Excuse – I have a slow metabolism. If you’re overweight, it may be just the opposite according to the Mayo Clinic. They say slow metabolism is rare. Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. It pretty much is set for your system but can impair it by a number of factors. Getting no exercise will slow down the process your body uses to use energy. As you get older, the amount of energy used is less so it looks like a slowdown in metabolism. Eating too much, exercising too little, and certain medical conditions can slow down the metabolism.
However you look at it, your metabolism isn’t a valid excuse for not losing weight. It’s hard to speed up energy burning while sitting on the couch eating Twinkies. Don’t worry about your metabolism unless your doctor says you have a problem with it. Then don’t worry anyway. Find a plan and stick with it. Get plenty of both aerobic and strength exercise. Keep fit as they say, and keep working on the weight loss diet. Your metabolism will take care of itself.
Excuse – fast food is after all, fast. We talked about fast food the other day, but we didn’t address the fact that it is fast. Del Taco or Taco Bell can fix your 10 tacos before you can even fill up your cup of iced tea. All these fast food places feature drive-thru windows so you can get your food and be on your way. Our society is always in a hurry. That 30-minute lunchtime is only 15 and you have to be at your next appointment. When I worked, I noticed the workers ate very fast and went out to play basketball during the rest of their lunch break. We live in the instant microwave society. We have instant pudding, instant oats, instant rice, instant soup, and of course, Ramen noodles. The family doesn’t sit down together because they are all off doing something. The fact they call it fast food, indicates to me that they sell the fact it is fast. People want fast, so sell them what they want. However, fast doesn’t change the fact that it is high calorie and probably contributes to the obesity epidemic today. Therefore, slow down or as the signs say, Stay calm and eat slowly. You weight loss will thank you.
Excuse – I’ll never lose the last ten pounds. I read a number of message boards, and this is one of the most difficult parts of the diet dilemma. You will go through plateaus in your diet and you work through them. Sometimes it’s a few days and sometimes a few weeks. It’s normal for your body to adjust to the weight loss. It might be frustrating but you work your way through it and never give up because the goal is in view. However, for some reason, those last 10 pounds won’t budge.
If you Google this problem you will find all kinds of reasons and fixes for the problem of those last pesky pounds. You might think your scale is stuck. Your body is doing everything it can to hold onto those last pounds. Experts call it survival. You need to look at your plan. Have you been sneaking in a few extra calories? You may have to reduce the intake a little. On the other hand, what about your exercise? Did you start good but are waning a little—maybe not walking as often or as much? You might have set your goal too low. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Excuse – I’ve been good all week so I’m rewarding myself this weekend. I don’t know how many times I did well on my diet all week and then just blew it on the weekend. I’d lose 3 pounds during the week and gain it all back and sometimes more on the weekend. It’s frustrating. It is hard to lose a pound but easy to gain one. Now if you can reward yourself in a non-food way, great. Maybe a new book or a trip to the zoo. Some dieters make lists of things they want and set a weight loss goal to get them. That’s a great way to reward yourself.
However, don’t reward yourself with food. One large pizza can put you back a week. I know of no one who has rewarded themselves with a bowl of carrots. It is usually something that isn’t on your plan and you know you shouldn’t eat because it triggers more eating off plan. One thing leads to another and down the slippery slope, you slide. Don’t use a cheat meal, or a cheat day. They just don’t work in the end. It is one-step forward and two steps back. Just keep doing well on your diet, week in and week out.
Successful dieters are those who focus on ways to overcome the obstacles rather than finding excuses for why they can’t do it. I guess that’s the half-full or half-empty glass syndrome. Many people are stuck on the problems and are unable to get past them. It’s all about what you think you see. For 31 years, I worked on large system IBM computers. When one large system is broke, it affects many people and business processes. That meant when I walked into the computer room, I had to focus on diagnosing the problem and fixing it. There was always a solution, so I had to find it.
That has served me well in life. As problems came up I would concentrate on the fix and not on the problem. Weight loss diets present problems. A problem can bog you down, and you fail to look for a solution. If you have ever watched the TV series, Scorpion or MacGyver, they always face problems they must solve. Wouldn’t be much of a show if they didn’t solve them. As a dieter, don’t let the problem overwhelm you. When you look at the menu and see nothing on plan, look again with a problem solving eye.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). I don’t think the Apostle James ever had to go on a weight loss diet. Joy and temptations just don’t go together. How can you count it all joy to fall into the temptations every dieter faces? Have you met people who were just happy no matter what? We saw two characters on a sitcom the other night who were happy whether they won or lost. In fact, they didn’t lose the game they played but they came in second. That’s what it means to count it all joy. All means all—all the time.
Whether it’s a diet temptation or trial, or any trial in your life, consider it with joy. It’s not God putting you through a trial, so you know if you pass, you’ll get a brownie. No, never, nope. Trials come to all of us. In fact, God didn’t put that brownie on a plate in the break room to tempt us. No, someone else put it there and a brownie is a temptation to a dieter. Consider it joy because you know the outcome works to endurance and strength. Pass on one brownie, and you can pass up a whole plateful.
Excuse – hamburger and fries, I mean meat and vegetables. And carbs, sodium, fat, and calories. MacDonald’s new Grand Mac has 860 calories, 470 from fat, 1470 mg of sodium, and 52 grams of carbs. Add a large fries, another 510 calories. That’s 1370 calories, which is almost a days’ worth of calories, more if your allotment is 1200 calories per day. That’s it for the day. That isn’t going to happen. Even if you’re joking about the meat and vegetables, it isn’t funny if you are really trying to lose weight.
A homemade hamburger patty is 150 calories and a baked potato is 114 calories—264 calories total. There are plenty of jokes running around for dieters. I’m on a seafood diet. I eat everything I can see. If you eat something and no one saw it, it doesn’t count as calories. Obesity is no joke. Scott Davis is a Christian comedian and often told jokes about his weight until he had to lose weight or else. Now he doesn’t tell fat jokes. It is a serious health issue, which he and so many others deal with each day. Take your diet seriously.
To weigh or not to weigh, that isn’t the question. Today is the day we remind you it’s ‘weigh day’. I don’t mean you only weigh once a month, but this is a reminder that weighing is the best way to see if you are losing weight. You are on a weight loss diet, aren’t you? There are dozens of reasons not to weigh if you search the internet. However, there are dozens of reasons why you should weigh. I’m on that side. I have never found the scale to be intimidating. It just an inanimate object to step on each morning to see how much weight you are carrying.
It doesn’t weigh your personality or your looks. It’s not intended for that. That’s why they make mirrors. It doesn’t directly tell you that you are losing belly fat. That’s what a tape measure does for you. It doesn’t say if you are happy or sad. It just weighs your weight at the moment you step on it. Two hours later it might say something different, so just weigh once in the morning and that’s it. Don’t obsess over it. Don’t worry about what it says. If you need to adjust, then adjust your eating.
Excuse – I don’t want to starve myself every day. I don’t want to either. The hardest part of a weight loss diet is feeling hungry. There is even a diet called the “No Hunger Diet.” That usually means lots of protein and fiber that helps keep the belly fuller. With three meals and two snacks, you’d think you would never get hungry. The only diet you will literally feel starved on is the starvation diet. Yep, there are even starvation diets. You will not starve on any normal weight loss diet. With 1200 to 1400 calories a day, your body will not go into starvation mode.
You may even fast a few days and your body will not starve. Without any food, you will starve to death in 30-40 days. Starving isn’t good. Will you feel hungry at times—yes? In order to lose weight, you have to eat less than your body wants, thereby forcing it to go to its reserves—fat. That can sometimes cause you to feel a bit hungry. However, hunger is a long ways from starving. Charlene always says when your tummy growls, it’s your fat being chomped up. Dieting does not mean starving, by a long shot.
Excuse – I feel funny only eating a salad. That probably applies when going out to eat with co-workers, friends, or lunch after church. Wow, eating salads make you feel funny. I guess you are normally not funny. Okay, I know that means you are embarrassed or self-conscious about eating salads when everyone else is eating pizza or wings. If you are concerned then you need to get over it. Why do you care what everyone else thinks? You’re the only one who is eating right. You’re weight loss diet should be more important than what others might say.
First, if they say something, they are not friends. Second, you’re probably the only one even thinking about it. Third, you might just have issues about what other people say about you. I grew up with self-conscious issues—always concerned about what others think about me. It’s not easy to overcome. At some point, you just have to say, I’m me, and I don’t care what others think about me. You have to be you. If you are on a weight loss diet, then it’s more important than worrying about what others think about you going on a diet. Moreover, there will be those who try to sabotage you diet. Don’t let them.