It was great to get an email from Debra of Debra’s Just Maintaining today. Debra’s blog was one of my favorite reads back in the day, but she left the blogosphere to follow a new calling (her gain, our loss!).
Anyways, Debra thought I’d enjoy this clip of Alton Brown at Google from October 2011 (she was right; it’s embedded below), especially his take on weight maintenance:
You know, losing weight's easy. Keeping weight off? Ha-a-a-rd.
It’s like fighting zombies. You think you’ve killed all the zombies, and then there are more zombies. There are just more of them, they never freaking really go away. So you have to constantly keep your 9 mil on you, you have to constantly keep a machete near by.
That’s the way it is with diet. Because your body does not want to maintain the weight that you’ve set. I mean, it’ll get used to it after a while, but any chance that your body gets to betray you, it will. [11:35]
I’m sure Alton Brown’s career makes it hard, as does living near Atlanta (“we have biscuits, and ham, and mint juleps … for breakfast!”). But there’s no doubt that, more often than not, the the relative ease of losing weight is more than made up for by the relative challenge in maintaining.
BTW, the post I did on Alton Brown’s Live and Let Diet in early 2010 has been my most popular post ever (just shy of 100K views) — thanks largely to Google traffic every time the program airs. Check it out if you’re interested in seeing how he lost his weight.