Below is the interview with anonymous, done 20 August 2013 Tuesday, 07:46:10 your time.
Are you overweight? Or have you ever been overweight?
Are you on a diet at the moment?
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.
For me, "diet" means an actively chosen way of eating.
Do you expect your diet to be successful, if so why? If not why?
Yes. I have been maintaining a similar eating style for about a decade, and have felt my overall health improve and maintain.
If you have ever succeeded to achieve your diet goals, what is it that you`ve done right?
I don't try to deprive myself of things I want. Instead, I look for the healthiest alternatives which approximately satisfy the desires I have.
Please tell us 3 tips for a successful diet. We are all ears.
1. Cut out refined and high glycemic load foods 100%. Replace these foods with whole-food versions of the same. For instance: I want something sweet? Eat fresh fruit. I want some bread? Eat something with whole grains. Etc.
* Only keep whole-foods in the house. Make it so the only alternative available to satisfy the urge for something sweet, or something highly refined is the healthier, whole-food version of that food. Don't let the high-glycemic-load foods exist on your shelves.
2. Cut out transfats 100%, and make sure your diet has a healthy variety of good fats. For instance, avocados, fish, nuts, etc. Learn to recognize when oil has gone bad, and don't eat anything that is rancid. If you aren't familiar with what fats are healthy and why, then you should study up.
3. Control portion size by ensuring every meal is nutritionally rich and satisfying. If I finish a meal and I discover I am still hungry, I take this as an indicator that there are probably nutrients my body needs that weren't present in that meal. I experiment to discover what nutrients my body is missing - I take a few bites of fresh, whole food from every food group that appeals to me. I eat until I feel 75% full, then wait 15 minutes to see if I'm still hungry before continuing to eat.
What are you observing in other dieters as mistakes?
Tendency to rely on other people to understand their nutritional needs. You need to become an expert on yourself. You need to read and study nutrition - not just pop-nutrition, but the science behind it - so that you can make the best decisions for yourself.
Please tell us some important mistakes you did in your diets. We can learn from them.
* Thinking that pasta would have fewer carbs than bread (wrong)
* Thinking that if I eat really well, I don't need exercise (wrong)
* Eating carbs first thing in the morning. Unless I am getting a lot of exercise, I feel better all day if I eat protein first thing in the morning instead.
* Thinking that alcohol isn't that high in carbs. It is.
* Not realizing I didn't need to eat until I was "full" all of the time. Smaller meals more often is better. Studies of the world's longest-living populations show that they eat less food than other populations, and yet remain the healthiest.
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 sensitive to your emotional state, and be ready to do either. If you are stressed, they should be quiet. If they see you are strategizing ways to improve your habits, they should push you. Etc.
If you are living with others, how do you handle the problem of you having special diet meals while others have their usual meals?
We make "diet" meals that everyone likes which are composed of whole, healthy foods. Everyone eats the same food, though usually in different portions.
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?
It takes a little training to get used to eating less. One trick is to eat very slowly - give your body time to adjust to the food you've already eaten. Eat 1/2 of what you think you want. Then wait 20 minutes. Then eat a little more, if you're still hungry (but only if you're still hungry). Often times, I would discover that I was not hungry anymore after waiting the 20 minutes. Also, Discover small foods that fill you up. Apples do this for me. It took some focus at first to eat less, but once I got in to the habit, and my body became accustomed to it, it felt great.
Could you tell us some diet methods you got involved with that did work.
Where do you stand on the subject of exercise?
Exercise is extremely important for maintaining overall health. I don't use it for weight loss, however. I find that when I exercise a lot, I need to eat more, and so it actually causes me to gain weight. As I moderate food, I also moderate exercise. For me this means about an hour of brisk walking twice a week.
Is there anything you`d care to say about diets?
I think that the notion that diets are for people who want to lose weight is absurd. Diets are important for all humans in order to maintain their health. In the world we live in, industrialization of food production has generated a lot of cheap, easy options for food consumption which are detrimental to our health. It is important for everyone to learn about and be conscious of what they eat.