"DIET" is defined as:
1a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed b : habitual nourishment c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight <going on a diet>
My cousin and her hubby have started to do Atkins... I find it funny that when I did Atkins it had no carbs whatsoever and now it allows minimal carbs. If you have to change the dietary needs of a "diet," it seems to me the thing wasn't right in the first place. Don't get me wrong. You loose the weight, but then when you want to stab someone for a pack of saltines, the truth comes out. YOUR BODY WASN'T MEANT TO DO THIS! Oddly enough, your body NEEDS certain things. If you crave a potato chip, its possible your body needs the salt or the starch.
I have come to the conclusion that no matter what everyone is going through, they think a diet will solve the issue. "I'm too fat," "I'm too out of shape," "I'm not pretty enough." Basically the human race is saying: "I'm not enough so if I get on this diet, I'll be better."
Folks, moderation and a walk around the block. Really. I swear it works! No, you are not going to be the ideal magazine beauty/stud. But you WILL feel better about you! Don't put the ice cream away all together. Cut back. Don't drop the chips and dip, make a better choice of chips and dip (baked tortillas and salsa, I'm just saying!) We are all struggling to be the ideal. What guy doesn't want to be Vin Diesel or Brad Pitt. For that matter what girl doesn't strive to be a Victorias Secret model. I'm not blaming the magazines, media, or news. I'm blaming society as a whole for being fascinated with twigs.
Did you know that the BMI scale was actually invented in the 1800's by a Belgian named Adolphe Quetlet ? 1800's! How about in the '70's it was deemed by Ancel Keys, inappropriate for individual diagnosis but ok for population studies... What does that tell you? And this guy came up with two things: K-rations used in WWII and the "Mediterranean diet" which is a recommended diet based on the eating habits of Crete and surrounding Mediterranian. (What woman among us doesn't want to age like Sophia Loren!)
I will now hop off my soap box. If you are thinking about starting whatever fad diet you have picked up in your local Barnes & Nobel, take a second to think about what you are gaining. Is it the ability to loose fat? Or is it the ability to go out with friends an say, "no thanks I'm on <insert diet name here>" Kate Moss or Queen Latifah. Be happy with you. In the long run you make you happy, no matter what size you are.