I love Oprah.
I really, really do.
But boy, did that TV commercial really piss me off.
You know the one where she sits there and talks about how she’s so happy that she can lose weight while still eating bread every single day?
“I don’t deny myself bread. I have bread every single day,” Oprah says in the commercial.
Yes, you certainly can eat bread and lose weight. I have done it many, many, many times in my life.
But in order to lose weight while eating bread, you have to meticulously weigh and measure everything that you eat, record it in a journal, tally it up, and then if you have eaten your “portion” but you are still hungry, you have to stop eating.
And there starts the problem.
The cycle. It begins.
Restrict. Get hungry. Lose weight. Get really, really hungry . . .
wait for it . . .
I don’t know a single person who has been able to remain on any diet that restricts food and calories and robs you of your ability to listen to your natural hunger signals and cues.
What’s the success rate of Weight Watchers again?
Good luck with that bread eating every day Oprah. I hope it works out better for you than it has for the millions upon millions of other people that failed going about it that way.
I recently heard an amazing quote:
“There is no such thing as a healthy weight, only a healthy person.”
I’m sorry that I don’t know who said it.
Weight Watchers always resulted in me achieving what I believed was my healthy weight, for all of about five minutes before I started to pack on all of those hard lost pounds again. Problem was, I never cared if I was a healthy person while I was losing weight on it.
Here’s an idea: drop ALL of the processed food out of your diet. Yes, that includes whole grain breads and anything made from any type of flour (pastas, muffins, cakes, cookies, etc.). No sugar. No alcohol either. All of those refined carbohydrates are probably wreaking havoc on your brain if you are someone who struggles with obesity, food addiction or eating disorders.
Eat lots and lots of whole foods:
vegetables, fresh and frozen fruits, winter squashes, potatoes and sweet potatoes, beans, peas and legumes and real, unbroken whole grains like brown rice, millet, wild rice (not really a grain, but you get the idea) and quinoa (also not a grain). Throw in some nuts, seeds, and avocado (the only fats that all experts agree are actually healthy–and boy is there QUITE the debate going on about that!) and dried fruit occasionally, but only if you don’t binge on those things. Skip the dairy (no one thinks milk does a body good anymore except for the milk lobby). Have a little high quality dead, decaying animal flesh if you absolutely must, but keep it to condiment level like the Chinese do, because we can’t decide if that’s healthy either.
But everyone agrees on this–EAT A SHIT TON OF VEGETABLES.
Allow yourself to be satiated by unprocessed resistant starches. Bake up big trays of sweet potatoes and keep them cooled in your fridge for whenever you get hungry.
Then let me know if you still want to eat bread everyday Oprah.
I’ve got my money on a whole food, plant based diet for long term health, because I’m no longer the person that believes in a “healthy weight,” only a healthy person.
Oh, and that nightmare that I mentioned in the title of this blog posting? That’s all of the suffering souls that will be mislead into thinking that Weight Watchers is a sensible solution for people who are overweight now that our beloved Oprah is at the helm. They will blame themselves for not having enough willpower to be able to keep off the weight that they will surely lose.
Like Essy always says, “Moderation kills.”
In this case, it kills the spirit.
Freakin’ breaks my heart.