This is a post from my continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
It’d be nice if we could eat Chinese food, chicken wings, cheeseburgers, pizza or whatever else we wanted to and still lose weight. Or, in my case this past Saturday night, a steak covered in lobster sauce with a loaded baked potato. And sweet tea.
It’d make “dieting” that much more appealing, wouldn’t it?
That’s why I like talking about “good” food so much. You know, the food most people have been accustomed to throughout their entire life. Granted, we can eat a little too much good food, and that’s why we’re in our current predicament of having 25, 50, 100+ pounds to lose, but Chinese food didn’t make us fat. Pizza didn’t make us fat.
Tons of other publications talk about the really healthy foods that should be in our diet, the salads, legumes, grilled chicken, asparagus, etc, all the time and constantly say “NO!” to the “bad” food — the food that we all love. The foods that have simple carbs and are full of sugar, high in fat, high in calories, etc and we’re told that if we want to go on a diet and live a healthy lifestyle, we should avoid them.
It’s true, but that advice doesn’t help anybody lose weight.
While it’s all accurate in a textbook, it’s not the way to market a lifestyle to someone overweight. The most appealing thing to me about counting calories (also known as eating less) was that I didn’t have to stop eating things that I loved. I didn’t have to stop going out with friends for hot wings. I just had to go out a night or two a week instead of 4 or 5. And I had to get to the gym in between our nights out on the town.
One of my favorite bands, Live, has some lyrics that come to mind:
I sit with them all night
everything they say is right
but in the morning they were wrong
All of the advice and weight loss tips you read on the internet and see on those doctor shows on television are accurate. When I was obese I would scour over the same articles with the same weight loss tips and the same regurgitated information on countless websites, magazines, etc. Everybody said the same thing. That was the problem, I think. It was all “eat this, eat this at this time of the day, do this exercise, don’t eat this, don’t exercise this way, etc.” And then, occasionally, you’d come across an article or interview from an expert that claimed all of these other experts were wrong and his secret, patented diet was the key to weight loss. It’s maddening.
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I just wish I would’ve seen “Eat Less, Move More: Lose Weight by Eating Chinese Food, Chicken Wings, or Whatever Else You’d Like.”
Well, here it is.
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on January 25th, 2011