An Individual Fit

- POSTED ON: Mar 01, 2011

 

                        
An individual Fit is necessary
when it comes to Diets or Lifestyles.

Have you thought that if you did just what someone else does,
you would look just like them? Yet when you try to copy their
choice of foods and fitness activities, you’re miserable.

Then when you stop doing it, you feel like you failed.
You didn't fail. It was just a bad lifestyle fit.

 Each of us is an individual on our own journey, and none of us are exactly alike.
Some people need to follow a specific eating plan and have foods they never eat again.
A Plan like this makes some people feel deprived and leads to binge eating.
Some people need to eat smaller quantities of what they want at frequent times,
while taking extra care to carefully log that food into their trackers.

I don’t like any outside control on my eating behavior
I hate having well-meaning people ask: "Should you be eating that?"
Others aren’t any more right or more wrong than me.
We all want to save ourselves from obesity, and there are many options available.
The secret is to find what works for each one of us personally.
There is a lot of advice out there from the weight loss industry.
So many “medical discoveries” happening in the field,
So many magazines promoting “new miracle diets”,
So many tips and tricks.

Now Obesity is considered an epidemic
but there’s no vaccination…no one-cure-fits-all fix.
Each of us has to find our own way.
 We know some basics of calories-in and calories-out
which is one starting point of our physical problem.
However genetic, psychological, character-related,
disease-related, and other problems, are involved as well.
These are all variables which cause more than one problem
and require more than one solution.

Note that in “Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It” by Gary Taubes,
the basic belief in calories-in/calories-out is even termed the "Original Sin”.

What works for me may not work for you.
What works for you might not work for me.

Each of us wants to find a way to change our life without severely disrupting it.
That’s a tough Goal. To accomplish that, we need to gather as much information
as is possible, and make changes that work best individually.

How do you know what fits you personally, 
and  how do you push out of your comfort zone?

I’ve heard that the change should fit into your life
the way you try to fit a puzzle piece in place.
Keep turning it around and trying it at different angles
to see if that’s the right one.
If it isn’t, it will never go in place, so try another.

No Diet is one-size-fits-all.
No single answer will solve everyone’s problems with obesity.
If you’re still fat, you aren’t a failure,
you just haven’t found your own answer yet. 
Just keep searching.  
 


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On Mar 01, 2011 wrote:
I feel like I've looked everywhere and I just can't find it.


On Mar 01, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Abby, I think you're looking in the right place right now. Stick around.


On Mar 01, 2011 rroush wrote:
Your post is so very true and quite motivating. I think your analogy of taking a puzzle piece and turning it around and around is a good one. I'd like to add to it by saying that you may need to pick up a different puzzle piece to look at because you may working on a different puzzle altogether. I'm changing jobs in 2 weeks and will remind myself of this post as I develop a plan that will fit into my new work schedule.


On Mar 01, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Rebecca, and I wish you much success in your new job.


On Mar 01, 2011 rroush wrote:
One more thing...it is so much easier to see what someone else is doing and to just try to copy them. But I've noticed that this often doesn't work. You are right that each of us has to find our own way and our own combination of behaviors and diet that works for us.


On Mar 01, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Rebecca, Thanks again. Although I always welcome and value opinions that differ from my own, it feels all warm and fuzzy when someone tells me I'm right.

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