It blows me away how many diets come out in January! Every checkout counter in the supermarket, and every window and entrance to book stores feature the magazines and books touting the latest diet crazes. And you know what? We grab them off the shelves faster than they can keep them stocked.
Desperation pushes us to find the new miracle diet, the once-and-for-all plan, and some of them tout outright insane and extreme ways to lose weight. It is enough to make you crazy. And it’s enough to take a good hit out of your wallet.
Some of my friends are going back to Weight Watchers for the inth time. They just don’t know what else to do. Many are up late at night watching infomercials and adding more debt to their credit card as they order another diet plan that swears it will work once and for all.
I know because I have done this all before. I own every diet plan known to man, every exercise DVD you can imagine, and I still have my VCR tapes. Believe it or not, I even have Sensa in the kitchen cupboard. I ordered it two summer’s ago. I have a shelf in my pantry devoted to fat burner pills, and fat dissolver pills, and vitamins that will boost my metabolism.
Today I was on the Internet doing research when I came across some interesting diets. One in particular I thought was really strange and funny was the corset plan. This plan is where you wear an actual corset that cinches in your waist and hips, and what is promised is inches will be lost off your waist and hips if you wear it all day long. And the best part is you don’t have to diet. You eat what you want.
The writer of this story got the idea to check it out when she read how Jessica Alba lost all her pregnancy weight without changing her diet. She simply wore the corset. The wearer, being so cinched in, cannot over eat. She called it an external lap band. She wore the corset for one week, and what came out of it was she did lose some inches. Not very much, but a little bit.
She said that wearing such a tight garment prevented her from being able to eat too much, but she could still eat what she wanted. It straightened her posture, which it promised to do along with helping with back pain. Wearing the corset eight to ten hours a day caused chafing. At the end of a week, she was an eighth of an inch smaller. You want to hear the kicker? The instructions stated that within twenty-four hours the body would expand back to its original form.
All that chafing and barely breathing and eating a little bit less was worth what? It didn’t facilitate the loss of any real weight or inches, that’s for sure.
Wearing the corset had nothing to do with changing habits, and it had nothing to do with changing your mindset, nor did it have anything to do with any real understanding about what you’re eating and if your choices are beneficial to your health.
The featuring of Jessica Alba and her wearing the corset to lose inches after having her baby is what attracted people to try it. People, it’s Jessica Alba. Having a baby is not going to take anything away from her figure. Her body is near perfect for God’s sake. And she has the means to hire a nutritional coach, a chef, a trainer, and a nanny; thus she has all she needs, including time, to work on getting back to optimal shape.
No, I think sticking with Aaron’s plan will be the only way for us to open our eyes to what we need to do to succeed. It is not only sensible, but let’s face facts. Fatties want to eat. We constantly think about food. Our addiction is so strong that wearing a corset to deter eating falls into the category of a very short-term success, like a New York minute. Long-term success is a combination of changing the way we think about food and changing the way we use food to self-medicate.
If we are to lose weight and keep it off, success has to come from within. We have to become aware of what caused our eating habits and what currently drives them. We have to learn healthy alternatives to self-medicating with food in dealing with what life throws at us. And, if we are simply in love with food, we have to learn to deal with that, too. We need to be ready and willing to recognize and face down the habits that got us here in the first place.
There are no short cuts. Changing and acquiring success takes time. Every time you let the diet wars begin instead of committing to a program that gets results and makes good sense, it is just another day of putting your success off and failing to achieve what you are really striving for.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.