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  • Sherri Hayter
    June 04, 2012 - 15:45

    Thank you for this wonderful article! More light really needs to be shed on acceptance of ourselves - diets do create preoccupation with food - eating should be a natural activity where we are able to listen to our bodies needs but instead with the massive cultural preoccupation with weight and body size, we've turned something that is natural for the sustenance of our lives into something compulsive and unhealthy! Orchid, that is wonderful that you've lost 35 pounds and kept it off for 4 years - I myself lost over 100 pounds several years ago but I have not been able to maintain all of the loss and I've tortured myself as a result. I have resigned myself from diets and now listen for signs of my hunger and eat when I'm hungry and stop when I've had enough. I exercise regularly and am beginning to have peace within myself. That is my wish for all people, and just because someone is larger than the cultural norm (which hasn't always been what it is now - you need only look at a Titian painting for evidence of this), does not mean that they do not deserve peace and happiness. Health at every size is the way to end the zaniness around dieting, I don't care who you are, when you are on a diet, life becomes about food - what to eat, what not to eat, how much to eat, whether to eat upon waking, not eat before bed, leave the table just a little hungry, don't have that beer, milk not cream in my coffee, a salad when I really am craving protein blah blah blah! That is no life!! If we weren't so preoccupied and obsessed with food and our bodies, we could eat naturally and our bodies would normalize naturally. I have 2 young boys who are of normal size (a little tall for their ages) but my eldest who is 6 told me the other day that he needed to lose weight! He is in kindergarten!!!! If we think this is healthy as a nation, we need our heads read!

  • Andy
    May 06, 2012 - 14:02

    Thanks a lot for this great article about losing weight.When you want to lose weight I think just avoiding the food types that feed the fat cells and instead eat foods that feed the muscle is good advice. I have reviews of various weight loss programs on my blog: http://www.theweightlossproductreviewblog.com/

  • Kyle
    May 06, 2012 - 08:45

    I agree with Orchid. If you are truly dedicated and you are exited about your weight loss program then there is no reason why it should be unhealthy (assuming you don't put your health at risk going to extremes). Healthy eating, exercise and fitness programs can make you feel really good about yourself. So if you enjoy it, please DO enjoy it. If you don't want to: who's telling you that you have to? Using personal weight loss programs has really helped me lose weight. The most successful program is http://gmdiets.com/reviews/a-personalized-diet-for-you/ that lets you eat fresh and healthy while losing weight fast and effeciently.

  • Orchid Pistachio
    May 06, 2012 - 00:20

    This article just seems wrong on so many levels. It's simply a justification to remain obese. In fact, it's even a bit whiney. "oh, counting calories is mentally unhealthy..." what a crock! And to say diets don't work... Yeah, for the people who are too lazy to do it! It took me 4 years to correct my bad eating habits and lose 35 pounds, and being back to my high school weight has never felt better. And guess what? I don't have to count calories, because I know the difference between good food and bad food. I exercise 3 to 4 days a week and I love it! Maybe a few of you should quit making excuses and actually attempt to do your body some good.