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Curb Your Enthusiasm, Not Your Weight

Jeff GarlinAbout six months ago, Jeff Garlin from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” went on a nationwide tour promoting his new weight loss book. Garlin had taken off a considerable amount of weight and was doing the talking circuit to promote it.

The funny thing is, is that I was trying to get him to participate in my film “Finding Thin” and I was turned down twice.

I just couldn’t understand what was going on. He seemed like a nice guy and we were only trying to help people.

Perhaps Jeff was frightened to have his image on film forever instead of talk shows which would soon be forgotten. Perhaps he thought that if he gained weight, people would look and laugh.

I certainly am a fan of his work and feel for the man now that he has gained almost all of his weight -or even more- of it back.

This phenomenon is so common. The current statistics state that anyone who goes on a diet has a 98% chance of gaining back. The probability is nearly the same as winning the lottery.

Diets just don’t work. A change of lifestyle does; and this may be easy to say, but not necessarily easy to put into effect.

Everyone struggles no matter how much fame or money one has.

My suggestion for celebrities with recent weight loss is to keep it off for a year before you go writing a book about it.

Even Jennifer Hudson waited until she maintained her weight for a while. Not to mention that Ms. Hudson has a great program behind her as she is part of the “Weight Watchers” movement… she was an icon for one of the much healthier programs.

My final message to Mr. Garlin is to spend more time curbing your enthusiasm for a while and just concentrate on yourself, before you promote what certainly did not work for you.

There is hope out there and it applies to everyone. Keep going. I’m cheering for you.

This is a struggle that we all share together.

Fad Diets and Deprivation for Weight Loss…

After reviewing all the diets I’ve tried throughout the years, I have found the one that really works. The answer? Don’t diet.

That doesn’t mean that I am subscribing one to not eat right and do moderate exercise, but rather don’t put your body in deprivation.

I had a doctor back in my late teens who put me on a three hundred calorie-a-day diet.

The weight was coming off like crazy but after two months of eating basically nothing, I began to get light headed every day. Finally I ended up in the emergency room. It was at this point that I started to realize that deprivation wasn’t a form of dieting but actually a form of starvation.

The more I would starve my body, the less I would lose.

It seemed crazy to me but I began to understand the idea of fueling my fire of food. I really believe that the more I just substitute the items I am eating, the better I will feel and the rest will happen naturally.

When I need support I know that there are still some decent diet groups out there, like Weight Watchers being the best and healthiest that I have come across.

Just please don’t make my mistakes and think that the lower the number you feed your body means the lower the number of pounds. Depravation and Fad dieting does not work. Fad used to mean hot one day then gone the next.

I want a lifestyle change that I can live with as second nature and make a part of my every day existence.


Obesity: A Greater Threat To U.S. Troops Than Homosexuality!

We all thought “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” would protect us from getting infected with a dose of humanity by prohibiting gays in the military… and how truly stupid and ignorant it was.

But watch out, there is now an even bigger threat and it is called obesity.

In 2008, the military wrongly discharged 634 people under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Recently though, over 5,000 were discharged for failing to meet military weight standards.

It looks like they got it wrong all this time. It wasn’t the gays that were the threat to the military’s readiness and morale; it was the Mess Hall that some soldiers may have been spending too much time in.

Perhaps now we can take the time to not only teach acceptance of others but also learn how to cook and eat healthy.

Just think, a new venue for Weight Watchers to hold meetings.


Where’s That Dietary Magic Bullet?

What makes one diet so much better then another? Most of the diets I see and hear about will promise dramatic weight loss with immediate results. From dietary supplements and protein milkshakes to even spotting a magical sleeping pill that will make shred off pounds while in an unconscious state…no effort on my part necessary.

I have been looking for that quick fix and magic dietary bullet for years. Each one claims to work the best. Each one claims to have the ultimate solution to all of your weight problems. And especially in our fast-paced society, each one promises immediate results.

Today I received an email from Weight Watchers informing me that they have introduced their new “Points Plus Diet” that will make it even easier to lose weight. They even advertise that I don’t have to count points for fruit and most vegetables anymore.

I am curious as to why… what have they figured out within this “Points Plus Diet” to allow me to eat a plethora of fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, most of these programs put very little into their maintenance plan so I can keep the weight off.

To give credit though- where it is due- they will let me continue to buy their products and still pay for meetings.

So where is this magical dietary bullet that once the trigger of its healthy gun is pulled, my weight will live happy ever after?

I am hoping to find my own magic through finishing the production on this documentary.

Stay Tuned…