As we mentioned last week, Kate and I will be starting a Food group/Weight management/ weight loss group at Crossfit london in October
We have not decided on a name for it, so suggestions welcome. We have already mentioned the idea of having a clear goal, but we thought we ought to explain the underpinning rational of our food group and what we, in a nut shell, intend to do .
The whole diet industry is either led by fraudsters or moron scientists. The more you view obesity as a macronutrient issue, and promote “diets” and exercise the more you guarantee failure.
That’s “Guarantee” failure.
People who control their weight successfully, tend to eat and drink in moderation, eat a range of predominately healthy foods . They probably don’t consume excess amounts of sugar or salt. They probably don’t eat many trans-facts. They are probably lower glycemic index sugar orientated, are inclined towards a mediterranean diet model, have healthy fats, are probably fresher food orientated.
Unless you are a moron, you already know this.
But one of the many fascinating food group tasks will be a food diary and a way of monitoring this type of better diet, so of course we will remind and embed better eating. But, listing better foods is like listing non-alcoholic drinks for a drunk.
In short, everyone has been looking in the wrong place for inspiration. Comparative techniques from alcohol and drug abuse are useful, and indeed are already factored in to the drills and skills we will teach you. The ant-smoking lobby has lots of useful hints and tips so they are in their too.
All, not the real answer.
By the real answer, none account for, or create a genuine “a strategic architecture” that links all the aspects and techniques of weight management together.
The current model is that you start a diet ( paleo/Zone, “stuff a pear up your bum diet”) and use a technique, like brushing your teeth ( its actually an interesting technique, but I’m going to analyse it here) and if you cannot stick to it you are a failure.You sign up for some classes get weighed, get abused, and get educated ( dust is better the a deep fried Mars bar) and voila, nothing happens. You feel a failure
We say these models are fundamentally wrong as they pretend to be the strategic architecture whereas eating Paleo, having more protein, less sugar, whatever, are simply techniques.
When your back is against the wall, you don’t stay loyal to techniques. It is after all, just a technique. As human beings though, we can get hooked into causes. We may be law abiding citizens , but for the right issue, the right cause, we will link arms and sit down in front of the police singing, “we will not be moved”. You may not have enough courage to tell an abuser to leave their victim alone but maybe you could whisper “help is out there, don’t give up”
The model to crack obesity exists and it exists in the literature of revolution. The French, the Russian and American revolution lay down surprisingly similar pathways to changing the status quo.
We don’t need you to start a diet, we need you to start a revolution in your mind, your heart and your souls. You were born free, and yet everywhere you are in chains to oppressive eating habits that make you ill
Obesity is the oppressor, and there is a better way to live your life
Like any campaign, it takes time to build a movement. To gather support, to slowly see the weaknesses of the oppressor, to start attending “political meetings, read “revolutionary literature”……
So if you went to a diet club for one meeting you are on the road. If you read a diet book, or thought about walking a bit more , or put one donut down for 1 minute before eating it. Well done
You joined the revolution.
Each time you hesitate before eating crap, you are joining in the well known pattern of civil disobedience: Each time you take 5 more steps than your Obesity regime wanted you to, you ease its grip. You have never, ever failed. You were simply preparing.
Read a bit more about the patterns of revolution here
Once you win these battles, the trivial issue of eating correctly is easy.
More info and idea’s soon