Dumaguing: Other common dieting mistakes

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By Dr. Victor Dumaguing

To Your Health

Friday, February 14, 2014


NUTRITIONISTS, dieticians, your favorite exercise trainer and even your family doctor are all agreed that the two most important items or issues to consider if a person wants to lose weight to ideal healthy levels are diet and exercise. Like the horse and the carriage, one is useless without the other.

Thus, it is not surprising that a lot of weight watchers throw up their arms into the air in exasperation to denote how unsuccessful they are in their weight-loss endeavor. Most likely, there is a wrong or shall we say, warped cause and effect relationship between their dieting and exercise.

In other words, some dieters use exercise as a reason, to eat more, i.e, “the sweet is pleasure, after pain" statement is their motivation while they sweat it out in the gym or tackling a rigorous one kilometer run.

The "pain" here is the effort in exercising - muscle aches, panting, huffing, catching one's breath after a sprint while in their mind is the "pleasure" - picture of all the delicious food they will gobble with abandon after the strenuous activity.

Probably, not many dieters would openly admit this reality but after some soul-searching, most of them would probably sheepishly admit to themselves, how true! Of course, there are those who have the strength of character and the discipline that comes close to sainthood who believe that, exercise is an end in itself, that it is not a means to indulge in bacchanalian feast later on. After all, "No pain, no gain."

Another big mistake is getting into a crash diet. It’s sad to note that the classified ads of some newspapers bravely advertise "immediate, guaranteed weight loss" within days. Apparently many dieters have been hoodwinked into believing them.

The healthy ideal weight loss is 1-2 lbs per week. Thus, if someone loses more than that, she/he may be happy when he steps on a weighing scale but looks disappointed and very sad, when she/he looks at the mirror - a haggard-looking, tired person looking back at them. Besides, the sudden, excessive weight loss generates a counter-regulatory mechanism in the body, which, for the most part, brings about a rebound gain of more weight.

So to achieve that ideal weight, put in a lot of common sense, a dash of logic, will power and discipline are what it takes. And don’t forget to pray!

Next week: Why alcohol and cigarettes go together

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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