Today we have a population who believes that everyone should drink 64 ounces of water daily. Five decades ago, we used to agree with humorist W.C. Fields’ who when asked if he drank water replied, “Hell No. Fish pee in water.” Today, we live in fear of dehydration while we should worry about the opposite — Hyponatremia: water intoxication.
How did we get to this stage where we worry about drought but think nothing of wasting water? It began in in 1945 when the U.S. Government issued a dietary directive, which said that everyone should drink 64 ounces of water daily. This number was apparently the result of a requirement that we drink 1 milliliter per calorie consumed daily (about 2500 calories a day!) We know that this is at least 600 more calories than what most women should consume if they don’t want to size up. So this directive went forth but omitting a crucial line: that all fluids count — obviously tea and coffee are 99% water—but also fruits, vegetables are mostly water. Even steak has water! So the line omitted should have said total fluids and that these were easily contained in any balanced diet.
So why you ask did this water nonsense take hold? Why did the American public decide to pay for trillions of plastic bottles of water considering that water in the USA is free, easily available and safe? The answer is d-i-e-t-i-n-g became big business — $65 billion at the latest count — and diet gurus figured that everyone needed something to put in their mouths that had no calories and was “healthy.” Even better, spring or purchased water was thought to be purer so it was purifying and holy as in holy water. Now 50 years after dieting started with the founding of Weight Watchers, we face water shortages; plastic bottles will be with us forever, and we are fatter than anyone thought possible. Plus the malady du jour is water intoxication whose symptoms: loss of energy, fatigue, restlessness and irritability may make one think they need to drink more bottled water and eat yet another “healthy” snack for refueling. However, what we really need is a BIG dose of common sense.
The Don’t-Diet Way To Lose Weight
80Bites premiered in Self Magazine 1987 (Photo shown below)
by Joan Breibart
One of Sir Winston Churchill’s wittiest pronouncements,” You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else,” was very relevant to three articles recently published. Allure magazine’s September cover story is “The No-Diet Diet – Eat Less, Feel Full”. It is 26 years since Self Magazine published our diet which obviously was ahead of its time. Additionally, the Allure magazine article even talks about the stomach – the focus of 80bites. This should be news to readers who only know the stomach from cues such as “tighten your stomach!” Will they be surprised that the actual stomach should be a six-inch sausage-shaped organ located under the left breast? Next were two articles from New York Times columnists: fitness writer Gretchen Reynolds’s “How Exercise Can Help Us Eat Less,” followed by famed columnist Frank Bruni’s, “Hard Truth About Our Soft Bodies.” The latter talks about a “macro approach to the obesity issue rather than a micro.” Translation: stop obsessing about eating kale or “burning” calories with crazy exercise “CrossFit’s Dirty Llittle Secret.” The macro approach could be summed up as: close your mouth sooner and open it less often. Could this signal a trend? Could this be a shift in the weight loss mantra of “eat healthy and exercise more” which has not worked. Approximately 95% of people who lose weight regain it, and some regain even more “The Fat Trap.”
Now when it is obvious that obesity is everywhere, we find that all those failed strategies have also affected our brains! “The Mental Strain of Making Do With Less.”
But will the media establishment take on the issue and try to correct the oversimplifications that have fueled this epidemic? This is the right time to examine our dieting culture. Weight Watches has just celebrated its 50th anniversary! Jenny Craig and NutriSystems have been selling diets for decades. The big three have enjoyed sales of more than three billion dollars annually — until this year. Now diet sales are down more than 25%. This no-diet phenomenon happened before—in the early 90s — just when the Pilates Method was trying to explain the benefits of balanced exercise as opposed to a focus on calories.
So what can we do? We can start with the BMI—Body Mass Index — which was never intended as a measure of ideal weight. Today everyone has heard about the BMI. Using this measure a 5’6” woman could weigh 185 pounds and NOT be obese. However, if people knew about the HAMWI Formula, they would see the weight of the issue!! As if to underline this distortion a recent video arrived “Roll Over? Fat Chance.” Interesting that dog owners are concerned about their pet’s pounds, but not their own.
Want to Lose Weight, but tired of all those Diet Failures?
Option 1: The Diet Way
1. Choose a popular diet (Jenny Craig, Nutri-Systems, South Beach, Weight Watchers, etc.) Or a “lifestyle” program (Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, raw foods, juicing.) Either way, you dive in happy to have found a “solution” and begin to follow the program religiously.
2. Lose weight quickly and get excited.
3. Feel encouraged that you’re losing and decide you can bend the rules just a bit… Mostly because at this point, you’re dying for a cheeseburguer or a cupcake or a Mojito.
4. Begin to regain because that’s what 95% of peole do. Worse, you may regain more than you’ve lost… (One step forward, two steps back.)
5. Get back on the diet and swear you’ll stay on it this time until the day you die… Because that is the only way!
Option 2: The 80Bites Way
1. Begin counting bites to see where your mouth and stomach stand, and know you’re eating way more than 80 bites per day… (Unless you’re drinking those calories.)
2. Begin gradually reducing down and taking time chewing each bite.
3. Develop a “sixth sense” for quantity awareness… You notice that your restaurant plate is easily 45 bites.
4. You reduce the frequency of eating events. You quit grazing so your body can detox naturally.
5. You realize that you are less hungry. Your stomach had begun to shrink to its natural (smaller) size.
6. You pace yourself so that you don’t lose more than 2lbs. a month giving your digestive hormones time to adapt. YOU can beat the regain odds!
7. You begin to feel uncomfortable when you overeat; your body is now working for you. There is no “diet” to follow, so you simply continue eating what you wish but always knowing that less is more.
Governor Christie and His New Stomach
Three months after Bariatric surgery, the Governor of New Jersey has revealed that he is now satisfied eating only one third of a typical American restaurant steak. Big deal. Fifty years ago before most American adults had stretched their stomachs, six ounces was a standard serving. And no one needed surgery to be satisfied.
Although the false premise that calories are the bottom line and exercise is a weight loss solution still seems to be universally accepted, it looks as if we are taking one step in the right direction. Sales at the Big Three — Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and NutriSystems — are way down. So even if we are still believers in the new religion called Wellness, we may be getting tired of paying for this failed — and incorrect — formula.
Americans still want to believe that eating “healthy” means never having to say enough. Problem is that gluttony is still measured by quantity (not calories). And in a Christian nation, that means guilt, at the very least.
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“This diet peels pounds, hoists self-esteem and breaks
just about every rile in the book. It really works.” -Self Magazine
“Bite counting will reprogramme your mouth, brain
and stomach to know and feel quantity.” -Sunday Times
“A new diet sweeping America allows you to eat whatever
you like… but limits you to only 80 bites. Instead of
counting carbs, calories or fat, dieters count the chomps.” -The New York Post
* Also Diet Directives