Since Dr. Oz testified, I’ve been more interested in finding out what he says about weight loss so I went to the source…his website. I don’t watch the show because I always felt that he didn’t know what he was talking about regarding weight loss and I’ve heard that some of his shows contradict each other. But, I was curious and I should be checking out the competition 😉
On his website, he lists “100 top weight loss tips” and, as expected, there are some really helpful tips that will work and some that won’t work for most.
His helpful tips include (they probably sound familiar to my faithful readers!):
- Slow down while eating
- Don’t eat while distracted
- Enjoy life
- Eat seasonally
Not so helpful tips include:
- Watch your weight and weigh yourself. Yikes – see my earlier blog post about this.
- Identify triggers and picture your goal weight when they hit to resist temptation…um, if it were that easy, we’d all do it!
- Use a tape measure instead of a scale….really?!?! That will only serve to throw us into a bad body image day.
Just like everything else, there are pros and cons to everything and that is why no one plan works for everyone. You need to be discerning when it comes to what will work for you and your body, YOU know what is best. The challenge is that there is so much contradictory information out there that it’s hard to know what to do or where to start. That’s where I come in!
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I’m sure everyone has heard about Dr. Oz testifying before the US Congress regarding comments made on his TV show about some products being “magic weight loss cures.” During his testimony, members of Congress scolded him for purporting that these products are miracle cures or quick fixes for weight loss stating that it misleads the American public. I don’t disagree but I think Congress was making an example of Dr. Oz that can apply to companies and people who claim to have the magic cure.
I have to ask myself what the true motivation is for people to lose weight. Is it to look better, avoid disease, contain healthcare costs for obesity related illness or to be healthy? Maybe it’s a combination. However, the way in which most people go about losing weight through starvation diets, extreme exercising, drugs, supplements and radical surgery isn’t working. Yet, there are more and more claims that these types of approaches are the next miracle. In fact, the diet and diet related industry is a $50 billion a year enterprise yet we still seeing rising obesity rates. Additionally, 98% of people who go on a weight loss diet gain the weight back (plus more) within 1 year.
There is something inherently flawed with either the motivation or the way in which we attempt to shed weight. Clearly we need a different approach, one that is uniquely tailored to the individual, based on self-love instead of self-hate and includes uncovering the emotional reasons for over-eating, maintaining macro nutrient balance, high quality food and joyful movement. This is how the field of Eating Psychology approaches weight loss which is considered the secondary result of exploring the emotional factors. It’s a kind and gentle approach and one that succeeds in helping people create a joyful life and healthy mind, bodies and souls.
I went to a wedding a very long time ago where the parents of the bride gave this advice: “Be Kind To Each Other.” This is brilliant advice which is why I remembered it for all these years when I can’t remember what I did yesterday! Why not be kind to yourself? We are rarely kind to ourselves when it comes to our weight, body image or eating habits. We are filled with self-loathing instead. What would happen if we were kind regarding our eating? Would we start to eat better quality food and eliminate the processed stuff? Would we start listening to our body wisdom? Would we take the time to educate ourselves about all of the different ways of eating to craft our own unique eating plan? The ideas are endless but it all starts with being kind to ourselves.
What will you do today to be kind to yourself? Head to the comments and let me know!
Do something for yourself today. Get a manicure, massage, take a hike or just walk the dog with no distractions. Slow down and enjoy the day doing something nice for yourself. You’ll be surprised at how great it feels. Go ahead and pamper yourself…I’m giving you permission 😉
Find your own paradise and display it prominently…It’s a great stress reliever. Even better…try to live there or at least visit. I know, I know, it seems impossible but nothing’s impossible if you put your mind to it.