Eat Less or Eat Different?

A tad over-simplified, but the basic message is spot-on.

Unfortunately, despite his enthusiasm, this approach will not provide a full answer for all people who are wanting to improve their weight health. There are some people who could follow these recommendations and still find that they have a level of hunger that prompts a food intake amount that does not allow for achieving their weight goals.

Many of the basic concepts he reviews, though, are important parts of the individualized journey of self-exploration that is crucial to long-term success.

If chronically feeling hungry didn’t matter, then, yes, it wouldn’t matter what calories you ate less of – if you ate less enough, you would lose weight. Going chronically hungry is not a tolerable or enjoyable way to live one’s life, so telling someone to eat less, without a strategy that avoids extra hunger, … misses … the … point … entirely.

5 thoughts on “Eat Less or Eat Different?

  1. Except where there is something else that is causing a hunger problem, like chronic hyperinsulinema, or a psychological problem or both, and then this turns in more verbal abuse. Apathy toward you and your message occurs. The first problem is apathy.

    • Yes. I always like to include the proviso that there is no approach that will be the answer for every-one. To some people, it may seem like I’m “just being negative” when I say these things, but I am always aware that there are many people who can feel discounted or invisible if “this is the answer” “for sure this will work” approaches are left to stand without comment. To people who have struggled and struggled, when they do find an answer for themselves it can feel so internally “right” to their needs that, in their enthusiasm, they may honestly have a deep body-sense conviction (erroneous) that their solution will be anyone’s solution. (Newbs)
      Thanks for visiting and for your important comment.

  2. i see this as more introductory material for young people who have been indoctrinated with CW. those of us who are older and wiser know more already….

    • “CW”? Would that be “Calorie Watching”? I am glad you are in the “wiser” group and thanks for your comment, which I think helps communicate the idea that calorie “watching” is a simplistic, inadequate approach to health. Unfortunately, in my experience, “calorie watching” (nasty euphamism) can be desperately difficult for people to break out of – at any age. A person can be older and wiser in many important ways, and still have their health goals/quality-of-life hindered by not recognising the potential for harm that comes with calorie restriction. Even though, as I point out, the video message is overly simplistic, it does help to counter the “going hungry is good” (for you and good behaviour) message that is still hugely dominant.
      I suppose I should not have been so tongue-in-cheek with the phrase “a tad” simplistic – or at least added a wink.

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