Friday, January 9, 2009

Energy Medicine:-To Diet or Not to Diet?

When Shakespeare wrote his famous phrase, " To Be or Not to Be", there was definitely no obsession about diets then as there is today. For the past three decades or more the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Just check the Web or your local bookstores.

There are books on many different diets written either by the successful dieter or a diet guru or a celebrity. Pictures of these authors are very attractive and slim. Why is there so much hype about dieting?? Is it about vanity or looking attractive! Is it about being healthy? For the latter let me quote you some statistics from Canada and the USA.

133.6 million,(66%) of American adults are overweight.
76% increase since 1990 of Diabetes Type 2 (associated with overweight) in adults 30years to 40 years of age.(2004) *

60% of Canadian adults are overweight.**(2004)

There are statistics of other health risks due to overweight which space does not permit here.
Incidentally, since there are so many weight loss diets for over three decades, why are the overweight numbers on the increase?? People have definitely spend money following some of these diets! Some have lost weight! The question is - Why did they not maintain the weight loss??

Diet usually is one of the resolutions many people make when the New Year approaches. Since we are still in January, the intent of the next few posts is to clarify the Facts and Myths of Diets? How effective are diets? How costly to your budget and your health? Who or What are you dieting for and Why?

The final part will be my humble, commonsense opinion of the Best diet with quotes by other medical and nutritional authorities on the subject, who are not trying to sell you products or books. When you have a healthy weight, you will have energy that is healing and vibrant. My hope is that by the end of this series, you will opt for a healthy lifestyle which is cost-effective and fun! This series is just an encapsulation of what will be in an upcoming book.

*- wt.control (NIDDK)
** Statistics Canada

copyright/ P Nicholas


Jack Payne said...

My problem is a diametric opposite from most. Frequently I have to overeat in order to keep my wight up. Anything with a lot of fat in it is always appreciated.

Kiefers Corner said...

You should never diet if you truly want to live a long and healthy life.

There is a better way.

Agapelife said...

Well you are fortunate, some people don't seem to put on weight even though they eat. It has something to do with your metabolic rate.

Agapelife said...

Jack, just make sure you eat the "good" fats.

Angela Lovell said...

Diet is a word that has become too associated with the idea of losing weight "dieting".

A good, nutritionally balanced diet is something that gets confused with that idea.

I think you are doing a good thing in trying to remind people that our diet is the basis of our good health (along with exercise).