Dieting as a 'means to an end'.

- POSTED ON: Feb 13, 2011



Dieting is engaging in a specific type of eating behavior. Most people look at dieting as….”a means to an end”. What does that mean?

The term “means to an end” refers to :
any action (the means)  ... that the sole purpose ofis to achieve something else (an end).

It often refers to an activity ……………(such as an undesirable job)
that is not as important as the goal you hope to achieve …………….(monetary gains for example).

When we say something is “a means to an end”, the term “end” is defined as our “results”, but the common use of the word “end” means the cessation or termination of a course of action, pursuit or activity …..i.e. to Stop.

So, if Dieting is the means, what is the end?
Ordinarily, people think of the “end” as a desired weight-loss result……such as achieving leanness or a normal weight,

However, achieving weight-loss, is only part of the challenge, and Maintenance of that weight-loss is merely an extension of that process. Therefore the “end”….meaning “result”…. isn’t the end (cessation) at all.

It is common to think in terms of “beginning” and “end”, so this misunderstanding runs deep within us.

A common saying is:
“Let’s get this weight off, once and for all.”

To “delay gratification”…. implies we get something “later”,
and “later” is when?

Usually we think of “later” as
..…after we become lean, ……after we lose the weight.

But if we engage in “dieting” behavior to become lean, and we stop that behavior, we will become fat again. This is what happens to more than 95% of all people who lose weight, and is what experts mean when they say that “Diets don’t work”.

However, whether we call it a diet, or call it a lifestyle. It still means we can’t eat as much of everything we want whenever we want to.

To remain lean, after weight-loss, one must remain on some type of continual diet,and guess what… Losing weight, doesn’t magically turn a body’s tendency toward fat into a tendency toward leanness.

The survival instincts of a reduced-weight body will work against the continuation of the type of eating behavior that is necessary to keep that lost weight off. This is a physical problem.

Yet, many experts imply that this is merely a mental or emotional problem, and that once we’ve learned the “proper” behaviors, over time eating less will become natural for us, and we won’t need to consciously “diet”.

This has not proven to be true for me.
I still have to consciously diet. This is a physical problem.
My body wants to eat more than it uses. My choice is to diet and be normal weight,or to “intuitively” eat and be morbidly obese.

I didn’t choose my body’s genetics. However, I get to choose my mental state.
I choose Acceptance. I choose to embrace the devil that is food and dieting,
and to make it an enjoyable part of my life.

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Existing Comments:

On Feb 13, 2011 Whidbeywoman wrote:
Thank you for your "invitation" to your blog. I've learned a lot from your posts on the no-s site and look forward to what you have to share here, too. Becky Templin (aka: Whidbeywoman :))

On Feb 14, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             I'm looking forward to your comments here, and am hoping that many other members of the No S forum will join in here as well.

On Feb 14, 2011 TexArk wrote:
I have to attend to the details in maintenance just like I did while losing. Anything important in my life requires attention to the details. I do have an intuitive checkbook or an intuitive marriage. Both of these areas require ongoing awareness of the process. Since I want success in these areas, I am willing to put the effort into it. The interesting question for me, what are those actions necessary for success?

On Feb 14, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             I don't see your name above your comment, so I fear that the registration, log-in process may not be totally fixed yet. For right now, it would be helpful if those who post ignore my rule about no signatures, and put their name inside their post. Sometimes, I've seen MY name get put in that blank box abouve the comment when I reply, and that might happen again now. I won't know till I post it. This is a problem the web designer is working on.

On Feb 17, 2011 TexArk wrote:
I am assuming that the comment attributed to me is really from connorcream. It sounds like her checkbook analogy. I think she means that she does NOT have an intuitive checkbook or intuitive marriage. TexArk

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