I ventured onto the SELF Forum the other day.
Several readers will likely recognise SELF as the calorie-counting website the Princess set me up with back in June. It does all of the tracking for you; all you do is plug in your numbers. Easy as pie. Well, not as easy as EATING pie, but that's all too easy anyway.
I should have known that the forum would be a bad place, but I thought there might be some information about what to do when you're ready to go off a diet. I refuse to believe that you should just start eating an extra 500 calories per day. There must be a rule about working your way up with certain types of food.
It turns out that there are only two types of people posting to dieting forums:
- People who need to lose weight (30 pounds seems to be the magic number) but cannot get motivated. They feel fat. They are depressed. What are they doing wrong?
- People who do not need to lose any weight but have serious body-image problems. They are 5'8" and 118 pounds but are desperate to weigh 115. They only eat 1000 calories a day and work out for an hour a day. What are they doing wrong?
I had not realised how depressing people on diets can be. I have several friends who are or have been on diets, and they have never acted this way. I have one friend who has counted calories for years, and it actually excites her. She could go on for hours about the number of calories in certain foods. (Her excitement is contagious. Yes, I can get wrapped up in it.) Perhaps this attitude is more prevalent online than in the real world, or maybe my friends aren't a random sample.
Readers: Have you ever done this? Do I just start eating extra food? That seems dangerous to me. I am thinking about going slowly with extra protein (eggs, YUM) but perhaps I should be eating more carbs or fat (avocados, YUM).