Low Calorie Food Does Not Fool Your Body!

If you are new to this blog, read the Introduction Blog first date May 2, 2012.

So your doctor or nutritionist tells you to eat the low calorie substitute whenever possible!  Oh really?

Do you think that your body is fooled by that?  Your body knows exactly what you ate!  It is digesting it.  And if you eat less calories, your body reacts accordingly, with less satisfaction, and more hunger later.

Why would you do that to yourself?  Why would denying your body the full fat yogurt it craved and providing it with a low fat, less satisfying and more “chemically” artificially sweetened yogurt be good?

Well if you are “dieting” then you are obeying the diet rule by eating the low calorie option.  But remember what that diet is teaching your body.  It is teaching your body that it will not be provided with the food it craves when you are hungry. You are not trusting your body’s hunger, cravings and satiety signals.  In turn, your body will not trust your brain.  And to fight back, as soon as you “slip” off your diet, your body will roar like an angry tiger to get you to EAT.  And Eat you will.

I know you have been there after a diet where you were so good for so long.  And then one day you slip and you stuff yourself full of food you don’t even like.  Why do you think that happens?  It is your body’s reaction to your complete defiance of your instinct to eat!

How do you get thin listening to your body?  Well how do you get thin fighting your body all the time!!

Make peace with your biological instincts of what to eat and when.  And refuse to eat for any other reason than true hunger.

Stay in the moment!!  Do not eat based on tomorrow’s meal plan or what you ate this morning or what exercise you will do later.

Eat exactly what you crave- yes CRAVE! not a bad word- Cravings are a gift!

And then STOP when you aren’t hungry.  Which, if you are listening to your body, doesn’t take that long to achieve.

But when you know that whenever you are hungry you can eat what you want, the joy of overeating is non existent.  Eating when you are hungry is amazing.  Shoving down more food than your body is asking for is just a habit.  And that habit can be broken.

And when you replace that habit by eating what YOU LOVE when you are hungry, you will be happy to stop eating for any other reason.


The Power of your Body


Diets ignore how powerful you are.

Your body is going to do everything it can to keep you alive.  When you starve yourself on a diet, you put your body on high alert.

First, your body adapts.  Have you ever noticed that just a few days into a diet, your appetite is less and you tolerate less calories  better than the first day of your diet?

This is your fantastic body, which is on “your side” adapting to help you.

Think of you living 2000 years ago and having to endure a famine.  It would be helpful if you were able to tolerate lower calories because you would be able to go on with with your daily life, including hunting or gathering or whatever you needed to do.

In addition, under extreme circumstances, your metabolism slows.  So when you diet, your metabolism slows.

Again, this would served you well 2000 years.

Guess what?  Our bodies are still fighting for us.  And our bodies don’t recognize the difference between a self imposed famine (diet) and a real famine.

I have gone over all of this in blogs before.  But I want to keep reiterating how illogical it is to fight your biology.  Work with your body, not against it.

And how do you work with your body?

You listen to it.  Your respect it.  You should, it is the best “thing” you will ever have.

And if you are wavering, thinking that maybe you just need to diet because you and your body just can’t be re-synchronized, do yourself a favor.  Write down all the diets you have been on.  Write down how much you lost.  And then write down how long it took to gain it back.

Then look at that list and ask yourself if you are really going to do that again.  Why do we ignore the dots that connect dieting with weight GAIN?

Whether you gain and lose the same 5 pounds, or whether you weight fluctuates much more than that, the problem is still dieting.

Free yourself.  Get thin by behaving thin: eat what you crave when you are hungry.  Respect your body enough to listen to it.  (Oh, yes, it will talk to you.  But after being ignored for so long, it is just a whisper, but it will get louder and louder. I promise.)


To Get Thin, Behave Thin- I Hope this Obesity Expert From Yale Reads This…



“Kelly David Brownell (born 1951) is an American scientist, professor, and internationally renowned expert on obesity-”


Does that leave you a little perplexed?

Why would I take advice on obesity from someone who is obese?  Is that harsh?

Maybe he will discover some magic pill that will solve obesity.  Great.

But until then,  my dear diet-weary friends, let’s try some good old fashioned common sense.

Reconnect eating with hunger.

If you can do that (and you can) you will free yourself from food obsession.  And food obsession is what leads to the bingeing, especially post diet, that causes rapid weight gain.

Do we need to go over this again?  When you diet, you completely alter your relationship with food.  You eat things you don’t even like, when you are not hungry.  And, then you don’t eat anything when you ARE hungry.

This may sound innocuous, but it isn’t.  Your instinct to survive is primal and when you mess with your caloric intake you are messing with a fundamental part of survival, right?

So don’t take what dieting does to your body lightly.

Instead, re-learn how to eat normally, in response to normal hunger cues.   The result:  A healthy weight and a normal relationship with food.  And this is so important to your health and happiness.

I am still working on a new workbook to help in the day to day transformation from a diet mentality to a thin mentality.  I know you need help to do this.  Until then, keep in touch with my blog and Facebook posts, twitter etc.  I am pulling for you!!



You don’t need me to tell you this!  Look at your own history.



Now the AMA says Obesity is a Disease

Who benefits if we consider obesity a disease?

Who benefits if we consider obesity a disease?


Whether you are slightly overweight and tired of dieting, or much heavier, don’t let the new AMA decision to classify obesity as a disease make you disrespect your body.

Your body was born with a beautiful system intact to keep you at a healthy weight: hunger and satiety.

But we have “polluted” our bodies with diet messages that end up corrupting our relationship with hunger and satiety and set you up for binge eating.

That is where rapid weight gain comes.

Ask yourself this.  Why are we so impressed by nature’s balance only when it is outside of our own bodies?

We admire and protect the impressive equilibrium of eco systems including mountains, polar bears, turtles, rivers, yet we don’t respect the beautiful balance of our own bodies.

Obesity causes disease.

But obesity is a disease?

I guess the scientists can argue about this.

I live in the real world with real people struggling with real weight problems, whether it is 5 pounds or 100 pounds.

Whether you want to say obesity is a disease or not, the solution is not to diet.  The solution is to reconnect with the natural regulation of your body’s weight by respecting both hunger and satiety.


Unbelievable Patent for “Bulimia Machine”


Did you know that there is a patent pending for your own personal stomach pump called Aspiration Therapy?  Basically, a one centimeter hole is opened into your stomach and a permanent tube is installed, so you can manually pump out your stomach’s contents after you eat.

Yes, we are that desperate.

And that desperation has made us vulnerable.  We have lost our way and have completely perverted our relationship with food and eating.

I am trying to help people repair that.

And I need your help.  If you read this blog, please comment, share your story on Facebook, (DietsAreFattening) share my twitter (@megmeranus) or pass along this site info, or share my youtube videos (DietsAreFattening).

With companies out to make money off our perverted relationship with food, we are in trouble.  If there is money to be made, our dysfunction will continue to be reinforced by the diet industry.

We will continue to be trained out of normal eating and into yo yo dieting that leaves us fat and miserable.

I was so sad when I read about this patent.  I picture a nice person sitting in a chair sadly pumping out all the food they just ate, meanwhile, a kid starves elsewhere….  Truly a screwed up situation.

Thanks for helping.  I am just one voice.

Your thin mentality is under a layer of diet mentality…Dig it out!


In Response to Dr. Oz and the HCG Show today


I am reposting this from a website called Dr. Bill of Health.  I cannot endorse the whole website because I haven’t seen it all, but this article is spot on.

Please remember that those who make money off of a product like this should NOT be the ones doing the research.  The female doctor on the show today, promoting HCG was also the one in charge of her “research.”  People!  Beware!

One of the only no-strings-attached independent reviews of the HCG diet on the internet:

What’s all this talk about the HCG Diet these days? Does it work?  Is it safe?  I’ll get right down to it and I’m not going to exercise any diplomacy in my choice of words:  I’m calling the HCG diet yet another gimmicky, too-good-to-be-true, quick-fix diet which will probably only leave you lighter in the wallet and less healthy in the long run.   The preponderance of scientific evidence shows that it has no effect on fat loss beyond that which can be accomplished by just reducing calorie intake.

What is HCG?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and is produced during pregnancy. Early reports from British physician Dr. Albert T. Simeons in the 1950s suggested that HCG injections could enhance fat loss and spare valuable lean tissue (muscle).  Recent marketing literature for the product claim that sublingual (under the tongue) HCG drops can enhance fat loss.  As of this writing, there are HCG websites operating in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and most other industrialized nations with obesity issues.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Research
In the early to mid 1970s, more HCG studies surfaced in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature. A 1973 study by Asher and Harper showed positive results but was later slammed for poor methodology, with subsequent studies consistently debunking its use as ineffective for weight loss.

In 1983, a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reviewed all evidence up to that point and concluded that:

“HCG has no known effect on fat mobilization, appetite, or sense of hunger, or body fat distribution. HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy for obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets… [adverse effects main include] headache, irritability, restlessness, depression, fatigue, edema, precocious puberty, gynecomastia, pain at injection site.”

A 1995 meta-analysis (a combined statistical analysis) published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reexamined all the available scientific evidence and came to the conclusion:

“Methodological scores ranged from 16 to 73 points (maximum score 100), suggesting that most studies were of poor methodological quality.   Of the 12 studies scoring 50 or more points, one reported that HCG was a useful adjunct. The studies scoring 50 or more points were all controlled. 5. We conclude that there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss of fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being.”


Chronic dieting turns us into food addicts

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I have included a link to this article from Psychology Today– but for ease I pulled out a few sentences you might really be interested in:

The Problem with Dieting- How dieting creates food addicts

  1. Bad news for yo-yo dieters this week: according to a recent study, cycles of feast and famine can create fast-food junkies–at least in rodents.
  2. By making the unhealthy food temporarily unavailable, the researchers created food addicts. Food might not be addictive on its own, but prohibiting it can set off a cycle of anxiety, craving, and overconsumption that for all purposes looks like addiction.
  3. There’s no reason to believe that the food itself was the problem in this study, but the anxiety induced by restricting access to it.

Think of the implications of this for your own life.

Dieting leaves you vulnerable to huge weight swings, cravings, and food addictions.  Diets do not make you thin and happy.  Diets destroy your relationship with normal eating.

Normalize your relationship with food and eating by replacing your diet mentality with a thin mentality.

For the whole article here is the link:  The author draws some conclusions that I would not, but the information from the actually studies is great.


Doctor Advocates Trusting Your Body

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I watched a YouTube video from Bert Herring, M.D. who worked at the prestigious National Institute of Health. He developed the Fast Five diet and I wanted to learn more about it.  I am always on the prowl for new diets because I want to see how they are packaging their messaging so I can warn you!

If you watch this video, please let me emphasize that I am not endorsing this diet.

But there are parts of his message that strike a chord with me.  Especially this:
He advocates trusting your body to guide you in food choices.  I LOVE this.  But I am a “lay person” telling you to trust your body because your body knows what it needs.  And he is a doctor saying that to you.
So although I disagree with the rules he sets forth about eating,   I just wanted you to hear this from a medical person so that maybe it will help you trust yourself more.He also says that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is an advertisement for breakfast, not sound medical advice.Wow-  I love that and agree whole heartedly.  What matters?  Hunger matters.  Not hungry for breakfast- don’t eat!He also makes a good point about how your health is so much more than what you put into your mouth.  It is about your life, and if your life is enriching, and if you enrich others.I think that part of his talk is powerful stuff.

Bottom line:  We focus too much on food and eating perfectly.  We fear hunger, instead of embracing it as a great communication tool from our body.  We try to squish or cravings instead of trying to listen to them to understand what we need.

Your body wants to be in its ideal weight range.  Let it take you there.