I was listening to Jillian Michaels's latest podcast episode. The caller really got to me. She had lost 100 pounds on a low-carb diet, but as soon as she tried to eat "like a normal person," she said, the weight started coming back on. Jillian asked her what eating like a normal person meant, and she hemmed and hawed and finally admitted that she had gone to lunch with a friend and had a bacon cheeseburger and fries.
Here's a reconstruction of the conversation from there:
"NOOOO!": screamed The Jillian
"Normal people can do that," said the caller.
"No, no they can't."
"They do!, normal people do."
"Well, half our population is obese, this is why!"
"I see people eating like that."
"Did you look at their bodies? They look like crap!"
I was a little disappointed that Jillian didn't explain that with a low-carb diet, your body dumps water, but when you eat carbs, the water comes back so that the extra carbs can be stored. But the larger point is right. We have kind of a messed-up idea that some people can walk around, drink Coca-Cola and eat bacon cheeseburgers, and stay thin, if they're the right kind of people. This woman had gotten herself in a cycle of a very strict, boring diet to lose weight, and then going right back to her old bad habits when she got to her goal.
Sound familiar? It does to me.
Jillian explained that if you lose weight the right way, the only difference when you get to maintenance is that you get to eat a little more. End of story.
This is why I'm so determined to do things the right way this time around.