Below is the interview with janie, done 5 September 2013 Thursday, 09:13:24 your time.
Are you overweight? Or have you ever been overweight?
I gained about thirty pounds as the result of a medication I was taking. My doctor stopped it, but it took me more than a year to lose the thirty pounds. I now weigh 150, which is pretty normal for me, but I want to be sure I don't gain and I want to maintain maximum health at my age.
If you are overweight, what do you think is the reason FOR YOU?
The main reason has been medications (psychiatric) I have had to take. Secondarily, I was not eating and exercising to maintain maximum health.
What do you think is the reason FOR OTHER OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE?
I think the reasons vary from person to person, but I think the foods we now eat out of convenience are partially responsible, and also lack of exercise.
Are you on a diet at the moment?
No, but I am experimenting with various foods to ascertain what foods make me feel and function best.
What does diet mean for you?
a- Not to eat and starve myself.
b- Cutting the calories.
c- Cutting the calories plus increasing the exercise.
d- Getting all the things my body needs with less calories.
e- Getting all the things my body needs with less calories plus increasing the exercise.
f- Eating as usual but increasing the exercise.
g- Healthy life style.
h- Your own definition. Please type.
g. I don't like the idea of "dieting" as in something you will do for awhile and then stop after you've lost weight. I think following a healthy lifestyle plan all the time is best.
Do you expect your diet to be successful, if so why? If not why?
Yes. It's not a "diet", it is total lifestyle that I have been following for quite awhile.
Have you ever managed to lose weight, but then gain again? If yes, why and how did you get back some of the weight?
Yes. I used to "yo-yo diet". I gained weight because I did not develop a healthy maintenance strategy.
If you have ever succeeded to achieve your diet goals, what is it that you`ve done right?
I think I am moving closer and closer to discovering the lifestyle plan that is best for me.
Please tell us 3 tips for a successful diet. We are all ears.
1. Don't think of it as "deprivation". Find lower-calorie healthy substitute foods that you really like.
2. Drink lots of water (or ice water).
3. Don't drink diet soda. It just keeps you used to liking sweet food and drinks.
What are you observing in other dieters as mistakes?
Skipping meals, choosing fad diets, leaving out healthy foods you need to cut calories, trying to "diet" without exercise.
Please tell us some important mistakes you did in your diets. We can learn from them.
Drinking lots of diet soda, starving myself until I was ravenous, eating out of boredom, refusing to see my overeating as an addiction.
If you never managed to get thin until now, why do you think? A criticizing mother? Pizza Hut?
I had to learn it was MY responsibility. Constant food ads, social events always revolving around food, the presence of so many problem foods at the grocery checkouts, the availability of "convenience" foods are all problems, but in the end we don't succeed by blaming.
How should your close ones treat you as a dieter? Should they better be quiet on the subject, or should they push you?
Encouragement is nice. My husband does that well. But the people around you should realize that they cannot control your eating for you. If they can't be gently supportive, they should shut up.
If you are living with others, how do you handle the problem of you having special diet meals while others have their usual meals?
I just do it. My health is at stake.
How do you cope with eating less? For some people it really hurts and is like hell. For some others, they enjoy the light feeling. How about you?
I enjoy the light feeling. For my husband it is truly torture, so I try to be encouraging by not eating stuff he loves in front of him.
Could you warn us about some diet methods you got involved with that did not work?
The "grapefruit" diet.
Could you tell us some diet methods you got involved with that did work.
Whole lifestyle planning, eating healthy, exercise, finding interesting things to do that I could not eat while doing.
Where do you stand on the subject of exercise?
Moderate exercise is necessary for good health.
Is there anything you`d care to say about diets?
It is better to find a healthy lifestyle that works for you than to go on a "deprivation diet". Find a way to eat healthy all the time--that is best for your weight and for your overall health.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.