Body Image and Dieting: Diet is a Four-Letter Word

During my sophomore year of high school, I decided I needed to lose five to ten pounds.  Dieting was the only solution, or so I thought.  I was an athlete, so I felt the only other thing I needed to do was go on a diet.  Now that is an interesting phrase, because if you go…

Body Image and Diets: Rethinking Resolutions and Dieting

Many Americans will begin another year with a resolution to lose weight.  Most will start out with a bang, but then fizzle out like New Year’s Eve fireworks. The majority will lose weight, but only a small percentage will keep it off.  Most will gain it all back, plus more.  They will then jump again onto the merry-go-round of…

Male Body Image: The Man on the Chicken Diet, Part 2

“When did you first start to gain weight?”  I asked.  The all-important question that most naturopaths, physicians, and nutritionists never ask.  (Note:  The same question must be asked if someone has issues with purging, bingeing, or over-exercising.) “Hmmm…I think it was my second year of med school.  Before that I was pretty buff and worked out…

Body Image and Dieting: Why Diets Don’t Work

Note:  This article is for people who need to lose weight for health reasons – not those who want to “get skinny” so they will have perfect lives.  We will address that later.  Face it.  You are more likely to get run over by a truck full of PMSing women going on a Dairy Queen binge…