Things that need to be made explicit
I never plan to try and lose weight by creating a very large calorie-deficit. One pound a week is what I’m looking at and even that isn’t the kind of goal that I must hit or I will cry and scream and fall into a deep depression. Not only are very low calorie diets completely unsustainable, but they’re not a good idea when one is trying to lose fat while minimizing the loss of muscle.
Anything I do to try and lose weight must be something I can do for the rest of my life. I won’t completely give up sugar or fat or packaged foods because that’s not something I can keep on doing forever.
Likewise, I recognize that flexibility is part of sustainability. Living the kind of life where I can’t accept an invitation to dinner because I haven’t ‘budgeted’ calories for it is no way I want to live.
I refuse to demonize food or the calories that food provides. I want to be more fit and without sufficient energy, I can’t do those physical things that I enjoy.
I do not believe that my life needs to be put on hold until I hit some imaginary perfect weight.
I’m focusing on what I want my body to be able to do, not what it may or may not look like.
The love of food and cooking is compatible with losing weight.
My belief that my weight is preventing me from being able to do some things and that it is effecting my health negatively is not about you. Everyone wants to live differently and health is both an individual metric and tied to individual genetics (although lifestyle plays a big part too.)
Comments are open and I welcome debate, but keep in mind that I won’t be running to other blogs to post arguments every time someone mentions setpoints, or the 95% statistic. Right now I’m still on the fatosphere feed (I did email to be removed, but I’m not sure what the policy is and I understand that people can’t devote every second to the internet) so I know that people may click over here who have some serious issues with what I’m saying. All I ask is that you 1) engage with what I’m actually saying and 2) keep things semi-polite.