This is an English language lesson about dieting and slimming. The aim of the lesson is to introduce common vocabulary related to the topic and to provide a thought process for discussion, debate and essay writing.
Dieting and slimming are about losing or controlling weight by following a diet programme.
Weight can be lost or gained.
Insurance Companies, medical experts, research analysts and others recognized many years ago that people are generally overweight and that they either do not exercise in the right way or do not exercise at all.
It prompted people to start paying attention to how they physically looked.
It presented an opportunity for market leaders such as Slimfast to introduce products which would encourage us all to take weight control more seriously.
It also introduced to us a whole new vocabulary. Words such as calories, protein, vitamins, minerals and insulin-intake were on the menu and the public at large became hooked.
Dieting became fashionable. People tried it because it was the latest fad. They looked at themselves in the mirror and made a new year resolution. They could no longer fit into clothes they had. They experienced discrimination in dating, at school and in the workplace.
The simple truth, however, about dieting is that it does not work.
It does not work because people lack the will-power, vision, determination and commitment to see the challenge of the diet programme through to its end.
The failure is not due necessarily to the product but due to the individual person failing to be sufficiently committed to the challenge.
The number one reason for wanting to lose weight in the first place should not be about appearance but about achieving a greater comfort and functionality to their life which the overweight condition impeded and in the mindset.
There is no scientific evidence that diet products actually cause someone to lose weight, whether they actually lose weight while taking it or not.
The simple truth is that the weight loss may be attributed to other factors and not the diet programme or product.
Weight loss can only be achieved by maintaining a calorie deficit.
Many people try fasting to achieve this, abstaining from food and drink for a lengthy period of time and only eating and drinking again in an ‘eating window’. Our ancestors did it out of necessity while muslims do it as part of the practice of their religious faith during the month of Ramadhan.
Periodic fasting may have health benefits leading to a potential weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduction of cholesterol but the dangers of dehydration, blood sugar intake, serious heartburn and heart disease should not be underestimated..
It has been said that if one thousand people srtarted a diet programme today, only ten of them would still be continuing it in five years time.
In other words, 990 people would stop following it or indulge in yo-yo dieting where they dipped in and out of the diet programme at random times.
Of the ten people who showed resolute commitment, only five may (or may not) have lost weight after five years.
Of the 990 people who stopped consistent dieting, it is probable that almost all of them will have experienced an increase in weight rather than a desired decease.
Furthermore, that weight increase might not have been so escalative if the person had not followed a weight loss programme in the first place.
The suggestion, therefore, is that diet products-programmes induce a mindset to the potential customer that the product-programme actually works and that sooner or later, that customer will lose weight by that method.
Perhaps the diet product-programme is not meant to work at all because if it did and dieters achieved their goal, those dieters would surely stop buying the product as there would be no need.
It is all about continuity. The simple truth is that the consumer buys into the mindset what the product can or might do rather than what it will actually do for them.
It is also a simple truth that we all need to exercise regularly and be mindful to eat more healthily.
Keep in mind that we should not eat too much just as we should not eat too little. Likewise, we should exercise enough but again not too much.
We do not need to follow a commercialized dieting programme, join a gym, see a psychologist or a dietician to achieve a common goal of weight control.
Our body will not allow us to starve. It will tell us what we should eat and drink and when.
We have the benefit of education through schooling and socialisation to help us make those objective decisions towards our wellness.
That education enlightens us all factually about heart disease, cancer, allergies, eating disorders and other medical complaints which directly lead to obesity or annorexia.
For many, it is necessary to follow a strict diet prescribed for medical reasons while others choose abstinence by becoming a vegan or a vegetarian.
There is, therefore, a misconception about how to keep fit and achieve our goal of weight control.
A twenty minute jog, participation in the ever more popular public aerobic, yoga or zumba class are more likely to achieve the goal of weight control than a full-blown sixty minute sweaty workout in a gymnasium.
So it has been observed that overweight people who keep fit like this are generally fitter and arguably healthier than everybody else who does not.
In other words, the simple truth is that keeping fit is more important and more effective to a healthier life than dieting.
Nobody wants to be a couch potato.
Everybody wants to live. Everybody wants to be healthy.
Nobody wants to pay medical bils for hospitalisation which could and should be avoided with wiser management of time and knowledge.
Ultimately, our body is its own master by process of time and nature.
The simple truth is that dieting is a matter of weight control, nothing more.