I get sad sometimes when I read about the diet programs of actors and actresses that I really like.
Case in point. This is from an article on the internet of how a certain actress “keeps her figure” and looks after her health (I changed the name to Ms. X because, does it really matter who it is? Most of these articles about celebrity diets are the same):
“Because she ‘never slows down,’ Ms. X added that she takes amino acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, Bs, C, D, and E. ‘I’m always reading about ways to stay alkaline and cleanse… I try to work with [my body] and not burden it with chemicals or unnatural substances – especially because I ask so much of it.’ [She] starts every day with a glass of water either with fresh squeezed lemon [FYI: There is no evidence that this does anything at all], Dr. Schulze liver herbal cleanse, or Livatrex, she said. For breakfast, she eats steel cut oatmeal with almond milk, earth balance ‘butter,’ and maple syrup or cinnamon. ‘I’ve just discovered how easy it is to make my own almond milk! It takes two minutes!,’ she exclaimed. For lunch, she usually has a shake with added ground flax seed. And for dinner she said she loves a stir-fry with brown rice. ‘It’s so easy and good! I love soy sauce,’ she said.”
So a small bowl of oatmeal, a green smoothie or whatever for lunch and stir fry vegetables and rice for dinner? That’s it? I’d be so hungry if I ate that little everyday. Plus there’s a fair amount of unscientific woo in there, i.e. the lemon water and cleansing concoctions. That stuff is total BS.
After reading this “article”, I had an epiphany: I have lost weight several times and regained it several times because I lost it by unsustainable means. But, it seems like the only way for me to lose weight is to do so via unsustainable means. To create a calorie deficit that results in fat loss and by extension, weight loss, I need to eat about half the food that my appetite demands—at least it seems like half in volume, if not in calories.
It seems I am in the midst of a lifelong struggle between the constant hunger for a different body and just plain constant hunger.
So it seems like I have 2 choices. I can accept my body as is and just do my best to keep it healthy and mobile or I can be hungry, all day, everyday, for the rest of my life.
Spoiler Alert: I’m leaning towards the former.
This idea is well-explained by genius comedienne, Kathy Griffin.