Bad, Bad, Bad Food.
I was reading some posts on the MFP forums and it got me thinking (yes I know that’s always dangerous). It seems to me that the reason the diet industry is such a cash cow is to do with modern attitudes towards food. Food is a what people use to treat themselves. It’s celebratory. In Modern western cultures the majority of people have enough food to eat so it’s not a case of survival. We can just pop along to a shop and buy some. Unlike Neanderthal man I haven’t got to forage or hit a mammoth on the head for my next meal. I know where my next meal is coming from (my fridge). So food is not just a case of survival now.
Anyway one post I was reading the person was saying that they felt naughty when eating after exercise as they were on a diet. So the attitude here is that food isn’t to sustain life to fuel yourself but a treat something bad and naughty that you eat. Maybe that’s part the problem how we look at food. Most people trying to lose weight who fall off the wagon seem to do so at Holidays or family celebrations where copious amounts of food and treats are served. In history these sort of celebrations were incredibly difficult for people to get the produce for. So once they were over peoples diets returned to what they saw as the norm. In the modern world these treat and celebration foods are around for weeks before and after. Just look at the Television adds ‘it’s not just food it’s …..’ . Also any event is a celebration from a wedding, Football game to passing a driving test. So what do you do to celebrate? Yes you eat. This seems to reinforce the idea that food is ‘naughty’. In reality food can’t be ‘naughty’ in the same way it can’t be ‘happy’ it’s inanimate that’s just the feelings we put upon it.
I’m of the personal opinion that weightloss is 99% mental and 1% physical (for the majority of healthy people). The reason I couldn’t lose weight before January 29th this year was nothing to do with knowledge or Physical problems. It was because of my mental attitude I just didn’t have the right one. Then as soon as it clicked (the MFP app was the trigger) it all fell into place. The biology of weight loss and keeping healthy are pretty simple and straightforward. Mentally though thats a different thing.
The NHS in the UK frequently offer people advice on weightloss and healthy living maybe though there is a good argument that they should be offering psychological counseling before the practical advice?