What’s attitude sickness and why does it make us fat?

Every time you have ever tried to lose weight and failed, it’s always because of the same reason.

I'm always going to be fat no matter how hard I try. There's nothing I can do to change that.

I’m always going to be fat no matter how hard I try. There’s nothing I can do to change that.

Yes, always. It might seem to be something different every time, but all failed attempts can be traced to a single cause.

It’s because you have a sickness that stops your success. The only reason you have not lost weight or lost weight and didn’t keep it off is because of your sickness.

You aren’t to blame for your lack of success; you’re suffering from an insidious disease.

It’s called Attitude Sickness!

Attitude sickness is the disease caused by negative self-talk. The longer you have talked negatively to yourself, the worse your case of attitude sickness will be and possibly that will make it harder to cure.

What’s the connection between attitude sickness and ineffective weight loss actions? Well, some people think that a “verbal kick-in-the-butt” i????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????s the most effective way to motivate themselves. It’s not! It’s absolutely not, even if initially it might seem to make a positive difference. That’s why the disease is so insidious. It’s trying to convince you that you’re not sick.

What makes negative self-talk so destructive? You and your accomplishments are products of your thoughts. When you don’t maintain a healthy attitude it turns everything you try to do into the outcomes you want most to avoid.

"Yes, I could walk because my friend lives less than a mile away, but why bother?  I'm can't lose weight. I tried but it never works."

“Yes, I could walk because my friend lives less than a mile away, but why bother? I’m can’t lose weight. I tried but it never works.”

If you see yourself as a person who is “overweight and will always be overweight despite all the self-butt-kicking you try to avoid it,” that’s who you will always be. The sickness is clever and it masks the truth. You won’t recognize how your sick self-image undermines your progress every step of the way.

Instead of owning your actions you’ll be blaming your lack of progress on people, things, and situations out of your control. You will look for the obstacles and when you find them you’ll believe your own lies that tell you why there’s no way around them. Then what happens?

You get sicker with negative self-talk. Attitude disease invades the part of your mind that hasn’t been affected. It sickens your positive-thinking brain cells.

I discovered I suffered from attitude disease when I started attending weekly Weight Watchers meetings. If I hadn't learned I was sick, I never could have cured the disease.

I discovered I suffered from attitude disease when I started attending weekly Weight Watchers meetings. If I hadn’t learned I was sick, I never could have cured the disease.

How do you know if you have attitude disease? Listen to what you say to yourself. If you hear these kinds of words, you’ll know you’re infected:

  • Why don’t you have any willpower?
  • I lose about 20 pounds and then I can’t lose any more.
  • I start out good every morning and then blow it every night.
  • I’m a junk food junky.
  • I don’t like any of the food that’s good for me.
  • I can’t workout; what good is just walking?
  • When I workout I get way too hungry.
  • My whole family is overweight and I’m going to be just like them.dreamstime_s_32590360

No matter how big of a case of the disease you have, it can be cured. It takes time and patience and the results are well worth the efforts!

Click here for the cure for your Attitude Sickness

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.