Staying Skinny in 36 Steps?

One of the things I never wanted to do was become a Pinterest person.

I heard far too many stories from my friends about how amazing it was, how they found tons of recipes and craft ideas, how they love it so much, etc, etc. I personally thought it was a blown-out-of-proportion idea and told them repeatedly that they were addicted. Pure and simple. Some denied it, some gladly accepted it. It is what it is, they said.

About three weeks ago on a Saturday night I became impulsive and decided to do two things I had said I would never do: 1) Join Pinterest. 2) Watch “The Notebook.” (The Notebook was okay, not great.) A few days after requesting an invitation I was accepted. (‘Ben and the Pinterest Team’ did a good job of drawing people in with that concept of you have to request to be added; it’s like a V.I.P group.) Today I can unashamedly tell you that I am a fan of Pinterest. I like browsing and finding new ideas. My “Recipe Board” definitely has the most pins.

While browsing, I’ve found lots of recipes, quotes, hair styles, make up tips, and DIY tips. What I find most fascinating though is when I come across pins that were made to motivate people into exercising. Some motivational sayings are good, the tips they give are useful but then there are just some bizarre ones.

This is one that made my stomach churn as I read it:

1. Drink one glass of water every hour. It will make you feel full.
2. Drink ice-cold water. Your body will burn calories just getting the water to a normal temperature to digest. Also it is great for your complexion.
3. Drink 3 cups of green tea daily. It will help boost your metabolism, plus its anti-oxidants make your skin look great.
4. Take vitamins daily. Do not take vitamins on an empty stomach, otherwise they have nothing to catalyze with.
5. Eat ice or gum when hungry. This will make your body think it had food without the calories.
6. Eat spicy foods. They raise your metabolism.
7. Take cold showers because your body will burn calories to heat you back up.
8. Brush your teeth so you won’t be tempted to eat afterwards.
9. Wear a rubber band around your wrist. Snap it when you want to eat.
10. Use smaller plates and utensils so it seems like you ate more.
11. Chew each bite of food thoroughly and then take a sip of water between bites. You will feel full quicker and will not eat as much.
12. Sleep at least six hours a day. If you get less than six this can lower your metabolism by 15%.
13. If you start to feel hungry do sit ups.
14. Pamper yourself! Give yourself a facial, paint your nails, anything to make you feel pretty.
15. Keep track of everything you eat to manage your weight better.
16. Keep good posture, burns 10% more calories when you sit up straight.
17. Make a list of all the “bad” foods that you crave and tend to binge on. Each day, pick one to take out of your diet that you cannot eat again. Take one off the list each day until there are no more bad foods you can have.
18. Avoid eating anything bigger than about a cup, your stomach will expand and then you’ll get hungry more.
19. The smell of coffee is thought to suppress appetite.
20. Wear applied lip gloss. It makes you more aware of what’s going in your mouth. Also, flavored ones may help with cravings.
21. Have 6 small meals a day.
22. Low calorie hot chocolate curbs chocolate cravings, and makes you feel full.
23. Take a picture of yourself wearing a bathing suit or something equally important to you, look at it before you want to eat.
24. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to realize the stomach is full.
25. Eat lots of fiber. It makes you feel full and takes fat with it out of your body. The natural cleansing helps improve both your energy level and overall feeling of wellness.
26. Before you dig into that cake, bag of chips, candy, or whatever, take a deep breath and count to 100. Usually by the time you get to 100 you will have convinced yourself that you don’t really want it.
27. Celery actually burns calories. Every hour eat a stalk of it. Not only will it fill you up, but it will also get your metabolism kickin’.
28. Read the nutritional information. Remember, fat-free does not mean calorie-free.
29. Keep an eye on fiber content. Get as much fiber into your diet as you can, while cutting fat and calories.
30. Don’t eat a lot at once. Spread your food throughout the day. This will help to avoid binging and keep your metabolism going.
31. Avoid alcohol. A shot of liquor has 100-120 calories, a glass of wine has 80 calories, a lite beer has 110-120 calories, and a regular beer has 140-170 calories.
32. Do not eat in front of the computer or TV. This distracts you from recognizing you’re full.
33. Stay away from Slim-fast and other so-called “healthy” candy bars and shakes… one look at the nutrition facts will tell you why. Save yourself the money, and the calories. Buy yourself some flowers instead — they make you happy.
34. When having cravings try drinking a tall, icy glass of water with slices of lemons or oranges — sometimes what you think is hunger is really thirst.
35. Remember, an occasional binge doesn’t hurt, in fact it’s quite beneficial if you have reached a plateau (stopped losing weight). Just don’t binge too regularly! and finally,
36. Love and respect yourself and your body.

Oh. My. Word. Obviously whoever posted this does not want to gain weight. This is setting someone on the road to anorexia. No where on that list does it state exercise as being a method of not gaining weight. Instead it’s snap a rubber band on your wrist or put on lip gloss. It flabbergasts me that in her (I’m assuming it’s a she, I could be wrong though) fear of gaining weight, she does all of this. And I’m sure it’s a daily thing too. Maybe I’m being too harsh here, but, why bother eating at all? Number 36 should have been replaced by “don’t eat anything.”

It’s quite disgusting that this exists. The author could have written this implying that you could try one or two of these tips a day (but I don’t think so) but to an impressionable, self-conscious person, attempting all of these and failing will lead to more serious problems. But hey, as long as you love and respect yourself and your body, right?

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One thought on “Staying Skinny in 36 Steps?

  1. Joella Ranaivoson says:

    this is wrong. those previous 2 comments were supposed to go to your matt post. not this 36 steps stuff. sorry. delete please. i’ll comment properly on the right posts.

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