Yesterday we discussed “scientific research” as a basis for what is healthy and what is not healthy—the science behind the diet. When it comes to weight loss, we might like to know they are researching stuff, but we want to know what works for me. When we see testimonials for a diet or product, we like to see how it works for others. Of course, we have the known problem of fake testimonials. But assuming we can trust them, we see people who have benefited from the weight loss product. The ultimate test is whether it benefited me. I once went on a body type diet or blood type diet. I filled out a long questionnaire and it determined I was a protein type. I know I do best on a protein type diet. I’ve tried higher carb diets and I don’t lose with them. Research is inconclusive on this diet. Though I lose best on the principles of the diet, it has morphed into low carb diet. Different diets work for different people. Some people do well with a lot of plants and little meat, while others thrive eating plenty of high-protein animal foods. It gets back to trying out different diets and monitoring the results. It gets down to what works for you.
“I don’t like to put a label on my dietary advice. It is based on scientific research, not ethics, religion or a preconceived notion of what a healthy diet should be like.” (http://authoritynutrition.com/how-to-eat-healthy/) This says scientific research is the basis of his website. He uses info from recognized journals and scientific papers. There are two aspects of setting a diet. One is scientific research and the other is experience. This website recommends a low carb style diet and has research that shows it more effective than other styles such as low-fat. There are problems with “scientific” research. We all know the science behind weight loss often changes. We don’t know who paid for the research. We don’t know the affiliations researchers have. There are often a limited number of participants in the research group. In one case I read, many dropped out before the end of the test. The research is often just testing already known theories, such as which is best the low carb or the low-fat diets. So “scientific” research is good but doesn’t tell the whole story.
Here are a few comments by dieters on the weight loss journey.
“Every day is a struggle,” he said. “I need to continue to make good choices at every turn.” Bill G.
“It is never too late to start your own journey. Never give up. Your tomorrow starts today!” O’Neal H.
“I know it sounds basic, but the first thing you need to do is commit,” Ada said. “Most people aren’t successful with weight loss because they don’t commit. It’s going to be difficult and a long process.”
One theme runs through these remarks. Dieting is not easy; in fact, Bill calls it a struggle every day. This is just a sample of many comments which all have the same theme. That’s why you need all the help you can get. I lean on God’s grace and it works. However, it always gets down to one bite at a time. It’s about making the choice. That’s where the rubber meets the road. That’s where we all need help. Willpower alone won’t do it. When our bodies are screaming “feed me”, what do you do? Some use distraction. Some use buddies. Some use tricks and mind games. For me, it’s turning it over to the Lord. The battle is the Lord’s.