PAMPERS V. HUGGIES

When I was pregnant with my first child, a good friend of mine, who had an infant daughter, said, “Whatever you do, don’t use Pampers because they don’t work—you must use Huggies.” Ok! I was armed with this great information, only to be perplexed when Huggies didn’t work for my daughter. Oddly, I felt extremely pampers-huggies-300x186-1.jpgdisappointed.

Given the diet information overload that bombards us 24/7, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Intermittent fasting? High-fat diet? The new Weight Watchers plan? The F-Factor diet? Frequent meals throughout the day? What’s the best way to eat?

Well, just like the Pampers v. Huggies scenario, there is not one plan that will work for everyone. It is so easy to get sucked into a new fad and jump right in. The problem with this, is that we lose our common sense. I have seen this with many of my clients. Extremely smart, rationale women seem to lose the plot and want to try an eating program that they either have tried in the past and have failed, or embark on an endeavor that makes no sense.

I, for example, can’t do a very long fast, even though intermittent fasting has some health benefits.  If I go too long without food, I feel shaky, angry and get a headache. Clearly, this isn’t the best way for me to eat, given that I have an active job and have to work with people all day long. However, just because this doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean that this wouldn’t work beautifully for you.

So, if you’re reading an article about a new method of eating, or listening to a podcast showcasing the best way to lose weight, pause for a moment. Give yourself some time to weigh the pros and cons to see if this will really work for you given your lifestyle. If it doesn’t make sense, don’t do it. Trying new plans and failing is not good for your brain, your confidence, or for your sense of well-being. Instead, it promotes negative feelings, shame, and self-loathing.

Bottom line: Huggies don’t work on every baby.  Many of the new eating plans and  programs are the same way. Stop, investigate, and think critically so you can figure out what works best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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