During some online brainstorming the other day about reclaiming the Fat Poz ReVolution (which is aparently being stolen by a weight-loss reality show), Pattie Thomas suggested video blogging “a brief bio on who you are, what your story is and why you [DO NOT] want to lose weight.” (Quote is from the reality show producers except for the added bit in brackets.)
Well, I’ve never video blogged, but the topic of why I don’t diet sounds like a good blog post to me.
So here goes. I’m the youngest of five children, and all my siblings plus both my parents have dieted. Amazingly, my mom lost the weight and kept if off. She was fat for a few years during the 1960s and 1970s, and maybe her fatness was going to go away anyway. But my dad, three sisters, and one brother have each tried dieting over the years and it never works. And each one of them keeps trying. (My brother has probably not dieted much, but he has done it.) Coincidentally, all of them smoke or have smoked, and I never got hooked on that either.
Am I lucky, or just smart? Well, I sure am lucky, but I also like to think that I learned from their experiences, which add up to the fact that diets don’t usually work. It’s hard when I go to the doctor and he wants me to lose weight. But after gaining a few pounds a year for several years in the 1990s, I’ve been at a stable weight for a long time. And, I’ve added whole grains and a greater variety of foods to my intake. But, no, I don’t diet for weight loss.
How would you folks answer the question “Why don’t you want to diet?” Or, getting back to Pattie’s original (slightly different) question, “Why don’t you want to lose weight?”