Seriously. Stop eating. Drink water, or maybe you shouldn’t. I’m not sure if there is anything left. In fact, if you stop eating, you’ll lessen your ecological footprint. Save the space on earth for someone that is actually eating.
If you think of a food item, just type in Google, “Why you should stop eating (fill in the blank). It doesn’t matter what it is, there is a reason you shouldn’t be eating it. This is exactly why we are so confused. I’ve tried to blame everything I put in my mouth for my weight gain. I didn’t blame fresh fruits and veggies, but I blamed everything else. I did blame some of my vegetables. Potatoes, a starch a carb, bad. Beans, a starch a carb, bad. Starchy veggies that contain carbs MUST be bad.
I totally get why a soda is bad for you and candy and dessert. Anything that tasted good has to be BAD. There was a rule of thumb: if it tasted bad that means it must be good for you. Does anyone relate to this line of thinking? We feel that we can’t be good unless our food tastes bad. We quickly ditch that 2000 calorie diet and eat what we like. Might as well enjoy your food. You only live once, just some are here for a little less time than others.
Have you noticed how easy it is to gain weight, but near impossible to lose it? Your body will gladly and happily take extra calories, but seems to rebel when we take in fewer calories. When we eat less, our body says “Uh oh, I’m going to starve. I’m not getting as much food, so I must work hard to store lesser food as fat so I won’t starve to death”. Our body goes into a state of reduced metabolism, the thing we need to speed up in order to burn calories. This means, that fewer calories in, our bodies fight back and will win, either now or in the future. Since you forced it to starve for awhile, it makes sure you have even extra fat in the future. Kind of like stocking up on extra food when it snows in Dallas, Texas because you believe you may be stuck in your house until you starve to death. I worked as a cashier at a grocery store, so I know for a fact that this is true. Our minds go into an irrational place when we worry about not having enough food. Your body does the same thing. I can’t say whether this is a subconscious thing or a brain thing, but I’m suspecting it is completely biological.
So, this means cutting calories does not help you with long-term weight loss. Our bodies go into overdrive to push us to finally give in and just eat.
We know we have to eat and now we know that eating less doesn’t solve our problem. We also know that food is scary. So now what? I’ll share with you the good news that you can actually eat and lose weight.
P.S. If you know this movie, what is the line? Please, sir, can I have some more……chicken?