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This article from CNN.com is a super interesting personalized story that connects to our earlier studies of how diets don’t really work for overweight people. Teena Henson had a family history of overweight women with diabetes and many health issues, but still managed to fail everytime she dieted. She finally was able to lose weight when she stopped seeing her journey as a diet but more of a lifestyle change. By simply swapping out bad things for healthier foods and activities she was able to spark a great weight loss journey. I thought this was interesting in the context of our class because it shows that there are many ways to get around those studies that said how ineffective diets are, because we all could use a little faith in something that seems hopeless.

4 Responses to “Diet is a Four Letter Word”

  1. llituchy says:

    I agree that it is refreshing to find dieting success stories. Teena’s story is interesting because her dieting process was a very gradual lifestyle change. In many of the studies we researched, subjects quit their unhealthy habits cold turkey. She started by joining a gym and only cutting out soda from her diet. Now, she enjoys vegetables and eats only 1,200 calories a day. Her weight loss success also took her over three years. Teena was also morning the loss of her mother, which helped her stay on track. I think the combination of her slowly changing her lifestyle, inspiration from her mom, and the long time period she has been dieting for really contributed to her success. As compared to subjects in other studies, Teena was able to keep the weight off because she is always reminded of how happy it would have made her mother to see her staying so healthy.

  2. jlvan says:

    Personally, I find the promotion of a “lifestyle change” somewhat hackneyed and frustrating, contrary to what is generally accepted. To change one’s lifestyle insinuates still a certain superiority attached to eating healthfully with regularity. I don’t know I could necessarily agree with that; why does healthy eating need to be a persona? Or just so darn hard in general? Why DOES it need to consume your life wholly so as to be effective? These are just some questions that I always can’t help but ask whenever I hear that phrase.

  3. leahlanghans says:

    I agree that the promotion of a “lifestyle change” can be very frustrating, especially because it is so vague. The complexities the make up what a “lifestyle change” is though are dependent of the individual, so I do understand how this sort of thing could be helpful. When I think of what a “lifestyle change” is, I think of an individual deliberately choosing to stop or minimize unhealthy behaviors that are affecting their well-being, whether that be emotional, mental, social. To me, this is similar to dieting but more self-prescribed in that the individual person gets to decide what works for them each step of the way; they are not simply following a prescribed plan.

  4. corriegoldberg says:

    After reading how Teena was able to finally loose weight when she stopped “dieting” and implemented a “life style” change, I was immediately reminded of one of the most famous “diet” plans in the United States, Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers has become one of the most prevalent dieting techniques in the US, with celebrity endorsements and constant media campaigns. Weight Watchers too prides themselves on not being a quick fix to weight loss, but an overhaul on all unhealthy eating habits. They educate their members on how to most effectively lead a healthy life. Although Weight Watchers is not the typical “fad diet,” they nonetheless represent a change in diet plan to improve one’s health. In regards to Teena’s plan, I find that it is very similar to the Weight Watchers mantra. Therefore, I can see why her lifestyle change was so successful.

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