July 30, 2013

Because Everyone is Talking About it

Weightloss and fitness, that is.

I’ve tried to be very “eyes on my own plate” with my lifestyle transition, mostly because I’m still reading and studying and learning so much of all there is to know out there.

I ran across this blog post via one of my favorite facebook pages and I just had to share this with you, I loved it so much. Because, as so often happens, this blogger put into words what I’ve been wanting to say but felt insufficient for the task. (Also, I try to stay PG-rated, and this blogger is decidedly not, but I agree with the sentiment.)

Read on:

So now I'm trying this new thing. Though ETF is maligned as being a "free-for-all," really it's about eating enough to support your energy needs (exactly what you eat is up to you) and choosing healthy movement that will encourage a favorable body composition. In other words, moderation.

Many people who run through their stats through calorie calculators (like this one) are shocked beyond belief by how much energy (food) is required to fuel their bodies. Women, especially, have absorbed arbitrary calorie limits (1200 or 2000, most commonly) and cannot conceive of eating beyond them, even when they clearly weigh more or move more, or both, than that number would support. Eating less than one-quarter of the food your body requires is extreme. Burning hundreds or thousands of calories in exercise without restoring that energy depletion is extreme. But this is what is broadly recommended in popular culture, even by some mainstream physicians, and certainly by many "alternative" practitioners. Extremism is the rule.

Eat "clean" during the week --------> binge ("cheat") on the weekend.
Party it up during the holidays --------> starve ("detox") on January 1st.
Out of breath after a walk --------> take on P90X.

Moderation has no place in this culture. That's what makes this practice so radical. Certainly it's very challenging to my sense of right & wrong. Surely it cannot be acceptable to eat a doughnut. Surely it cannot be worthwhile to take small opportunities to walk. And yet it is. My pancreas does not spontaneously combust after having a doughnut and taking that little walk down to the corner store helped to make me more alert at work. The problem is, if you admit that you had a doughnut, what an extremist hears is that you don't eat anything except doughnuts. If you're happy about your five-minute walk, an extremist believes you never do anything but five-minute walks…..

You can read the rest here. Please do read the rest.


  1. I see a lot of stuff on Pinerest and FB with all these extreme changes people are making and the results they get and at first I think "I can do that, I can go paleo, workout 2x a day, easy peasy." Oh wait, I can't because my kid's dictate my workout schedule, unless I want to wake up at 4 am (hello extreme!) so I'm making changes that probably seem small to most but are extreme for me. Sometimes, I think Pinterest is a terrible thing because of all the pressure it can put on a person, you know what I mean?

  2. I loved this! It is all about small changes because that leads to big changes! And you are right about what people hear vs. don't hear... I completely believe in indulging but also practicing moderation. It's what has kept me on track and losing this baby weight :)

  3. After 3 calorie trackers and 1 supplement, I've started leaning more this way. Apparently, my body can build tolerance to the supplement and then you have to add another pill to boost it. Sounded like a money scam to me.

    I like not restricting my food. I like pasta and white breads. I love whole grains, too, and chocolate and ice cream. Now I just gotta work on a mindset of fueling the next workout instead of rewarding a previous workout.


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