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#1 Search term?!@!

Posted on: June 5, 2008

I was just looking around my stats this morning, you know, for shits and giggles, when I stumbled onto the feature that allows me to look at the search terms used to find my blog since I first started it.  It ranks them in order of the number of times that term was used, which makes total sense to me.  So, what do you think was the #1 most-used search term to find my blog?  I’ll wait a sec while you mull it over…

 

“900 Calorie Diet”

 

Yep.  People out there are actually LOOKING FOR ADVICE on how to eat only 900 calories a day!!!!  Folks!  That’s a STARVATION DIET!  Sure, you’ll lose weight eating only 900 calories a day, but you’ll be losing more muscle than fat!  AND AND AND, your body will be convinced that you are starving to death (because, guess what, you ARE, slowly but surely) and once you start eating again, it will pack on the fat to ensure that you have food and energy stores for the next time you go into starvation mode.  Starvation level diets like that TRASH your metabolism!!

I understand the urge to lose weight and be a socially acceptable size, or even better yet to be considered uber-sexy by current societal standards.  Believe me, I do!  I LIVED my life according to that urge from the time I was 10-years-old until about a year ago!  I endured starvation diets, exercise binges (where I exercised in some form for several HOURS a day), fad diets, you name it.  Trust me on this one, a starvation diet will do more harm than good in the long run. 

Really, honestly, from my heart…  The best thing you can do for your health and for your self-esteem is learn to love yourself and take care of yourself at exactly where you are right now.  So maybe you weigh more than your doctor thinks you should.  And maybe you have some health problems that might be better if you weighed less.  But STARVING yourself to get the weight off isn’t going to help, and it isn’t going to work long-term. 

When you love and take care of yourself, where you are right now, some of those problems may go away.  Some may not.  You’ll probably also find that when you love and take care of yourself no matter WHAT the number on the scale is or WHAT the number on the tag in your jeans says, your body will find the weight and size that is perfect for IT.  That weight and size may be bigger than you, or your doctor, or society thinks it should be, but it will be PERFECT for YOUR BODY.  You won’t have to starve yourself, or deny yourself foods that you love (unless there is a true medical reason for it, like I have to avoid deep-fat-fried catfish except as a VERY occasional treat because of my high cholesterol), or exercise yourself into oblivion to maintain it. 

So fuck 900 calorie a day diets!  Fuck society’s definition of fat and/or thin!  FUCK what everyone ELSE thinks you should look like! 

Take care of your body and your body WILL take care of you, I promise! 

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6 Responses to "#1 Search term?!@!"

This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have a friend who was given a “prescription” for a 1000 calorie diet by a DOCTOR, of all people. She says, “It was hard the first month, but I counted all my calories and ate my veggies.” I was sitting there, listening to her, thinking, “and this doesn’t sound like disordered eating to you?” She’s hungry all the time, but just tries to ignore it because “there’s a reason [she] got fat,” she says, though what the reason is, she won’t say. My first assumption is medication, but even if that is the case, dieting so extremely is never the answer. Cutting the calories you need in HALF is never the answer.

Ugh, a “prescription” to starve? Are you KIDDING me? What happened to, “First, do no harm”?

All my life my family doctor pushed a 1000 calorie diet on my mother (er, at 5’6″ she weighed maybe 135 pounds, maybe 140) and when I went from skinny to a normal weight he pushed it on me too. Over the course of several years I went on it from time to time – usually with smashing success (when you’re young your metabolism often works very well lol.) I think the maintenance phase was something like 12 or 1400 calories. For the rest of your life. Uh-huh. It’s a lifestyle change.

I did not then understand that hunger has a reason, or that such a drastically low calorie count was dangerous, anorexia wasn’t known about by the public at large, and hell it was a doctor’s prescription. This was when you used to have to weigh your dry chicken cutlet or tiny portion of fish. I cheated once by eating some extra broccoli and asked the doctor if that was ok because it was a vegetable, and he said no. Heh. He was a good doctor in all other ways, and a good man. But damn.

Good to hear things haven’t changed though. Sheesh.

I’m so glad you posted this (even though I’m stumbling upon it months later).

“Lose Weight” was one of my goals on 43things.com but I had to yank it off my list because it was anorexic posts and posts asking how many calories climbing a flight of stars burned and whatnot. What made me more sick was it was mainly posted by young girls! Gah! What are we teaching our young ladies?!

Re: 1000 calorie diets, I don’t think people realize that eating healthy could mean the end of calorie counting … forever. I happen to love fruits and veggies and can pig out on them and not feel bad (besides – it keeps things “moving” lol). Plus, I just love saying “How on earth am I gonna find the time to eat all this food to keep my calorie count up?” as well as “I *have* to drink this chocolate protein shake. Oh my life!” That can only happen when you eat healthy.

Nice bog you have here. I pretty much lurk the internet when I’m bored and read all I can about the organic lifestyle, but I really liked you view on things. I’ll bookmark the site and subscribe to the feed!

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