11 May 2011,

Contrasting the noisy cacophony of obesity and weight loss information, lies the eerie silence accompanying the bazillion dollar question for anyone so brave as to ask regarding how to eat less and lose weight:

“‘Yes, but for God’’s sakes what do I DO to eat less?!’”

People ask me this all the time. After providing a self-indulgent chat about neurons and dopamine, I am left to realize that what I have said makes absolutely no sense to the listener. Tattered patience fills the air, trying to fight with my last gust of words like, ‘mu opioid’, a word I say with as much enthusiasm and gusto as you might only reserve for words like ‘Jimmy Choo’, ‘Sample Sale’ and ‘Today’ all strung together at once.
…And this only underscores the pretty critical point I was trying to make:

I am still kind of stumped as to how to make all this knowledge about eating behaviour practical, useable enough to address:
‘But… what do I DO?!’

In a quick and easy way. In a way that might convince you to start thinking about mu-opioids without knowing that they have a really weird name, and understanding how to control your eating impulses.

OK, so frantic repetition of, ‘Eat Less, Move More’ DOESNˊT work? Thanks.

Writing my book with James Fell has forced me to Think Practical. Throw out ideas. Be adventurous. Give some advice, damnit! Dance like no one’’s watching.

Cut that last part – I am, after all, offering advice regarding a sensitive issue, and- those witness to my ‘dancing’ are presumably not only people asking me openly for help, but also the Other Community of World Experts in Obesity. So, it’s not like I’’m not going to start blaring the advantages of mass consumption of Vitamin D and Coffee, despite the fact that both are shown to reduce appetitive drives – because… well,… isn’’t it obvious?

…People will think I’’m a quack!
… and it might not work, and then Iˊm all the worse off for giving shoddy advice.

Herein lies the real problem: maybe we should be a little less inhibited when it comes to offering solutions for weight loss. I’’m always wary of doctors who rave about low carb diets, but the fact of the matter, is that using a ‘low carb’ rule can be a way to annihilate a huge thwack of palatable, high energy dense food. Using a rule like ‘no processed flour’ may force patients to focus on what they ingest in a more interested and curious manner, and that may actually knock off a few pounds in the long run.

I’’m not advocating that you buy ‘Weight loss earrings’ (please, note to James Fell, please can we find a link for this?) Ah, here we go:
weight loss earrings
NOTA BENE: not only are they hideous, they are also best sellers. .

Judgement is obviously an important part of this game. But a bigger problem than wary consumers, is the scrum of ˊexpertsˊ desperate for fifteen minutes of weight loss fame, who are simply hyper-critical of those ideas only because they are not specifically ‘theirs’. Iˊm hesitant to jump on anything called ˊholisticˊ, but maybe we need to embrace the various ways that individuals will adopt a strategy to maintain a healthy body weight.

We will all find our own path for creating a strategy to stay lean in todayˊs ˊˊfood environmentˊˊ, letˊs not knock what we donˊt know, which is how anyone else manages to cope.

And so…

My advice for the day is:

- buy a pedometer. You’ll be amazed at how much this stupid thing makes you WANT to walk, and maybe eventually run.
- The mood boost you’ll get from this is likely to lessen your desire for palatable food.
- That last point I have absolutely no empirical proof, aside from my own experience.


One response on “How To Eat Less and Lose Weight – But… What do I DO?!

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