More weight-loss ads on TV. More gym promotions. More articles in the paper. In December, the local grocery had Stouffer’s cheaper than Lean Cuisine; this month, it’s reversed.
Some of my friends are upset that they gained weight in December. Most frame this in “I was doing so good on my diet but in December….” and, well, you know. I can’t help but wonder if this is a side affect of dieting and food restriction.
I actually weighed myself before Thanksgiving and again in January. 402, 399 – only a few pounds apart, which is well within the standard deviation for my scale.* I didn’t try to stay the same weight. Or to lose or gain. I just did. It reminds me of something Sassyblonde posted today:
For me, eating intuitively is basically “going back to eating the way nature intended in the first place.” Your body will naturally tell you when you’re hungry and when you’re full. […] We as humans, with our constant desire to better things and sometimes go against nature to do it, are the ones that have screwed up the way we feel about food and weight.
I don’t mean this as a slam on people who do want to be stronger, more flexible, eat foods that taste great or feel good or are less expensive or whatever else. I’m working on a be-stronger thing myself.** But it’s surreal to see so many people expending so much effort trying to “maintain” their weight, when I do it without trying.
*My rough test was to put the scale in the kitchen and repeatedly weigh myself one morning. Weights varied by up to 5lbs, or a little over 1%. Some of this is the scale but some is probably due to stance and foot placement variations.
**13 days now.