‘Well, what’s the point if I can’t let loose once in a while?’
Once again I was watching my favourite show, X Weighted. The family on the show was comprised of two overweight parents and their slightly over weight son. At the half way mark both of the parents were weighed in and they had both lost a healthy amount of weight, yet, they both expressed their disappointment that their weight was not lower and as well, how hard it was to motivate their son to stick with the diet as he is a teenager and constantly pushed back against their healthy meal choices.
The end of the episode showed the son at his healthy weight, he had achieved his goal and was no longer obese. Both of the parents however failed to lose any more weight after the half way point, in the entirety of the six months they had been doing the show the nearly 400 pound dad lost almost 30 pounds and the mother who had lost 12 pounds at the halfway point only lost 10 pounds in total. She had GAINED 2 pounds!
The doctor on the show was understandably disappointed and a little confused at their lack or weight loss and when he asked the mother responded, ‘Well, yeah, every once in a while I would go out and get a burger. Why can’t I even have a burger? If I can’t even do that then what’s the point?’ Which you and I and even the T.V. doctor knows is total B.S. If a 400 pound man can’t lose more than 30 pounds in 6 months then obviously your having more than just one burger every once in a while.
This is the problem with not being up front and honest with yourself, you may fool yourself into believing that you are just having a burger every once in a while, but the truth is you eat the burger, then the fries, then you have blown the diet for that day anyway so you get an ice cream, but because you hide all this from your rebellious son who you do not want calling you a hypocrite you sit down and have the healthy meal that you prepared the family as well.
This is why food diaries are such a blessing, they force you to write down everything you have so you can’t be in denial. This is why having a dedicated weight loss partner is such a blessing, because if you both really want to lose weight you won’t enable yourselves to stray from the diet, instead you will motivate each other to keep going. This is why being able to pay someone to kidnap you and hide you in a remote place so you can’t cheat is such a blessing, because basically you are forced into sticking with the diet because what else are you going to do? Wade through a jungle with snakes and spiders, and God knows what else, oh my?
This is why the Emotionally Focussed Eating Program is such a bonus, it is tailored to help you learn how to be up front and honest with yourself.
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