Based on Results, Dieting Doesn’t Work
By guest blogger Linda Rohrbough
I’ve learned to watch the people who are successful at what I want to do and imitate them. But when it came to weight loss, I did the opposite. Not intentionally, mind you. But what’s the automatic answer to weight gain? You know the answer as well as I do – go on a diet.
But think about this for a minute. I don’t know a single fat person who is NOT on a diet. If you talk to them, they’ll tell you in great detail about the current diet they’re on. (The fact that this isn’t their first rodeo ought to be a clue in itself.)
Just from a Star Trek Vulcan logic viewpoint, is that the way to lose weight? Clearly, it is the way to gain weight. Look at the results.
Let me tell you a funny story. Before I had LAP-BAND® surgery, and I didn’t know how much I weighed because my doctor’s scale stopped at 350 pounds, the rail-thin husband of my former writing buddy asked me for help. At that point, I’d stopped dieting because I didn’t want to get any bigger. His doctor said he needed to put on some weight.
“Smart man,” I said, “you’ve come to the right place.”
“Should I eat more nuts?”
“Forget the nuts. Go on a diet.”
He looked confused. “You don’t understand. I’m trying to gain weight.”
I responded with, “No, you don’t understand. Look at all the fat people. What are they doing? Dieting. Based on results, that’s how to put on weight. Trust me. This, I know how to do. Let me give you the ‘Rohrbough Flab Plan.’ Diet for a couple of weeks, lose two to five pounds. Make sure you feel deprived. Don’t eat when you’re hungry. When you go off the diet, you’ll pack back on what you lost, plus some – a net gain.”
He shook his head and walked away. Which is too bad, because it works. Ask any fat person. As far as I know, he’s still underweight.
Dieting is deprivation. My theory, based on what I’ve learned from doctors and my own experience, is when my body is deprived, it tries to compensate. It starts by reducing my metabolism. When I go back to eating what I ate before, there’s less ability to burn the fuel, so the extra is stored as fat, just in case I get deprived again. I had a doctor tell me once that if there was a famine, I’d be a survivor.
What works with weight loss is a life-style change – a new method of operations. That’s what the LAP-BAND® provided for me. Because, as they say, if you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get what you’ve always got.
Linda Rohrbough coauthored Weight Loss Surgery with the Adjustable Gastric Band (Da Capo Lifelong Books) with her surgeon Dr. Robert Sewell. She also recently won the 2011 Global eBook Award and the 2011 Millennium Star Publishing Award for her suspense novel, The Prophetess One: At Risk. Visit her website: www.LindaRohrbough.com.