Effective weight management is the
answer to many of the problems we have with weight gain today. If you read some
of the more fanatical diet books out there, weight management and
dieting can easily be mistaken for the same things. There are may doctors who are specialists in the field of weight, obesity collectively called bariatric medicine who would never diet nor would they view diets as anything other than short term, short sighted and largely a waste of time effort, money and pain such as Dr Ian Campbell.
In reality there are some key
differences between the two. The split into WHAT you can eat, WHEN you can eat and HOW MUCH you can eat.
Diets are prescriptive
What you can eat: THE CARROT SOUP DIET or THE CABBAGE SOUP DIET.
What you cant eat: Atkins, (no CARBS)
When to Eat. Eat, every few hours five or six small snack meals per day, or direct you to fast after a particular time or even every few days.
How much you can eat: WEIGHT WATCHERS.
Some diets like the renowned
Atkins diet appear to almost demonise certain foods or food groups. The Atkins diet works, to limit the body’s access to
carbohydrates and instead access the food intake around protein and fats.Others take the same draconian approach with either no dairy,
gluten free, low GI etc.
Why do diets fail?
Diets tend to fail when they are this
prescriptive because of the way the brain operates. Prescriptive diets suggest
what can and what cannot be eaten. The brain operates such that it can not not
think about something. This means that in order to not think about something it first has to think about it to eradicate
it from its thoughts, which by doing this, it has already thought about the
thinking it is not thinking about.
Confused? Here’s an example to help.
Try not to think about this.........Don’t think of fried chicken. No don’t think
of fried chicken, and especially not succulent and glistening fried chicken. So
the more you remind yourself that you are not having something, because the diet you are on says I cannot have chicken, the more your
mind thinks and then fixates on it. By fixating
on something, something that is not available to you, because the diet says it
is not allowed to eat, then, the thing you are not allowed becomes more prominent in your thoughts, more desirable and ends up being something that you crave.
Your brain will try and outsmart your diet
Our brain will find ways to outsmart diets. Diets fail, resulting in lost self esteem, feeling of failure, or even describing eating as cheating and restoring any weight changes and worse weighing more than at the start.
Effective weight management means never having to
"Be on a diet" again!
Weight management is non-prescriptive
and instead it is a process of small techniques that support mind and body to
enjoy all the food eaten, be aware of grazing absent mindedly and
reduce non-enjoyment eating. Effective Weight Management is a lifestyle of healthy eating. Using Weight management will mean NEVER HAVING TO DIET AGAIN.
Weight loss of 100lbs in less than a year and maintained ever since.
Enjoy food forever
Weight management allows all foods to
be eaten, with the focus on enjoying all foods, having a healthy relationship with
all foods, getting portions right and using food to meet your hunger and
appetite needs instead of being used to manage mental health issues such as boredom,
anxiety, control issues and anger.