The Fat of the Matter and Other Diet Myths
The Fat of the Matter and other Diet Myths
By Dr. Nikki Goldman Ph.D. Caryn had spent
most of the previous ten years on a diet.
As a result, she was two sizes larger than
when she first began. A binge followed each
period of restriction. Her self-esteem was
lower than ever. She hated herself for not
out, most of the time Caryn was starving
herself. She had chosen a well thought-out
and balanced diet, yet she spent many nights
going to sleep feeling hungry. About an
hour after breakfast she felt hungry again.
It seemed that hunger was a constant companion.
"It couldn't be anything wrong with
the diet," she thought. "Im
using a nationally recognized diet accepted
by most nutritionists as a sound plan. Something
must be wrong with me."
The only thing wrong with her was that
she didn't listen to her body's signals.
Caryn needed more food and her body told
her so. I helped her integrate foods with
more bulk. She ate more whole grains and
beans. She finally felt that her body was
getting enough nutrition. She felt satisfied.
Her calorie intake was two to three times
what it had been, yet she lost inches everywhere.
Within several months she was wearing a
smaller size. Once she learned the "Success
for the Diet Dropout" method, she was
careful not to restrict any type of food.
Food deprivation triggers desire for excessive
amounts of food.
Food restriction plays havoc with the natural
cycle of nerve chemicals, says Sarah Leibowitz
Ph.D., professor of neurobiology at Rockefeller
University in New York City. Research with
laboratory rats supports this claim. These
animals were forced to eat a restrictive
diet. Once the restriction was removed,
their appetites were insatiable. They gorged
and increased their consumption of fat from
a typical 35 percent of calories to as much
as 60 percent of calories.
Yet some people persist in opposing the
natural order of things by dieting. When
they cannot maintain this level of deprivation,
they feel shamed. It is as though they have
done something immoral. It feels bad when
the drive to eat overrides the desire to
sustain a diet. With the failure, depression
often results, further fueling the need
to eat. Jonathan came to me, upset with
himself that he couldn't go 24 hours without
eating. He used this unrealistic expectation
to berate himself. He viewed himself as
weak-willed and hated himself for this.
I wonder if he would have been as critical
if he couldn't hold his breath for 15 minutes.
Working against one's own natural instincts
is quite obvious in this example. However,
those who want to diet don't realize that
the restriction of a forced eating plan
taps into the same mechanism: opposition
Stomach Owners' Instruction Manual: When
Hungry, Eat; When Not Hungry, Don't Eat
Janie was in the process of re-learning
how to read her body's need for food. She
had difficulty with eating at night. In
the first week, she noticed a change in
her night binge eating. She had a spoonful
of ice cream instead of the typical bowl.
But she still had difficulty allowing herself
to eat when she was hungry. She was upset
with herself for eating a half of a turkey
sandwich one evening about 7:00 p.m. The
conversation went like this:
Dr. G. Were you hungry? J. Yes, but I still
could have tried to not eat. Dr. G. What
would have been the point of that? J. Then
I would have been exercising some sense
of control. Dr. G. It is one thing to control
the compulsion to eat when you are not hungry.
It is quite an other to try and control
I then proceeded to tell her the story
about the young man who wanted to abstain
from eating for 24 hours. She could see
the absurdity in this need. She said his
expectations were unrealistic. Yet she couldn't
quite see that her own demand was just as
If your body is hungry, eat. If it's not
hungry, don't eat. The urge to eat is a
force as strong as the current of the river.
Accept this fact, and you will stop resisting
this natural need and find an alternative
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