Her jewelry, removed, rests on the bathroom counter, her clothes lie in a pile on the off-white tile. Standing stark naked, she hangs her head to face the scale. The broken black lines in the digital display convey her disappointment. Two pounds down; a small percentage of the weight loss she had hoped, worked, and paid for. She’d been promised “rapid results” if she followed the rigid diet plan. Obsessively adhering to each detail, sweating, starving, planning, and preparing, all seemed worth it… if it worked. If she really could “lose x sizes, x pounds, x inches each week”!
Numbed by the number, she stares at the scale under her feet, drenched in disbelief. All week she had worked out, ate each outlined meal, took the pills, drank the shakes, and replaced chocolate with rice cakes. Her body had protested every step of the way, her stomach growled continuously throughout the day. She’d been lightheaded, on-edge, fatigued and depressed. But she met the stringent requirements of the diet, and hoped for the best. But after doing her part and giving her all, the number was nowhere near where they said it would fall…
So many messages within advertising try to appeal to our inherent desire for instant gratification: the quick, easy fix. The vast majority of diets promise “fast” and “easy” weight loss. This appeals to our psychology as human beings; our desire to change what we think is “wrong” with ourselves (when we do not meet the impossible, unrealistic portrayal of what “beauty” is in our society), as fast as super-humanely possible, and with the least amount of effort. Sad, but makes sense. What does NOT make sense, however, is that people seem to be forgetting or disregarding that when weight loss occurs too rapidly, not only can it be dangerous and unhealthy, but it is also much more likely that it will be gained back as well! Often causing one to weigh even more than before beginning a grueling diet and/or exercise regimen!
It is infuriating to me that “diets” are set up to fail, yet countless companies claim to have the answer you have simply yet to “discover”, by paying for whatever they are selling. They use pseudo science, misrepresent facts, hire actors as doctors, tell boldface lies, and make unrealistic promises. Yet the consumer, the individual on the diet, generally considers it a personal failure when they do not see the results they were told they would and could. Or worse, when an unreasonable diet causes a person to give up, give in, and eat what they want, many may feel a sense of shame, a loss of control, deep emotional turmoil over not “sticking to it”. Losing weight is generally hard work that requires a lifestyle change in order to be sustainable. Denying yourself entire food groups, including sweets and fat, generally leads to binging on these things! And it is important to remember that our bodies NEED some fat in our diets!!! That does NOT mean it will show up on our hips or thighs. Our brains and organs need fat to function properly! (And without fat, we do not have breasts. Just food for thought…)
Dieting, in my strong opinion, detracts from life itself. If you have an eating disorder, whether it is Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa, Over-exercising or Compulsive Overeating Disorder, ED-NOS, or if you are tired of trying diet after diet, Rader Programs can help. It is our mission to help you find the life and lifestyle that is right for you.