I must be at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to blog topics or I'd leave this one alone. But almost everyone I know has been on or is currently on some kind of a diet. Well except for my sister who is a bitty thing. She and I are like Jekyll and Hyde. My whole life I've needed to watch what I eat, while our family doctor told my sister to drink milkshakes between meals to gain. She swears to me that needing to gain is as hard as trying to lose. Not sure I'm buying that.
I'm also blessed, or cursed, depending on how you look at it with a primary care doctor who is a runner and is half my age. A week or so ago I saw where our government agency on health thinks doctors don't spend enough time talking to their patients about weight. My doctor never got that message. I see him twice a year for general check ups, once in the winter and once in the summer. The first thing that happens before I go into an examining room, the nurse weigh me. During my winter visit the doctor brings in my chart, shakes his head and always begins with--"Your blood pressure is good, but your weight is up." I always say, "I'm a fair-weather walker." He says: "Bundle up, or join a gym.". Generally my next comment is: "In the winter I like comfort food." He gives me the evil eye and starts to lecture about how weight gain is caused by one thing--expending less calories than you take in.
Of course I know that. Anyone who has tried every diet that's the rage of the age knows that. When I was younger I could look at the scale, see the gain, adjust my intake and lose 5 to 10 pounds in nothing flat. Now it's almost impossible. I talk to the doctor about my sluggish metabolism. He rolls his eyes. "It used to be zero," I say. "Now I'm sure it runs in the minus column." He says blaming metabolism is bunk.
I honestly don't think men understand how much more difficult it is for women to lose weight than for our male counterparts. I don't take any men's magazines, but I wonder if they have as many articles on weight loss as every woman's magazine I've seen? My new Health magazine has 6 references to weight on the cover. "Lose Weight Faster", "Special Healthy Eating Issue", "Gain Mastery Over Cravings", "Yes A Flat Belly Can Be Yours", "Do You Need That Extra Cookie?" (Hello!) And last an article titled: "New Secrets To Slimming Down."
Get ready for it--this new secret to slimming down is the age old commentary on the old mantra--"eat less, exercise more." The exercises recommended haven't changed a lot since I had PE in elementary school. This article did point out one of women's biggest saboteurs is social eating. Women bond over meeting for lunch and often order what sounds good instead of choosing a healthy alternative. Okay, I'll buy into that. I love to meet friends for lunch or dinner. However, I feel articles dealing with how to lose weight almost never take into account that women aren't all cut from the same mold. Like my sister has been smaller boned and over-all smaller than me from the time she was 7 and I was 1. Some of us are born into families that equate food with love. That can set up a life-long battle against adding on pounds.
So since I've waded into this can of worms, let's talk frankly. Oh yes, I found another article titled: "Think Yourself Thin". (Really?) Yes, it's time to say what you think.