Critical Thinking is an Important Element of Fat Loss.

Posted: August 27, 2009 in eating
think this'll help your fat loss? probably not.

think this'll help your fat loss? probably not.

I was at the grocery yesterday, standing in line. I noticed that boxes of “supposedly-healthy-cereals-that-make-you-lose-weight” were conspicuously displayed near the check-out counters. First of all, I am suspicious of anything that comes in a box and declares itself as being “healthy” for you. If a company has to spend so much on advertisement and packaging to convince the public that their food is healthy (because lord knows those things taste awful), there’s some overcompensation going on there.

And then there’s the deluge of drinks supposedly fortified with L-Carnitine, to aid your fat loss. Of course, you have to realize that they mean you’ll lose weight in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise. Actually, you could do away with the sugary drink,  just keep the proper eating habits and exercise, and you’d still lose fat. But what happens? People — ladies in particular, I notice — drink several bottles a day, in conjunction with crackers. Just because something is labeled with the word “fit” doesn’t mean it will help you lose fat. Seriously. That is a lesson I had to learn the hard way, but am thankful that I did learn eventually.

There is no magic drink, or magic biscuits, that will help you slim down. But it also doesn’t have to be as painful as people make it out to be. When someone says “fat loss,” what usually comes to mind is depriving yourself of ALL good food, eating a really low number of calories, and usually exercising for hours at a time per day. The average person does not have to subject him/herself to that kind of torture just to lose a few pounds. In fact, I’d argue that it’s counterproductive. But that’s usually what the media depicts, so it’s become ingrained in our collective consciousness that fat loss = pain and deprivation.

I used to think that the most important element in losing weight was willpower. Not anymore. Critical thinking is more important.  The next time someone *cough*advertising*cough* tells you that you need (insert product name here) to lose weight, don’t rush out to buy a box. Remember that they’re usually out to make a profit, and that the models in the ads most likely have never used their products. Understanding exactly what goes into your mouth — and why — is the first step towards true fat loss.

  1. Victoria says:

    So true! I’ve also always thought that knowing correct information is key to weight loss, and now that I reflect on it, that requires a great deal of critical thinking. It sometimes depresses or even angers me when I still see many women hold on to the belief that crash dieting is the way to lose weight. It would be nice to change that perception once and for all.


    • isa says:

      Absolutely. It’s really frustrating to see women sabotage their own dieting efforts, not because of a lack of willpower, but because they’ve been misled. And it’s not just that they don’t know what to do, but sometimes, they’re told to do the wrong things!

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