Below is the interview with KSVCNCCRL, done 21 July 2009 Tuesday, 17:00:00 your time.
Are you overweight? Or have you ever been overweight?
not overweight at the moment, but would still like to lose a few pounds
If you are overweight, what do you think is the reason FOR YOU?
an unhealthy emotional dependancy on food, one which sees me rely on food as comfort rather than face difficult emotional situations on my own
What do you think is the reason FOR OTHER OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE?
everyone is different and everyone's relationship to food is different, I cannot presume or speak for others.
Are you on a diet at the moment?
yes I am carefully managing my diet, and whilst trying to eat a varied and nutritionally complete diet, I am restricting which foods and food groups I eat, and also how many calories I consume per day.
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.
a combination of answers d and e.
Do you expect your diet to be successful, if so why? If not why?
I hope so, if I didn't believe it would be successful I wouldn't persist. From past experience, I have seen that a disciplined and focused approach to one's diet cannot but yield results.
Have you ever managed to lose weight, but then gain again? If yes, why and how did you get back some of the weight?
I have lost a lot of weight in the past, and was unable to sustain the weight at which I was, this was due to the unhealthy weight loss that resulted in me being extremely underweight. the weight I gained was as a result of eating normally and healthily.
If you have ever succeeded to achieve your diet goals, what is it that you`ve done right?
a combination of loads of varied exercise and an extremely disciplined diet
Please tell us 3 tips for a successful diet. We are all ears.
- focus on the health benefits of each and every food, analyze each food in terms of what it can bring to your body vitamin and mineral-wise and then compare that to the calorie content, then you can make an informed decision on whether or not that food is worth it.
- cut out all sugar, including fruit and high GI vegetables, for the first 3 weeks of your diet, this will be tough at first but will help get over sugar cravings, and give you an incentive to continue the diet, and not waste all that effort that you have made at the beginning. It will also give you a confidence that you are able and strong enough if you put your mind to it.
- set goals, realistic ones, but definitive ones, as you gradually achieve these goals it will give you confidence and the motivation to keep up the good work.
What are you observing in other dieters as mistakes?
- using one slip up as an excuse to call it quits, just because you gave in once and had a treat that you shouldn't of, does NOT mean that the whole days diet was in vain. just consider the slip up, acknowledge it, and get over it. Don't let it affect the rest of you day, just continue as normal and vow not to do it again.
- one day of good dieting - one day bad dieting. One day of starvation does not equal one day of bingeing. Both are harmful to your body, and both are extremes that should be avoided and will not help you get a healthy and balanced body and mindset.
- Impossible targets/goals. Not only is it demoralizing when you don't achieve them, but they also work as a deterrent highlighting how vast and enormous the struggle ahead of you might be (regardless of whether it actually is of not) unrealistic goals, make succeeding seem like an impossibility.
- Thinking that a diet will fix all the problems in ones life. Looks are looks, but what is far more important and satisfying is being happy, happiness will shine through any body, large or small, and is a magnet for good. When you project honesty and genuine happiness, you attract people to you who mean well and who will support you for the right reasons, that can't always be said for the people you will attract by simply having the ideal body.
Please tell us some important mistakes you did in your diets. We can learn from them.
- becoming too obsessed and concerned with food and body shape. It took all of the joy out of actually achieving the goals I had set for myself. It also meant I was unable to get any kind of enjoyment from food. I can easily see how the diet combined with course of thinking I was on could have spiraled out of control and become dangerous. I also lost touch with what I actually looked like and became more concerned with weight goals, almost competitively, it was unhealthy.
- expecting results too quickly, not allowing them to come at a natural, healthy and sustainable rate. This meant that I lost weight unhealthy, losing muscle rather than fat and as a result left me as weak and frail rather than thin and fit.
If you never managed to get thin until now, why do you think? A criticizing mother? Pizza Hut?
- I have never attempted to truly resolve the issues I have with food, and the emotional dependancy and relationship I have to food. I am still incapable of coping with stressful and challenging emotional situations without turning to food as comfort. I'm sure this stems from deeper emotional issues relating to certain people who are in my life, however I am still unable to pinpoint who or what these triggers are.
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 be supportive. I have always found that when you decide to go on a diet, the people around you seem to see this as a challenge to them to break your diet, or convince you not to diet. I think that being supportive and open to a change in my lifestyle would be far more helpful and positive. Sharing ones problems and anxieties makes them far more manageable.
If you are living with others, how do you handle the problem of you having special diet meals while others have their usual meals?
I live alone, however I frequently eat out with others and my partner, who now are used to me ordering a health/diet conscious option. It has kind of become a joke to them now.
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 love the light feeling, of having eaten just the right amount, energized yet light and full of tenacity. I hate the feeling of being full.
Could you warn us about some diet methods you got involved with that did not work?
atkins, although I lost weight when I went for medical analysis it showed that I was consuming dangerously high levels of fat and my body fat percentage was extremely high, even though my weight was well within the normal and healthy range.
Macrobiotic, It was very complicated and restrictive, although I have learnt a lot from this way of life, that I apply to my lifestyle and eating habits, being strictly macrobiotic was too much work for me and too isolating, it became near impossible to eat out with friends.
Where do you stand on the subject of exercise?
exercise is the key to a healthy body and mind