Diets Suck Up Your Life – Pulling the Trigger

I heard on the radio, today, that there is a study out of England that says diets take an average of 14 years out of your life. It also says there are specific triggers that make people WANT to go an a diet. These triggers include: photos, emotions, special events,break-ups, wedding (not marriage, hmmmm). As you can see by the short list, most of these are directly related to women. My husband said he had NEVER been on a diet. He said he had changed some of his eating and drinking habits to look better. He did not consider that dieting. We know it is, though. I also have had him on a diet but he wasn’t told, so, to him, it isn’t a diet, it’s the way I cook. Yeah, right.

This is from an article from the Daily Mail, written by  Emma Reynolds 

1. Being shocked at how big you look in a photograph
2. Catching a glimpse of yourself in a shop window or mirror
3. Realising you couldn’t fit into a favourite pair of jeans
4. Finding you have to buy a bigger dress size
5. Looking through old photos and seeing how much weight you have put on since
6. Preparing for a holiday abroad
7. Feeling self-conscious when swimming
8. Attending a wedding
9. A good friend loses weight and looks amazing
10. Attending a special party
11. Preparing for your own wedding
12. Realising you are the fattest person in the office
13. Being asked if you are pregnant
14. Your sex life has dwindled
15. A partner loses weight and you’re the only fat one
16. Getting back into the dating game after being dumped
17. Being cheated on
18. Envying a sibling who has lost weight
19. Starting a new job
20. Suspecting a partner is having an affair

Of course, as soon as you read this list, you think “Yes. Yes. No. Yes. No. No. etc.” We all have our triggers for eating and sometimes those are different from the triggers for dieting. I was gobsmacked (it’s a British article) by the fact that “health” was not on that list once. Neither were kids or being a role model.

If you are fighting your weight or have been on a diet in the last 5 years (I am now laughing so hard I need to take a break.) You (I) need to make a list of your triggers, both sets of triggers. You know, the ones that make you eat and then the ones that make you diet. These will give you your targets: call them goals. Losing weight and keeping it off can be hard or harder. People who say it is easy were never fat as children or have lost their sense of taste.

This is definitely a “diet” trigger.

The first definition of the word “diet” is: The kinds of foods that a person, animal or community habitually eats. Hmmmp! Now it’s a medical thing or a verb to change your habitual habits. (Yes, I know this is redundant but I’m on a rant, so leave me alone!) OK, OK, enough of the rant. How can you tell I have a pre-op weigh-in tomorrow. I’m carb starved. Sigh. I’ll live. I might even follow my own advice. I know it works. the way, I’ve spent 45 years of my life on one sort of weight loss diet or another. Very sad. So, what am I doing about it? I’m going back to the number one definition of diet and making it my habit to eat right and the rest will follow.

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on May 30, 2012.

2 Responses to “Diets Suck Up Your Life – Pulling the Trigger”

  1. Fat is a feminist issue! Definitely.
    Loved this blog entry. Thanks D!

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