It’s always great to get feedback from anyone who reads this blog. Even better when it’s face to face! On Saturday I met one of my readers in the supermarket. At first when she said, “Well done!” I looked into my shopping trolley, assuming she was referring to some item I’d bought. “No, I mean the weight loss,” she said. Till then I’d no idea she was a reader but I beamed with pride at hearing she was.
“Why don’t you write about how the blog is helping you to lose weight?” she suggested. Good idea I thanked her. I’m always trying to find ways of keeping this blog fresh and whenever someone makes a useful suggestion for what to write about next, I usually go with it. So, here’s how my blog helps me lose weight.
Better than a slimming group
Basically this beats a slimming group and I’ve tried them all in my time. You do get mutual support from slimming groups and having a weekly goal and regular meetings to attend is very incentivising for some. It’s also quite social. However, I think this is better than a slimming group for several reasons:-
1) Weekly weigh-ins are too frequent. Fine at the beginning but can be demoralising when you’re a few months into them.
2) It costs to attend. Better to spend that money on a treat, food or non-food!
3) Most slimming clubs are run by big multinational corporations that make a lot of money out of people with a weight problem. For many years WeightWatchers was owned by Heinz, which always struck me as a contradiction. And Heinz still make many WW products which are pushed quite heavily at meetings.
4) So far as I am aware (and do please let me know if I’m wrong) most slimming groups stick to the currently fashionable low fat/high carb diets. I can’t be bothered having a row about it. I’m doing the opposite: low carb/high protein and fat.
5) It can be humiliating
6) It can be demoralising – fine when you’re losing, not fine when you’re not
7) Slimming groups depend upon failure for their success!
From what I’ve been told, most slimming groups give their leaders targets to hit. They’re highly incentivised to get more and more members to join and attend each week. It’s not about helping you to lose weight, it’s about helping the company make money. No other industry makes big profits on the back of its customers’ failures.
Nearly all diets fail and nearly all dieters put the weight back on. If they didn’t, the dieting industry wouldn’t be profitable.
This diet is different
I know everyone who’s found a diet that works for them says THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT but remember, I’m not selling anything here. When I say it, it comes from the heart and it comes from experience. Yes I want to do a book about it but that’s because not everyone I want to reach has internet access or is aware of this blog. Yes I might make some money from it but even if I do, I’ll likely earn less than minimum wage for all the hours I’ll have to put into it and it’ll mostly be a labour of love.
I feel a bit evangelical about my delicious diet because it works for me without too much effort or willpower. And I want it to work for others. That’s why I blog about it but also blogging is much more fun that I ever imagined it would be and it does give me huge incentive to keep going. Even if I only have a few readers, I don’t want to let them down. I feel I owe it to them, to you, to keep going and to blog about it.
Why my delicious diet works
My delicious diet works because it’s not so much a diet, more a change of eating habits. So just as someone who decides, for whatever reason, to go vegetarian must get used to a new set of rules and food to eat as well as food to cut out, so a Paleotarian also changes the way they eat. We’re not so much on a diet as eating differently.
It’s healthier, it’s delicious and best of all – it works! I’ve lost nearly two stone in all now and I promise you I’VE DONE IT WITHOUT COUNTING CALORIES. Or going without or feeling deprived and aborted 5:2 attempts aside without ever feeling hungry.
This diet is delicious as well as working. If you found the secret of successful dieting wouldn’t you want to share it with as many people as possible? I love blogging, far more than I ever thought I would. It’s almost addictive and it’s certainly great fun.
I can write what I want when I want. No deadlines, no editors, no word counts. It’s liberating and extremely enjoyable. But best of all, it forces me to stay on track.
I’ve been told by a few followers that my diet and weight loss has inspired them. That’s fantastic. I’m thrilled to bits. I hope it can inspire you too. Not just to lose weight but to make whatever other changes you want to make in your life.
I’ve never blogged before and I’ve never tried the Paleo way of losing weight before; well, not for this long. Perhaps it’s working for me because I am doing something different? Or perhaps it’s because I have the threat of developing Diabetes hanging over me? Mind, that could so easily have gone the other way. Humans being the contrary beings we are, sometimes when you’re told you must do something for your health you do the very opposite.
Anyway thanks for reading. You’re keeping me going. See you later in the week.