ARE YOU A DIET VICTIM?
By Melonie Dodaro
A diet victim excuse is the line you tell others, and yourself, about why you haven’t been successful with your health goals in the past. By and large, this is a conglomeration of misconceptions, assumptions, and denial all rolled up into one. All of us have heard or used the following excuses at one time or another:
“I’M JUST BIG BONED.”
Hmm…large bones make us tall, not round. The difference in skeletal structure in relation to weight is a function of height. You can think of it like a corn dog. If one corn dog is twice as big as the next, does that mean the stick weighs more? Probably not.
“MY FAMILY IS BIG – IT MUST BE HEREDITARY.”
Yes, some families do tend to put pounds on easier, but most families that are overweight stay that way due to the way they’ve been raised to think about food. These habits are generally passed on to the succeeding generation, so they cause the weight gain, not a specific family gene.
“MY METABOLISM IS SLOW.”
Although a slow metabolism does make it harder to lose weight, often our metabolism slows because we’ve chosen not to live a healthy lifestyle. If your metabolism is slow, get up and get moving to speed it up; take responsibility for your health.
“HEALTHY FOOD COSTS TOO MUCH AND TASTES BAD.”
How much do your doctor bills or your blood pressure medication cost? How expensive will it be to have Type II diabetes due to weight? Total up the money spent on fast food, lattes and bad habits like tobacco or alcohol. Eating well doesn’t cost nearly as much as you think. You can actually SAVE money and increase your life expectancy.
Healthier foods can be delicious! Within weeks of eating wholesome healthy food, your body will want to be healthy and you may develop an aversion to fast food. You need to take time to let your taste buds adjust to good wholesome foods.
“I HAVE TOO MUCH TO LOSE AND IT WILL TAKE TOO LONG.”
Who says there is a timeline to meet your goal? Eating right and exercising is a lifestyle, not a one-shot marathon! It’s unrealistic to impose an artificial deadline. Commit to the lifestyle, and the goals will be met along the way.
“I JUST CAN’T DO IT. I’VE TRIED AND I’M AFRAID TO FAIL AGAIN.”
This is such a sad excuse, because it means you’ve given up; you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t deserve to look or feel any better than you do right now. This mindset keeps more people moving toward a life of obesity and ill health. If you don’t have things straight in the mind, no plan will ever work. You must convince yourself that you’re worth it—you deserve to look and feel as good as you possibly can. Your very life depends on it!
You have a powerful capacity for healing your body and transforming your mind. To accomplish this, you have to free yourself from the past. When you release old hurts, you grow and learn to recognize happiness, which will help you stick to your goals and realize your dreams. Every time you relive a memory, especially a past diet disappointment or an old hurt, it keeps it alive in your spirit and body. Break the cycle by shedding the past story and creating a present one…and in the new version you can be determined not just to muddle through, but thrive.
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