What a Long, Strange Trip

“Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity.”

This excerpt from William Banting’s “Letter on Corpulence” pretty much sums up why Beacon is in existence. As far as addictions go, food is easily in the top 3. Based on a report done by the CDC, diabetes and obesity are among the top 5 most expensive diseases to treat while diabetes, eating disorders, heart disease, and obesity fall in the top 15 most deadly diseases in the US.

William Banting’s piece was written in 1986 based on his own battles in dieting and weight loss. He was an undertaker in England who struggled with obesity until he was put on a regimen of reduced carbohydrate intake, especially those sugary in nature. His own diet was four meals per day, consisting of meat, greens, fruits, and dry wine. The emphasis was on avoiding sugar, saccharine matter, starch, beer, milk and butter. His own issues with food and weight caused him to take note of what he considered to be an epidemic afflicting the general public. Guys, this piece was written in 1986 and it is NO different than the battles we face today!

The truth is, dieting and the things we are willing to do to achieve a certain body type or image can FAR outweigh the common sense needed to pursue a sustainable solution. We have replaced that search for sustainability with an innate need to get what we want and get it now! In this search for immediate gratification when it comes to food, the object most desired and rarely found is a permanent solution. Look, we are no stranger to the diet roller coaster and the highs are high but the lows are really low. Not just mentally and emotionally, but they can also impact the overall effectiveness of ANY diet. Yo-yo dieting, a term we are all too familiar with, can have severe and lasting effects on our ability to achieve desired, let alone any, weight loss at all.

So what now? We can tell you what we think is best and that might not be the thing that works for you. Sometimes it’s all about timing, motivation, and willingness to let go and let god (or whatever deity you choose). What we CAN tell you is that when something sounds too good to be true, it almost always is, and any deprivation too severe will ultimately lead to failure. Deprivation is like a yellow brick road you can stay on for a short time only because you know that there is a donut waiting at the end. Your hunt should lead you to success, not to a long walk off a short cliff.