Living with diabetes blog

The downside of dieting

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E. January 4, 2011

Dieting. Upon hearing the word, many of us cringe and maybe feel a little guilty. Lots of us have struggled with weight and have been on various weight-loss diets — official and fad — that either haven't worked, or worked but didn't produce sustainable weight loss.

Why don't diets work? In general when we use the word, "diet," it's in relationship to fad diets and misleading weight-loss products that promise substantial, quick results. Weight regain is common after weight loss, even on nutritionally balanced diets. There seem to be many medical- and behavioral-based reasons for weight regain, which I'm not going to cover here.

Ultimately, long-term behavioral and lifestyle changes are keys to maintaining and keeping weight off. Many of us see weight loss as a short-term goal and don't maintain the new lifestyle skills as a permanent way of life.

I think we need to give credit where credit is due when weight loss is concerned.

  • Even the loss of a couple pounds is an accomplishment.
  • Maintaining weight loss is an accomplishment.
  • Maintaining exercise and activity is an accomplishment.
  • Any positive lifestyle change is an accomplishment — for example, switching from whole milk to skim milk.
  • Maintaining blood glucose control with stable weight is an accomplishment.
  • Continuing to work on lifestyle changes, even with lapses, is an accomplishment.
  • Healthier eating is an accomplishment.

Have a good week!

Your thoughts?


Jan. 04, 2011