When it comes to diets, I dare to call myself an expert. When I was eleven years old, I went with my mother for the first time to the dietician, that’s what it was called back then. How many diets have I followed since then? The EDH diet, the bread diet, the lifelong fit, Atkins, protein shakes, the dark days diet, the coleslaw diet, the just-non-eating diet (when I was an adolescent), the juice diet, the two-day-per-week diet. And then I must have forgotten a few diets.
In all these years, we’ve only been able to add kilos. I am now obese. I find that hard to accept, but I’m never going to follow a diet again. Instead I try to teach myself a healthy lifestyle. This also involves trial and error, but it still seems to work. I have been stable for over a year now, there are no more kilos. And I am very happy with that.
What is a healthy lifestyle? It will be different for each person, but I can tell you what it means to me. Varied food, with lots of vegetables and lots of protein. Always having breakfast. Drinking water and green tea. Move around every day, even if it’s just taking the stairs or going for a walk outside during my lunch break instead of sitting at my desk. A few times a week a longer walk. Occasionally running or swimming. Avoid stress.
I can do a reasonable job of doing the above. Of course, walking or swimming can get in the way. Of course I am often stressed. Of course I have excesses. Recently I went out to dinner with my husband, and together we enjoyed beer and bitterballs as an appetizer. Actually I shouldn’t do that, but the more you forbid yourself, the harder it makes yourself. So it’s at times like that that that I consciously enjoy the good food and the pleasant evening with my husband. The following days I start to move a bit more and I eat a bit more fruit and vegetables.
Soon I’m going to try to lose some kilos again, because that’s healthier. The basis remains the healthy lifestyle, but I’m going to eat less rice and potatoes and more vegetables, fish and chicken. And I’m going to start again with a training schedule for running. As long as it doesn’t look like a diet, because I’m allergic to it!
Tired of diet
This is my personal experience. I can imagine that if you want to lose a few kilos, you’ll have to ‘just’ follow a diet. With me there is no question of that. I also understand that if you weigh hundreds of kilos, as with the extreme waste programmes on television (Obese, My 600 lb-Life), extreme measures are needed. Like a gastric band or stomach reduction, a subject I’d rather not think about.