Below is the interview with kiwi, done 21 July 2009 Tuesday, 17:00:00 your time.
Are you overweight? Or have you ever been overweight?
Yes, in fact I am dangerously obese
If you are overweight, what do you think is the reason FOR YOU?
there are many reasons, some physical, some psychological
I believe the psychological aspect is most important.
that is, clinical depression, whenever I am upset or depressed, I eat.
What do you think is the reason FOR OTHER OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE?
some the same as mine, depression. for others, metabolic imbalances
Are you on a diet at the moment?
Not exactly, I am trying to develop a healthy lifestyle change
What does diet mean for you?
a- Not to eat and starve myself.
b- Cutting the calories.
c- Cutting the calories plus increasing the exercise.
d- Getting all the things my body needs with less calories.
e- Getting all the things my body needs with less calories plus increasing the exercise.
f- Eating as usual but increasing the exercise.
g- Healthy life style.
h- Your own definition. Please type.
Being on a Diet is an unpleasant and unsustainable drastic change in eating habits that is supposed to help you lose weight
A Diet is the food you consume
Do you expect your diet to be successful, if so why? If not why?
Yes. I expect my diet to be successful because it is not a prescribed DIET. It is a sustainable healthy lifestyle change that will make me feel better and loose weight.
Have you ever managed to lose weight, but then gain again? If yes, why and how did you get back some of the weight?
Yes. I lost 120 pounds on Atkins. But, I got carbohydrate cravings, and further, I felt the diet was too limiting. So I gradually gained the weight back, not having any suitable guidelines to follow
If you have ever succeeded to achieve your diet goals, what is it that you`ve done right?
I have succeeded in achieving my diet goals short term, but, since I could not maintain the level for more than 3 years, I do not consider myself successful in this area.
One thing that did help was motivation. I was afraid that my health would deteriorate significantly if I did not lose weight.
The same motivation is driving me now.
Please tell us 3 tips for a successful diet. We are all ears.
Eat the food you like
record the food you eat
make sure the food you eat provides at least the minimum RDA for both macro and micro nutrients
What are you observing in other dieters as mistakes?
some peoples diets are too restrictive
Please tell us some important mistakes you did in your diets. We can learn from them.
too drastic, not enough calories or carbs
too limiting, not enough variety of foods
not nutritionally balanced,
If you never managed to get thin until now, why do you think? A criticizing mother? Pizza Hut?
I still have not succeeded, but I will.
A poor self image from my father telling me I was too fat as a teenager even though, looking back at the pictures, I looked fine.
Being forced to eat everything that was put on my plate from the time I was toddler, even when I cried, and my stomach was so overfull that it hurt. Being praised when I did manage to eat everything.
How should your close ones treat you as a dieter? Should they better be quiet on the subject, or should they push you?
they should treat me with respect, and assume that I know what I am doing.
Stay quiet. Do not nag or suggest what I should eat.
If I occasionally choose to eat something that is not good for me, I am already aware of it. and will make my own adjustments the following day.
If you are living with others, how do you handle the problem of you having special diet meals while others have their usual meals?
My husband cooks a lot for himself, and I cook a lot for myself. I will make 2 different breakfasts, and cook things like vegetables or a make a dessert that both of us can eat.
How do you cope with eating less? For some people it really hurts and is like hell. For some others, they enjoy the light feeling. How about you?
I find that I can loose weight and still feel full. If you are not satisfied, no diet will work in the long run. I make sure I get plenty of fibre, eat breakfast , and lots of potassium, as well as a balanced diet of fruits and vegies, protein, grains and dairy product.s
Could you warn us about some diet methods you got involved with that did not work?
Any fad diet, I tried almost all of them
Could you tell us some diet methods you got involved with that did work.
See what I said in coping with eating less.
Where do you stand on the subject of exercise?
I am an intellectual by nature, not an athlete. However, I realise that the body is a physical machine, and requires excercise to keep it running smoothly. Right now, I am too heavy to even walk. When I loose ten more pounds, in a couple of weeks, I will start a walking program.
Is there anything you`d care to say about diets?
Diet is a 4 letter word. It scares me and a lot of people. A diet is often seen as temporary. But what is necessary is a permanent, sustainable change in our relationship with food, the will lead to good eating habits.
Developing good eating and excercise habits, I believe, is the secret to a healthy body.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Thank-you for your questions. They have helped me examine my own perspective, and clarified what steps I should take to become a healthier person.