Thursday, January 7, 2010

Diet vs. Diet

The Today Show on NBC is always featuring people that lose weight, which is great.  But they always say that the people did it the "Old Fashioned Way" with diet and exercise.  Yeah, because Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are from way back in the olden days.  They used to hang with all the personal trainers that are so old fashioned. 

Here's what gets me.  The word DIET.  Technically there are two definitions for diet.  The first is simply the nutrition that we take in to maintain energy.  The second is what most people think of when they hear the word.  A reduction in caloric intake. 

Hm.....WLS patients still have to eat and get energy SOMEhow, so yeah, diet applies there.  And WLS is essentially a permanent reduction in caloric intake.  For bypass patients it's even twofold, since we reduce calories by restriction and by malabsorption.  It's a lifetime diet, if you want to think in "old fashioned" terms. 

So the Today Show can kiss my wrinkly elephant-knee butt.  We WLSers are losing "the old fashioned way" too!


ZumbaJoan said...

You tell 'em! I'm proud of you! And forget old-fashioned . . . I say you did it the Meg-tastic way! :)

Meg said...

I like that, MEGTASTIC. That should be in the dictionary. :D

Amy W. said...

Really though, when I see people who "succeeded" by doing it the old fashioned way, I want to say...yeah, we will check back in about 5 years and see that 4 out of 5 of them have put the weight back on!

melsreturn said...

I agree! "diet" does not always mean low calories. What about when a doctor tells a heart patient that he/she must follow a certain diet in order to stay healthy? That doesn't mean less calories, it means foods that are more appropriate for that specific medical condition... that's what we do and live by as wls folks... a regime of certain healthy foods so that we can keep our "condition" under control, aka obesity.