Monday, January 05, 2009


As expected, almost all of the women in my office are on a diet today, it being the first Monday of the New Year. Normally, I'd be fully entrenched by now, a plastic container of salad in one hand and my running shoes in the other. I'd dutifully punish myself for two weeks, starve, argue with my husband, limp out of the gym pathetically, and then there would be some reason to eat pizza and the whole damn thing would go down in an ugly ball of flames.
Something's been gnawing at the edge of my mind over the last week on this topic, and I think this simple news story I just read made it click into place for me.
The woman being interviewed in the article suggests that we eat what is delicious and when we are moderately hungry rather than starving. Which, yes, I know. We are not stupid and we've been told how to eat sensibly repeatedly and we're quite well aware of exactly how it's done and how to lose weight. Hell, we have lost and gained many, many pounds. We are nothing if not experts on the subject of weight loss & gain.
Buuuuuut, we are kind of dumb. Because, as I have read, and as many of us have experienced, every diet has an equal and opposite un-diet, and in fact, the un-diet most frequently results in even more weight gain. So, we keep dieting and we keep gaining the weight back. Sure, some people live like monks and eat soybeans for lunch and practice yoga for two hours everyday after work and they seem perfectly happy with this lifestyle, but (and pardon me to all of the soybean-eating yoga practitioners out there) those people are fucking freaks of nature and should not be allowed to mingle with the rest of us, making us insane.
So I've been watching myself for a while, observing the way I eat and how much I move (or rather, do not move. Reaching for the remote control can hardly be considered exercise). I certainly eat too much, and move too little, but if I could be trained to simply eat when I start to get hungry, without worrying about whether the food I am eating is altogether healthy, and to stop when I start to feel satisfied, I might be able to accomplish some weight loss.
I realized this year that I am not, as I previously believed, a complete black hole when it comes to food. I thought I would probably gain weight this year but what I found was that I did not. I somehow have leveled off and appear to be consuming the perfect amount of calories every day to maintain my continuously undesirable weight.
So anyway, what I am getting at is that I am still compiling my list of New Year's resolutions, but upon that list will most certainly be a resolution not to diet. It pains me, almost, to say that, because part of me doesn't believe that not dieting could possibly be the only diet that works for me. But, I think it's worth a shot.


  1. All this good advice is from the woman who wrote the book: Linda Bacon

    Coincidence? I mean someone that has the word BACON in their name probably has a hard time with diet success.

  2. LOL... I also read the comments on SFGATE I had to agree with this!!

    '"Dieting MAKES you gain weight". "My genes make me _______ (fill in the blank)". Spoken like a true addict in denial. Yes, it IS hard to give up what one is addicted to, whether it's obsessive food consumption, illegal drugs, promiscuous sex, etc. But it is only when one accepts the reality that "other" people are NOT MAKING these decisions for you and that YOU are doing this to yourself can you change anything. MANY people would LIKE to get stoned, drunk, sleep with their neighbor's spouse, or gorge themselves at every meal in order to satisfy an inner lust, but they DON'T because they accept their familial and social responsibilities! It's a shame that yet another "expert" is trying to make a buck by giving addicts "permission" to not accept responsibility what they are doing to themselves. If you want to eat everything in sight or be a meth addict, just admit it and get on with it. Please just stop whining!'

  3. Not dieting has worked for me. I've lost nearly 30 pounds just eating less of foods I ate before. Sure, I'm eating a few more veggies and a lot less chocolate, but on the whole, I don't feel like I'm dieting. It's the only way I can do it.