If you know me or this blog, you know I think that food and weight can dramatically impact MS or any chronic health issue. If the truth be told, I feel like I have struggled with weight issues since I was twelve or maybe even younger. I doubt that is unlike many of you, especially women.
I have counted points, ate only protein, eliminated carbs, counted points again, exercised too much, exercised too little, taken diet pills (way back when), binged, starved and anything else to lose weight and then gain it right back again. I have lost and gained the same twenty pounds for over twenty years.
Since my MS diagnosis, I started to look at food and weight very differently. It became about health instead of skinny jeans. I am almost rid of that pesky twenty pounds again and hope to approach the rest of my life much differently in terms of maintaining a healthy weight.
When I read this, it really made sense….
“Think of the insignificant gimmicks that you’ve been told will help you drop
- Eat breakfast every single day: If you don’t, your body goes into ’starvation mode’.
- Drink Coffee to speed up your metabolism
- Drink 12 glasses of cold water every day
- Eat protein for lunch
- Sip Green Tea all day
- Take your Fish Oil Pills every day.
In reality NONE of these things are going to result in significant or long lasting weight loss results.
Each one is either a misuse of scientific fact (confusing an association with causation), is an exaggeration (the ‘metabolism boosting’ effects of green tea or caffeine) or is simply repeating common myths as facts (protein for lunch).
And while the health marketers that push these info tid-bits may or may not mean well, convincing you to focus on the minor and mostly irrelevant tasks can not only prevent you from losing weight, it can also affect your health.
Successfully losing weight seems to be one of the most difficult life-problems to solve.
Yet it can be solved with one of the easiest solutions: Eating less.”
Often overlooked, but so obvious.