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Diet Questions Answered

I’ve been answering questions on Quora about the best way to lose weight, what exercise to do to lose weight and all things related to losing weight. You probably realize that I don’t encourage people to diet. I’ve learned from extensive reading, interviews women (and less men), researching for my book, Diet Industry Lies That Make You Gain Weight, and from my own chronic dieting, that diets don’t work. 95{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of people who go on a diet will regain the weight, and then get caught in a pattern that will utterly fail, and finally make you heavier than you would have been if you had never dieted in the first place.

Here’s the latest question and answer:

Q: How can you stay thin?

LL’s answer:

Skinny or Thin? Why would you want to be thin or skinny? Did you know that skinny people die younger than people with more fat on their bones? Of course the diet industry that makes $60 billion a year on getting people to diet doesn’t want you to know that – because diets don’t work! If they did, there would be ONE way to lose and maintain weight loss, and everyone would be thin.

I don’t know if you’re a male or female, but truly skinny women often stop have periods and can’t have babies.

If you want to be slender, that’s going to depend on many factors: your genetic inheritance from your parents and your body type (compare Serena to Venus Williams- Serena will NEVER be skinny, but she sure is fit- and healthier than sister Venus) and your upbringing. People who have a difficult first six years of life (abuse, neglect, humiliation) have a higher body weight, along with many illnesses later in life. And finally, STRESS is probably the most important contributing factor to weight gain.

Impact of Hating Your Body: STRESS

Not being happy about your body and trying to change it is stressful. Chronic stress is probably the reason that people gain weight in the first place. Their cortisol levels are high, which affects every aspect of their health and well-being; and they gain weight, generally around the middle of their body.

My best advice to you is this: Accept yourself, work on building your self-esteem; consider there are things in the world more important than what you look like and do your best to help others. Don’t try to look like movie stars or any one else. Be yourself: everyone else is already taken! Get moderate exercise (not too much, because that’s stressful for your body) which is great for stress relief. Practice your favorite form of stress management every day. Be happy. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Throw your scale away. And NEVER diet. Dieting is almost a guarantee you will end up regaining weight, plus additional insurance pounds. 95{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of dieters regain their lost weight and go up each time they diet. I repeat: NEVER DIET.




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