The Best Way to Lose Weight Dogma

Clown Watering a Single Flower in the Middle of Dry, Cracked Soil
Dieting has reached the status of religion.
Do it our way, or get out!

Has self-responsibility and integrity died?

Sometimes, it feels that way when you look at how viciously weight-loss groups defend their one-true dietary religion.

Weight-loss plans are no longer seen as helpful tools. Today, they are creeds to live by. Tweaking is not allowed. Given the vicious climate within ketogenic circles, why is it so difficult to let go of low carb?

Change is never easy.

But with so many diet plan gurus ready and willing to show you the way to salvation, it shouldn't be all that hard. Should it? After all, a well-balanced, nutrient-dense weight-loss plan is pretty straight forward.

Or is it?

No matter which diet plan you choose, they all claim to be best:
  • the best diet
  • the best way to lose weight
  • the best way to lose weight fast
Those who subscribe to an individual plan's beliefs and merits (at least what the individual diet doctor believed and thought he knew at the time) soon fall into the ditch of adhering to and preaching faulty science.

Every time I turn around a new study comes forward that shows up low carb for what it is: a simple way to cut back on calories. And yet, the masses continue to cling to the low-carb dream as if their very life's breath depended on low-carb magic being true.

Dieting Has Become a Religion

Pink Grapefruit Cut in Half
The Grapefruit Diet was a low-carb diet that
many people lost weight successfully on.

It doesn't matter what type of diet plan it is.

It doesn't even matter what kind of "This is the best way to lose weight" dogma the diet program puts forth. If it works -- and most weight-loss plans do work if you can stick to the rules for that particular weight-loss plan -- someone, somewhere, is going to become a disciple of that unique diet religion.

It never fails.

When you've been around the dieting circuit for as long as I have and you take the time to actually investigate a few different diet plans, you begin to see a pattern, a pattern of religious dogma that is really beginning to bug me.

Whatever happened to the notion that we are all unique individuals?

What ever happened to the "This is what worked for many, but not for everyone" approach to doing things?

Has Self-Responsibility and Integrity Died?

If you take a really good look at the different diet plans available today and the individuals following those plans and supporting them, you'd think you'd just fallen down the rabbit hole. These followers are the most self-righteous, dogmatic preachers alive.

They are always pounding on those who dare to tweak the plan and parrot false and outdated science, swearing that their interpretation of what the diet author wanted to get across to the reader is the best way to lose weight.

The only way.

Okay . . . whatever.

I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I don't have to please them if I don't want to. But it just bugs me that people can be so narrow-minded, judgmental, and flat out unkind to those who are finding weight-loss success in a slightly different way.
  • You aren't doing Atkins . . .
  • You aren't doing South Beach . . .
  • You aren't doing low carb . . .
  • You aren't following the HCG protocol . . .
That's what they all say. No matter which diet plan group you move toward, it's always the same.

"HERE, we follow:
  • Atkins
  • South Beach
  • Dr. Simeon's Protocol
-- and you're not."

They're All Hypocrites

The irony, of course, is that none of them are actually following the original diet plan as laid down by the author. They all have found ways to tweak their favorite weight-loss program to fit their own dieting mindset.

The odd thing is that a whole group of dieters tweak a diet plan in exactly the same way, so they all hang out together. They call that living the keto, Atkins, South Beach, or HCG lifestyle.

If you adopt these group tweaks and changes, rather than using your own intuitive style of eating, you'll be accepted and approved of. If you adopt your own tweaks and changes, rather than theirs, you'll be rejected or at best, ignored.

Because . . .

Well . . .
  • You're not doing Atkins.
  • You're not doing South Beach.
  • You're not following Dr. Simeon's protocol.
Whatever happened to results being king?

I suppose it's just too much to ask for real weight-loss support these days.