Why I am NOT all about losing WEIGHT

Normally, individuals (especially in the US) are concerned about losing weight and think that a diet means exactly that. Here is the definition of diet:

“food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.” (courtesy of dictionary.com)
I am not looking for diets like the “Atkins diet” which only helps you lose weight and but is extremely unhealthy:
“Dr. Atkins claims that the eating of foods high in carbohydrates causes the secretion of increased levels of insulin in the blood. The increased levels of insulin cause any excess food intake to be turned into body fat, in the form of triglycerides. Thus, if lower amounts of carbohydrates are consumed, the body naturally produces less insulin and looks to other sources for fuel, namely FAT! For this reason, the Atkins diet restricts processed and refined carbohydrates and limits intake to 15-60 grams per day, encouraging protein and fat consumption.”
Even livestrong.com suggests people “stay away from the atkins diet” :

“The Atkins diet has received much criticism since it was first published in the 1970s. Frederick J. Stare, PhD, the chair of Harvard’s nutrition department in the 1970s, declared Atkins a dangerous diet because of its high content of saturated fats. The diet was also condemned as everything from “a bad idea” to “a serious threat” by everybody from a U.S. Surgeon General to the president of the American College of Nutrition.”

This is not the only diet that helps you lose weight, the idea of having a diet to lose weight is so common that on goolge those two words have gotten 2.0 million hits! WOW- and only in the US. It is so interesting that people are more into losing weight than they are into health.

So why do I pick on the Atkins diet? Well, I was the same as everyone else and went on it and viola I lost weight- with consequences. I felt horrible each time on the diet and when I was done all the weight would miraculously come back!

On the Atkins diet after two weeks:

So yes, I know how it is to feel skinny- it’s not how you feel inside (because I felt horrible inside not being able to eat all the fruits and veggies our bodies need) but I felt pretty because of the way I looked. After learning that weight can grow back and that I have a lot of health risks that deal with high cholesterol and heart disease- I know those diets for my body when I was younger were probably the worst things for my body. That is why I am not looking to get skinny but I am looking to get healthy. I figure when I eat healthy and work out regularly and live healthy I will be at the weight I am meant to be at. That is my goal ๐Ÿ™‚

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