonah Hill's Secret To Slimness

Today I read another news article about him and he has gained his weight back. I tend to agree with the writer's theory that he did it on purpose. Jonah Hill's on-screen character is just not the same without being pleasantly plump.

What do you think?

7 Secrets to Long-Term Weight Loss

New research reveals that the key to banishing unwanted pounds for good is outsmarting your hunger hormones, with easy changes in daily habits. The simple formula for long-term weight-loss success includes eating more of the right foods, learning to love your body, and making friends with your scale.

Here’s the latest skinny on how to win at losing weight, with science-backed strategies.

7 Secrets to Long-Term Weight Loss

How To Get Fat

Eat nutritionally void foods mostly, to develop a constant craving for more unhealthy, calorie dense foods. See if you can create a strong craving using this method. Usually you'll crave things like chocolate or Twinkies if you need certain vitamins so don't take supplements either. This will also cause your logical resistance to these foods to diminish by lowering the function of the brain since it won't be receiving all the nourishment it needs (see Donut Effect).

Eating these nutritionally void foods will also lower your body's ability to function properly and since it is in your body's best interest to maintain energy levels and stay at a healthy weight, your body won't have the sustenance to keep those mechanisms up and will have no choice but to be lethargic and toxic, resulting in the desired weight gain!

Avoid vegetables - especially superfoods and greens. Fruits are almost just as bad - only eat them in dried form or canned in sugar. Best if eaten as a syrup on pancakes at IHOP.

Avoid any extra activity. I have heard that exercise can supercharge your metabolism and it might also make you feel good about yourself (which ultimately might make you reconsider this plan). Not good.

10,000 steps a day is apparently the target amount of steps for optimal fitness. Buy a pedometer to see how many steps you are typically taking and if you are finding yourself taking anywhere near this amount, try to take it easy. Change your habits to lesson your steps.

Ways to lesson your activity:
  • Park as close to the door at Walmart as possible. Even if you have to drive around the parking lot for a few extra minutes or watch for someone to come out of the store and leave a good spot, it's worth the extra time waiting to avoid having to take any more steps than you have to.
  • Use elevators instead of stairs.
  • Get a DVR from your local cable or satelite provider, determine which shows you are most interested in and set them up to record so you will never run out of things to watch on TV. Even when nothing is on, you will have your favorite shows to watch!
  • Shop online instead of going to the mall or Walmart. Walking around means extra steps and going outside might inspire you to exercise or something.

Choose foods that are a combination of high carbs (simple carbs like white flour and sugar are best) and high fat. Donuts and french fries are excellent options!

Don't eat breakfast. This is important, so I repeat, don't eat breakfast! This is the #1 way to lower your metabolism and kick start your weight gain. Try to skip meals when you can to trick your body into thinking there's a pending shortage of food so it will lower your metabolism and hold onto the fat you are working to keep.

If you find yourself considering eating healthy, eat a salad with no cheese and fat free dressing. This will help you REconsider next time you have an idea like that!

The fats used in fast food restaurants are the kind you want. Avoid healthy oils - especially coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, etc. These are likely to derail your efforts.

Check your local used book store for the books called Eat This, Not That and only eat the 'This' foods and avoid the 'That' foods. Whatever you do, DON'T get any of the other books in that section though. No matter how tempting it is, don't read other books about weight and especially this blog, because what you think about, you get more of!

One except to that last rule - if the book is about restrictive diets like counting calories, low-fat diets or Atkins, you might try switching to this strategy. You will lose weight at first but this will help you gain weight in the long run because whatever weight you lose, always comes back with more!

Good luck and happy gaining!