Richard Simmons, famous weight loss guru drove around in a car with a vanity plate that read, YRUFAT.
I have an answer for him, that applies to not all, but certainly many people who are overweight and don’t want to be that way. They’re fat because they tell themselves lies. They tell themselves lies that perpetuate all the actions that undermine any desire to lose weight and any progress they might make.
These are the 4 most common fat lies people tell themselves:
I have a ______________________ (fill in the blank – genetic, metabolic, glandular, hormone, allergic) disorder and I can’t lose weight.
Sometimes it’s true, but most of the time it’s a lie. We read or hear about some “new research” that’s often junk science and we self-diagnose ourselves. Because we believe the lie any attempt to lose weight is undermined by the belief that it’s “the disorder” that’s stopping progress. The disorder is actually a thinking/acting disorder that keeps us eating too many calories while we burn too few. We don’t see that because we don’t want to own it.
I’m addicted to carbs. I can’t have carbs without losing control.
This lie doesn’t seem like it should stand in the way of weight loss. In fact, it should support weight loss because if you believe you’re addicted to sugar you just avoid eating all sweets. When you cut carbs, you’re cutting out a lot of calories so weight loss should come easy. It doesn’t work that way. Rare is the person who enjoys carbs who can actually cut them out for any length of time. If you believe you are addicted and you slip with a little addiction indulgence, you have already – in effect – given yourself permission to eat too much. The lie becomes, “my addiction has taken over and I’m now a victim. I can’t stop – not because I don’t want to – but because I’m physically unable to stop!” You can stop if you want to, but if you’re looking for an excuse to overeat carbs, this lie will cover you.
I don’t have time.
The actions you need to take to lose weight don’t take any more time than the time you’re already spending being overweight. It’s true that you won’t instantly lose weight and it will take time to get there. As for the time it takes to get to goal, it’s worth taking all the time you need. As for the time it takes to change your eating and exercising behaviors, no additional time is necessary. Most people will find that once they get into a routine, they actually gain some time in their day.
It’s too expensive.
Most people find it’s cheaper in the long run to lose weight and to keep it off. Lower food bills, lower medical costs, especially health insurance premiums, and the necessity to keep getting bigger clothes reduces costs. It’s a myth that it costs more to eat a healthier. Snacks such as cookies and chips aren’t cheap, cutting back on them is a savings right there. Many processed foods cost more than buying the ingredients to prepare meals. Eating home more and eating out less often is cheaper. There’s no need to buy diet cuisine, shakes, and supplements which can be very expensive and are partially responsible for the mistaken belief that it’s expensive to lose weight. You can still shop the sales, use coupons and buy bulk. If it’s really too expensive then you’re doing it wrong.
Stop telling yourself these lies and you will find out that the truth will lead you to a healthy, maintainable weight!