Not a week goes by without some research being published on the current amount of obesity in the United States. As of today 68.8 percent of the population is considered to be overweight or obese. Conversely 795 million people worldwide do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. I am not sharing this information to point fingers at anyone about their weight since I have struggled with mine perhaps from the time I was in utero. My ability to transition from looking svelte to appearing box like has been an ongoing process.
I, like so many others have tried every diet under the sun; low carb, high carb, high protein, fasting, and on and on. I would lose the weight, exercise and be so excited with my new self, but then old habits would creep in, or stress from a number of life challenges and slowly but surely the weight came back on. It has been noted by researchers in the field of obesity that 90% of individuals who lose weight gain it back plus more, especially on so called quick weight loss programs.
I have found that when I attempt to follow what I consider to be a program that eliminates everything I love in lieu of food that tastes like bark, I am bound to fail. It is fascinating how many diet plans are akin to studying to be a hermit living in the woods. I come from an Italian background, pasta, bread, cheese, and wine were part of almost every dinner. Sometimes there was sausage or meatballs. Vegetables were not omitted. No one was obese, but then no one overate. My grandmother in particular was one for moderation in all things.
Moderation is not rocket science, nor is the fact that most of us know that if we ate less and moved more we would more than likely not have to worry about gaining weight. Unfortunately we have fallen prey to scams and schemes that seduce us to believe otherwise. We delude ourselves into believing that if we stop eating foods that are categorized as “bad” we are now being “good” and can consider ourselves practically saint like.
I’d like to propose a new way of looking at losing weight, one that can help us become healthier and happier. Why not try an altruistic diet? Altruism involves “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes”, and can extend life. What if those of us who need to reduce our poundage consider it an act of “giving and receiving”. I intend to start donating money to an organization that feeds the hungry for every pound I lose. It can be whatever is affordable. But the reward will not only be about the pounds lost but also about the benefits that come from helping our fellow man.