A friend of mine on posted an interesting post on his blog The Preston Institute and I totally agree with what he's saying (he thought I might want to beat him up though, lol). Weight loss becomes dangerous when people take it to extremes, cutting out everything "bad" makes you more likely to fall off the wagon and go back to your old ways, it's hard to maintain because you're depriving yourself. I totally agree with "everything in moderation" approach to weight loss and that's why I went with Weight Watchers. If I want to eat McDonalds with my family I can, if I want to have a piece of cake at a party I can, if I want to have a celebratory dinner with my husband I can. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, how can you do that when you make weight loss your everything? We aren't 1 dimensional, whilst I am all about weight loss and getting fitter and healthier I am many other things too and cannot imagine just only ever talking to people about weight loss etc, I love talking and will talk about many things. I also pick who I talk more about weight loss too, generally those that are in the same boat as me, if a person isn't interested then I'm not going to bore them by talking and talking about it.
I also do not force my weight loss on others and tell them what they should/shouldn't be eating, well apart from my kids, I try to encourage them to eat healthy food and try to teach them about foods they should only eat sometimes, but that's my job as their mum. I have no right to force my weight loss onto others, well not to ram it down their throats anyway. If you come for lunch or dinner at my house it will most likely be a Weight Watchers recipe or something relatively healthy, but it will be tasty :D
Bascially what I'm saying is when weight loss takes over every fibre of your being and you become a food Nazi and over radical about it, it's really not a healthy approach. An everything in moderation approach, whilst it may take you longer to get to your goal, you'll get there in a much healthier and happier way and you'll be more likely to get to your goal and maintain it. Weight loss is hard enough already, don't make it harder on yourself by making yourself miserable and not enjoying life.