The weight loss conundrum. If someone came to me asking for advice about how to deal with this problem, what would I say to them? Would I tell them it’s a lost cause?
Many days I would have to say yes. When my best efforts seem to fail, it could be easy to quit. Is the entire struggle worth it? On bad days, no it’s not worth it. I always have to make choices I don’t want to make. My body is screaming for a Little Debbie Snack cake. Too much sugar and fat, my inner calorie counter declares. Don’t choose the T-bone—too much fat. You shouldn’t eat so much red meat. Put Balsamic vinegar on that salad instead of yummy ranch dressing.
Can you see why 97% of those who lose weight gain it back? Weight loss grows into life consuming obsession. You read every label. You read health articles and diet books. You scan the websites for pieces of helpful material. You are a member of several message boards. You sign on when you get up in the morning and sign off when you finally talk yourself into going to bed.
All dieters go through similar thinking. We’ve been there, done that. Statistics show 97% say phooey on it. Personally I don’t think all 97% just totally drop all efforts to diet. I think there are many of us who are being very successful at weight loss, but don’t want to give up on it totally. We can see the benefits. We want the benefits. It’s just a daily struggle.
Yet, we are willing to struggle. We try different approaches. We try different diets. We keep looking at labels and choosing better. Our weight goes up and down, yet we continue to push forward. We try our best not to go hog-wild on vacations. We more than likely fail. We fail a lot. Yet something in us says to keep trying. Getting this weight off is important. We know no obese old people.
This blog is probably uncomfortably realistic. I hope it is enough uncomfortable to encourage you to just keep trying. Make up your mind never to say I quit. Just keep moving forward and hopefully downward. With God, all things are possible. Moreover, I can do all things through Christ. There is help to push on.