Is there such a thing as the right diet? How about a perfect diet? The “perfect” diet. It is what women who are looking to lose weight and gain control of their health are searching for. The scene plays out almost like a fairy tale. The fair maiden anxiously awaits to be rescued from her imprisonment (of extra body weight). Searching the horizon for hope (Google!), she sees a charming prince coming to her rescue (the diet).
She anticipates being whisked away by this rider on a white horse. He will stoically battle for her and deliver her to a beautiful palace where she will enjoy the finest foods and most exquisite clothing (she will finally be THIN!). Her life, it will be a dream come true (because being skinny makes everything better). Then, much to her surprise, the prince is swallowed up by a mote of quicksand. Her hopes and dreams, gone.
While this story is a little silly, I feel that it sums up the emotional ups and downs that so many women experience when they are looking for a diet to help them lose weight. We read the cover of the latest diet book and its promises give us hope. We expect so much from the plan and then from ourselves in flawless adherence to the plan.
It all sounds wonderful but, in the end, it’s fairy-tale thinking…