Trying the Tata Towel and Women’s DIY Version
Recent statistics reveal surprising information about women and weight loss. Right now, 45 percent of all women in the United States are dieting, compared to about 28 percent of men. Unfortunately, this reality does not reflect the way society expects it to; obesity remains a growing problem despite unprecedented access to quality information. What we are seeing is that more and more women are becoming aware of the benefits of a good diet, but a dramatic increase in cases of overweight and unhealthy people. This article discusses some key concepts about nutrition and weight loss advice for women.
A Woman’s Relationship to Food
Despite the change in gender social roles over the past 50 years, women still bear the brunt of the time they spend in the kitchen and in the grocery store. This reality has led to a lasting relationship between women and food, a relationship that men certainly do not share. When food serves as mere fuel for men, it brings women into a state of comfort and security. In other words, women feed men, and food feeds women.
Unprecedented access to information
The Internet has sent our culture into information overload and has caused many health-conscious people to become paranoid and overloaded. Women have never been so obsessed with numbers – fat content, calories, and the like – as they are today, and that has led to little if any, progress. This massive dissemination of nutritional information has given way to an era of “deprivation diets” in which women deny themselves the food they love so much, and this is a philosophy that clearly doesn’t work. The new question that needs to be addressed is: HOW can we incorporate the foods we love into a viable solution for weight loss that is affordable, that takes into account the needs of each and every individual, and that takes them into account.
Adapting Attitudes to Nutrition (FAA)
To make real progress in the weight loss process, it is critical that women balance their relationship with and association with the foods they love. Playing food against you will never succeed because denial doesn’t solve anything.
So the solution is to balance your emotional needs with your nutritional needs. The first step is to completely abandon the “good food versus bad food” paradigm. Eating has no agenda, and it is important to recognize this feeling and make it your own. Make decisions about the rules you set for yourself and put yourself at the center of your weight loss goals and successes. A deprivation diet is bound to end in an overnight bender, but a balanced diet can support any challenge you set for yourself.
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