What’s Old is New Again

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD

August 13th, 2013

We’ve all heard the expression, “the more things change the more they stay the same.” When it comes to weight management, this saying certainly holds true. Recently, I came across a nutrition brief that referenced a 1920s Reader’s Digest article titled “How to Regulate Your Weight”. The article contained some information that still holds true today, while other information is far from accurate.

Some highlights are as follows:

  1. The reader is told that not being able to lose weight is scientifically absurd. Ouch! That not only hurts, it’s simply not true. We know losing weight is not always as black and white as calories in/calories out; there are many shades of grey involved.
  2. “Some foods are enemies while some are friends.” I never was a fan of making food an enemy or friend since it’s neither one!
  3. Obtaining your ideal weight is “perfectly easy,” and (better yet), is even “easier to retain.” If that were true, I would not be writing this blog!
  4. “Don’t take seconds on starchy rice, tapioca, macaroni, or potatoes.” Not too far off the mark, I would suggest waiting 15 minutes before indulging in second helpings of any food to determine if you are truly hungry or just “taste” hungry. If you are in fact still physiologically hungry, go for lean protein and more veggies.
  5. “Limit sugar to three teaspoons daily.” This was probably a tall task back then and even more so now in today’s food environment where highly sweetened processed foods and beverages rule the day. I prefer to aim for the American Heart Association’s recommendation of six (women)-nine (men) tsp of added sugar a day as a goal.

Overall, it seems that the desire to lose and manage our weight is not going to go out of style anytime soon. We are in the throes of an obesity epidemic which has already reached global proportions. The advice of old still rings true in some matters, but with today’s advanced technology, we can stay on top of the latest advancements for better weight management. Fortunately, UH OptiWeight is based on sound, evidence-based research to best help you achieve your healthy living goals.

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