When it comes to weight management, dieting is not an easy job, many begin but end up stopping, while many keep postponing when to actually begin and never begin at all. They then continue living unhealthy lifestyles by overindulging in their food consumption and eventually the weight problem escalates to disaster levels. The main thing that contributes to these unpleasant results is the lies individuals tell themselves in order to keep from dieting. However, it is still possible to make dieting work for you by simply recognizing these lies for what they are. Some of the commonly used dieting lies are:
1. I’m Not Bad Compared to so and so
Many people realize their weight problem but instead of doing something about it, they compare themselves to other individuals around them who are more overweight. They then seek comfort from the fact that others are worse off than they are. In no time, their weight levels become uncomfortable and still they try to find some other person who is still worse and compare themselves then continue with unhealthy eating habits. After some time, the weight problem then becomes a medical emergency forcing them to take drastic measures to manage it.
2. I Have Found a Miracle Diet
The concept of the miracle diet is totally unrealistic or downright silly. Miracle diets have been widely publicized by the so-called nutrition experts. Everyone comes up with a diet package and labels it a miracle diet when in truth it is actually very far from being a miracle. A miracle diet doesn’t exist because if it did, no one would be having weight problems. Most of these miracle diets are just ploys by nutritionists to target people who aren’t serious dieters and also an opportunity for them to make money and achieve fame.
3. After This I Will Not Eat Anything until Tomorrow
Many people go on an eating spree promising them not to eat until the next day. However, this often fails making them crave more food in just a few hours. The craving for more of the juicy steaks, chocolates, wine etc. doesn’t seem to go away and they actually find themselves waking up at night and eating something. What they fail to notice is that the more the body takes in, the more it will want. This then makes any efforts of dieting utterly impossible.
4. Certain Unhealthy Foods are great for the Body According to a Study
There are people who have overindulged in a certain unhealthy food because they read or heard somewhere that it is healthy for the body. People have for example overindulged in chocolates claiming that studies have shown it’s good for the brain; wine is great for the heart; meat is fine, if it’s white. Even though deep down they know that they are overindulging.
5. I can now eat as Much as I Want, I skipped Breakfast After All
Skipping breakfast very unhealthy but many individuals have used that to overeat later. This only causes more weight gain and trumps any dieting efforts or even ideas that one might have had.
6. I Will Start Dieting When I am Older
The misconception that dieting is best when you are older has misled many people who have led carefree unhealthy lives when they were younger. What they fail to realize is that they should start closely examining their eating habits when their bodies are younger to avoid any form of deterioration. As they do that, slowly, their body begins succumbing to the effects of too much unhealthy food.
7. I Will Sweat It Off At the Gym
Losing weight is very difficult compared to adding weight. All you need to do to increase weight is simply eat. Many avoid dieting by over-eating then promising themselves they will sweat it off at the gym. It takes many hours in the gym to actually make a difference. Some might stay in the gym for two hours then rush off to work believing that they have actually gotten rid of the weight accumulated from last night’s eating.
8. This is Just a Small Portion
People who eat a lot by claiming that they are just eating “small portions” find themselves unable to diet. They tend to eat these “small portions” between meals because they are craving food. These small portions contribute a lot to weight gain and unhealthy consequences because often times they are never small portions.
There are more lies that people tell themselves to keep from dieting but the above ones are just some of the common ones.