Sunday, May 23, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds by being honest about obesity and weight loss

 (Me above with red purse in 2011 and below in 2014 after 100-lb weight loss)

I've been sharing tips on how I lost 100 pounds (and now am working to lose weight again after shoulder surgery). I've been following the show "My 600-lb Life" because though I'm not morbidly obese anymore, nor seeking gastric bypass, the weight loss lessons are invaluable. Today, I'll share how I lost 100 pounds by getting serious about diet. 

On the reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" we see morbidly obese patients working (or not) toward gastric bypass surgery. It probably won't surprise you how many weight loss fail stories there are. The bariatric surgery patients didn't get to be 500 to 800 pounds overweight by making healthy choices. Some of the most dangerous choices that "My 600-lb Life" patients make are the lies about obesity. 

We saw Joyce, who was supposed to lose weight before gastric bypass, actually gain 60 pounds in one month! She made a bunch of excuses, how it was just water retention, and told many lies about how she followed the 1,200 calorie bariatric surgery diet. Joyce actually told bariatric surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan that she didn't know why she failed weight loss. The subtitled translation should have read "I won't tell you the truth about how much I really ate."

Clearly, morbid obesity, is not about candor and self-awareness.  So how I lost 100 pounds? I started being honest about being overweight. The scale may be off by a few pounds but it doesn't lie about obesity. I quit the self-delusional excuse-making about the need to lose weight. I stopped telling myself lies about diet and how much I was eating. 

Were there other mitigating factors causing obesity? Sure. But they're a moot point if I'm just going to use them as an excuse to avoid weight loss. Because no matter what other health conditions I have, none will be improved by being overweight. But being obese will make them worse.  

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