Monday, December 10, 2007

Weight Loss, Diets, and Common Sense

As I took my seat in the auditorium to listen to an anti-obesity lecture that my husband invited me to attend (I will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that there are no hidden messages behind his invitation), I prayed that the next half-hour or so will not be a complete waste of time. I do not believe in diets, never been on one, and will never be.

The lecture, which was presented by a psychiatrist and not a specialized physician or a dietitian, was refreshingly different since the lecturer did not even mention the D word. He advised that a successful and sustainable weight loss is possible via cognitive and behavioral change.

  1. List the advantages of losing weight
  2. Acknowledge that there is no quick fix
  3. Learn to love your body
  4. Do not cheat
  1. Only eat when hungry
  2. Eat slowly
  3. Stop eating when satisfied
  4. Exercise
I am convinced that this approach is doable and effective since it agrees with common sense. I hope that you too will find it useful. I also hope that you will give me the benefit of the doubt and trust that like my husband, the word "FATSO" never crossed my mind.


Anonymous said...

I am tired of reading and hearing about dieting, and having a psychiatrist give a lecture about it? are you kidding me.. it is all about how many calories a person takes and how many calories burnt, does this subject really need people to give lectures , write about over and over ?

nahoul said...

Dear Anonymous,
This hostility reminds me of a so called friend currently residing in the US. Is it you???

Anonymous said...

yes it is me, u should have figured it out by "are u kidding me"? and why on earth a "so called friend"?