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The Skinny on Weight Loss Excuses

It doesn't matter where you go, overweight and obese people have a million excuses for not losing and maintaining their weight. You can call it grasa, fett, gordura or just plain old fat, but it is a health hazard and you know it.
 
I had a heart trauma in April '11, and what I heard afterwards was this: 57% of those that have had a heart attack don't even continue to take their medication after the first refill! While, close to 80% make no significant life style changes.

If you are telling yourself there is some reason you cannot lose weight, you probably won't!

I don't have time. - If it was going out to dinner you probably would. Look you have time for lots of things, you need to schedule it. If working out is not in your calendar, it is unlikely that you'll win at this game.

I still have time. - You may be young enough where your food and lack of exercise is not a problem, but for most it doesn't work forever - especially past 40. Yeah, I know about your grandmother that drank a case of beer and smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day, only ate fried food, dated 5 men at a time and lived until 145. Let me know if you make it.

Everyone in my family is fat. - Why is that? Could it be diet and exercise?

It's a cheat day. - Get out your stones and excuses about shaking up your metabolism blah blah blah. The truth is that cheaters are in the group of roller coaster dieters, from which nearly all of them eventually gain back the weight they lost the other 6 days a week.

I have kids. - Yeah, so take them for a run. I take my 9-year-old walking, riding bikes, rolerblading, running every day that it is nice enough to do so. We plan vacations near bike trails so we can ride as a family. When she was a baby, we just put her in the front pack, or bicycle trailer. My YMCA has kids care as well.

I'm too busy. - Well, health is a choice; it might be time to make it.

The dog/kangaroo didn't eat it. - If you are full at the restaurant, you'll be tempted to eat whatever you bring home before lunch the following day. If that is the case, leave it.

I don't know what to do. - I don't know about you, but most of us here do not have degrees in health and nutrition. MFP is a good guideline for the amount of food, and balance of what we call macros: carbs, protein and fat. Here's a tip, if it is low-cal junk food, its still junk food. Cardio which is truly healthy is when the heart rate goes above 120. This requires walking at 3 mph or possibly higher.

It's too hard to lose weight, I've already tried. - You are correct, and you've proved it. That is why you need to forget dieting. You make changes you can do for the rest of your life.

I can't afford healthy food. - I will agree that a variety of healthy food costs more. Here are some tips for saving money. Drink only water, it's free. Many grocery stores have fruits and veggies that are discounted because they are past fresh: we buy 6 apples for a dollar, 2 peppers for half a buck, and 3 bananas for even less. Over all we find them to be a good value. Brown rice is the same price as white and far better. You'll be eating less, usually 3-4 ounces of meat or fish. You can buy packaged ham and cheese in bulk and freeze it. The same is true for some fruits and veggies. Frozen food isn't horrible, and most canned food can be rinsed to reduce sodium content.

It's too late.  - I'm already _____ years old. - Yup, and tomorrow you be that plus one day. I don't get it.

I'm afraid of failure. - I have met a few folks on MFP that have a lot weight to lose (me I was close to 100). It is a daunting task, and it takes time. Read the Success Story forums and friend those folks who have done what you need to do. I find it inspiring. On average, those that work at it can lose 40-100 lbs in a year. (Yes, I am sure there are some with medical reasons who cannot and I am not talking about them.)

I'm afraid of success! - Being obese for a long period of time becomes a way of life. We set up our enablers, buy cars, furniture and even our personality changes to accommodate our physical state. I sat with a guy the other day that could not fit in the booth at a lunch place. It was sad. Then he ordered a 3000 calories steak bomb. 

My significant other doesn't care why should I? - Most mature adults are smart enough not say "I would love you better thinner!" I suppose there are some that have spouses that like them in an unavailable state, but for the most part, our health is our concern. Losing weight has many benefits other than just looking and feeling better.

I can't exercise, there's no place for me to walk. - We need to start where we stand. The goal is eating well, and getting in three 30 minute cardio session a week in which we get the heart rate over 120. You can walk in place, by home gym resistance bands, and an array of other things. I bet you can find a treadmill on Craigslist for cheap!

I love to eat. - Yup, me too. I am just enjoying eating better, and less.

I do a lot of traveling for work and find it hard to stick to my weight loss plan. - It is not an easy task to eat out all the time, but many places I have stayed at had a refrigerator and a grocery store nearby.

I've heard that running puts me at risk for knee problems and arthritis later in life. LOL, that's BS. But you can try swimming, use the elliptical or riding a bike.

It's just one. - One breakfast muffin is equal to two 30 minute cardio sessions.

It's the holidays. - So?

I don't cook my own meals. - It's hard to control what others do. I made an agreement with my wife over what I was willing to eat each week. Communication helps, and filling up with a large snack before meals is also another option. If you eat half a bag of baby carrots, you are probably not going to chow down on the fried chicken.

Well, those are the ones that I used. How about you?

Thanks for the votes and comments, I very much appreciate them. 

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30 comments:

Time2LoseWeightNOW wrote 59 months ago:
...
and I've used just about everyone of those ...until coming to MFP.
ChiTown62 wrote 59 months ago:
I like your "quit your whining excuses" approach here.
PlantBasedRnr wrote 59 months ago:
Never seen The Walking Dead... but I do live for your blogs! I appreciate the brutal honesty in this one.
purebredpolly wrote 59 months ago:
This was great!
rccsinger wrote 59 months ago:
I used a lot of these excuses in the past. . .since joining MFP in Feb I lost approx. 40 lbs and I am at my goal weight. . . I have learned that

We have time for whatever we want. . .
You can plan restaurant meals ahead by looking at nutritional info online
If you can't get outside to walk, buy walking DVD's and do it at home (most of my exercise is done this way), or even better find free workouts on Youtube
I don't have cheat days, but I do allow myself to have sweets and other "forbidden" foods from time to time, it I don't I know I would binge
Plan your meals and shop sales. . .

Anyone who makes a commitment to lose weight will be able to succeed. . .
kirsten11872 wrote 59 months ago:
Great points and all true! If we really want something, we will stop making excuses and find a way!
clarity8796 wrote 59 months ago:
As always, great blog!
jboyes90 wrote 59 months ago:
First time I've read your blog... I really like your no nonsense approach.
I've used all these excuses plus some... I'm working on fixing that!
Very inspiring, thank you.
Zephrine wrote 59 months ago:
As above, very inspiring!
iamgunz wrote 59 months ago:
I really like your posts , they are very inspiring...i am not regular with posting, but this post of yours is so true to me that i had to ....you are an inspiration!! I have lost 15 kgs, but yet 6 kgs to go...hope this blog makes me work more hard...
PoisonDartFrog wrote 59 months ago:
I still use a few....but am doing much better this time around and am down 24 lbs since mid-October (almost 28% of the way there!!!).

But regardless of what you say, eating well when traveling for work is hard!. In my industry when you travel you are in meetings from as early as 7am to as late as 9-10p or leaving and going directly to the airport. Also, when meeting in groups, we share cars, etc and do not always have the freedom to go to the grocery store. And not everywhere I've been has a grocery store even remotely close.

That being said, if you don't change what made you fat in the first place, you will never lose weight. Don't give up on everything you are doing right, because you cant do everything every time. (So you eat out, make better choices, watch your serving sizes, limit the alcohol - even if someone else is paying for it) Keep walking, taking the stairs, etc.
kjurassic wrote 59 months ago:

Great post!

And...I travel for work A LOT. Sometimes for days at a time. I have an awesome cooler that I take with me and fill it with healthy foods. It CAN be done.

Just good to hear stuff like this when you may feel a little weaker than usual. Good stuff!
dsjohndrow wrote 59 months ago:
I have traveled a lot. Not easy.
scarrie39 wrote 59 months ago:
I'm a woman in my mid-50's and I've been using the excuse that my metabolism has really slowed down so it's impossible. Over the last year, I've gained 10 pounds and I see the writing on the wall - I will become obese if I don't get it in check now. It's requiring a rethinking of how I eat...conscious eating and keeping track. It's very, very difficult. Thanks for the inspiration.
ritas2156 wrote 59 months ago:
Holy Toledo do I identify with this! I started using MFP to prove to my Doc and my significant others that I just could not lose weight -- kind of a "see, I tried and it didn't work, so leave me alone!" Only, it DID work. MFP is a great tool for raising awareness of what I put into my body, plus a great educator for what I SHOULD be putting in my body. Between MFP and Eat This; Not That, I am losing weight! Finally! 60 pounds down and 122 to go. If I can do this, I think anyone can!
No excuse is good enough to justify choosing to be unhealthy.
ewyatt04 wrote 59 months ago:
According to my endocrinologist, your body reacts to a diet by reducing the energy it consumes and increasing your urge to eat. I was eating 1500 calories a day (tracking every day on MFP), walking my dog every day and working out four times a week -- cardio, weights, yoga. My weight was flat. Lost nothing for over a year. My doctor prescribed Saxenda, a new "hunger hormone" drug. It's not a magic bullet, but it makes it easier by sustaining a normal metabolic rate and normal hunger. I'm now losing a pound or so a week. Still eating 1500 calories a day, walking and working out. There's no getting around the effort that you have to put in, but Saxenda makes dieting less painful and more effective. There are other "hunger hormone" drugs. If you've been diligent but still can't lose weight, talk to your doctor.
cosmonew wrote 59 months ago:
I love this. I am actually annoyed by "newbie" starters who complain about all the above. I should just stop reading those threads. Nice blog post.
tpringle24 wrote 59 months ago:
Well Said!!
socialdchic wrote 59 months ago:
very true!
2BDYNAMIC wrote 59 months ago:
I LOVE someone like you who tells it like it is! No one ever gets anywhere at a snails pace ...... FIND THE TIME .........MAKE THE TIME!
Carolyn9141978 wrote 59 months ago:
I am about 1 month in to my lifestyle change (Keto baby yeah!) And I chose Keto because it fits in with a sedentary way of life... I am handicapped due to a car accident when I was a kid... I cannot do cardio exercise, I have a long long way to go to get to my goal weight, but I am working on it... I'm almost 40 now... time to finally have a life.
Goal179 wrote 59 months ago:
I would stop and write this stuff down, but I don't have a pen handy so.....
smantha32 wrote 59 months ago:
I used to do estate sales and there were often really nice treadmills for sale for 1/4 retail price or less. Some people walk in place or do fitness DVDs in their livingroom. Excuses are excuses.
nubianQueen02 wrote 59 months ago:
This is a wonderful post. keep them coming
jkd2426 wrote 59 months ago:
i was 47 years old i was working outside in the yard i became dizzy and my chest got tight i knew something was wrong, i went to the hospitol they said i had a small heart attack and a 90% blockage, so they did heart surgery and put a stent in, a couple years later it happened again then had another stent put in, i changed my eating and started exercising its been 7 years, you can reverse heart disease. i thought i was to young to get heart disease but apparently not..
jkd2426 wrote 59 months ago:
added to my comment above iam a women and in the emergency room i was not treated as men are treated when they go in with heart attack symptoms they take them more serious,but now they have more knowledge and women have heart trouble as much as men.
jenilla1 wrote 59 months ago:
Wow! If that's true that 80% of heart attack survivors don't bother to take their meds AND change their lifestyles, that makes me so angry! Here you are, getting a second chance, and you don't care enough to save yourself? Or even just spare your family the pain of your untimely demise? People can be such jerks!
crowgrl13 wrote 59 months ago:
It took me 19 months to lose 40 pounds, BUT I DID IT! I have 10 more to go. My culprit was a med that made me hungry all the time. I got off of it, and hoped the weight would just fall off, but no such luck. I started out walking 8 blocks (to the park and back), 3 days a week. That first time, I thought I was gonna die! Now I work out 6 days a week, usually 30 minutes of cardio and 10 - 20 minutes of step. I have never had a gym membership. It so easy to do, but so hard as well. If you have OnDemand, they have several free workouts on there you can do. You can rent exercise videos from the library, also free!
Do I like exercising? No, actually I kind of hate it. BUT...I hate myself more when I don't workout.
Either do it, or quit complaining, and don't expect anyone to feel sorry for you.
lisagetslim wrote 58 months ago:
yes i'm fat my weight has creep up to 230 lb 5ft 1 cut story short 2 much trauma over the years i look bk it was more comfort eating that got out of control & feeling sorry for my self from the 2nd of jan ive lost 5 lbs yes i have a way to go im ready for change fight & lose regain my energy levels & have a great lifestyle & look forward to reading your blog i will not be a quitter don't put off till tomorrow what you can achieve today.

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