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Top Weight Loss Excuses From Around the World

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.

I had a heart trauma last April, 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! 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. - 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 win at this game, extremely unlikely.

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 a day, smoked 3 packs of cigarettes, only ate fried food, dated 5 mea at a time and live 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. - So take them for a run. I take my 8-year-old on a mile walk every day that it is nice enough to do so. I take her to the park to ride for 45 minutes or more on weekends. We plan vacations near bike trails as well. When she was a baby, we just put here 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 make lifestyle changes and not go on a diet. 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 food is healthy. Here are some tips for saving money. Drink only water, it's free. Many grocery stores have a fruits and veggies that are discounted because they are past fresh: we by 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 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 boot 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 so swim, use the elliptical or ride 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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kkuhly wrote 128 months ago:
I like the comparison between the muffin and the cardio sessions! I need to start looking at the junk that I eat as the amount of time I would have to spend on the elliptical.
navygunner wrote 128 months ago:
Great one John! I probably used a few of those myself until I decided to get off my lazy butt and do something about it.
Supercatie80 wrote 128 months ago:
If your SO likes you the way you are, just think about how much more they will like you when you lose that unhealthy weight and are smokin' hot!

Sedentary job? Make some small changes and do some office exercises. Check it out:
Mustangsally1000 wrote 128 months ago:
lots of good thoughts there. I'm guilty of so many of them. I'm a work in progress..thanks for keeping me on track!
czechsmate wrote 128 months ago:
I have always been a healthy eater, have never really cared much for sweets. The last 7 or 8 years it has been the lack of movement...sitting behind a desk for 50 to 60 hours - 6 days a week was exhausting and I was stressed out. So my excuse was I am too tired to work out. Anywhoo, I spend much less time at work now (because I DO have a life!) I get my workouts in first thing in the morning 5 days a week, great way to start the day and it's over and done with!
tkd1985 wrote 128 months ago:
"On average, those that work at it can lose 40-100 lbs in a year. "

I LOVE this. I've been on here for 10 months, and am at 37lb lost! I thought this was quite a slow loss, but this made me feel on top of the world! I am 'WORKING AT IT'! 40lb in a year here i come :) xx
annabellj wrote 128 months ago:
love it as usual! my so has no interest in his health. eating right comes and goes but i decided that this is for me and ya it cant hurt if he likes it better! wish he would be as considerate to me!
cfreema wrote 128 months ago:
No excuses has been my motto here lately, so i love this post! I have used quite a few of these myself.

I am a Zumba nut and whenever I invite people to attend a class I always get the excuse, "i dont want people to laugh at me." Umm nobody is going to laugh at you. No one is even LOOKING at you. Get over yourself that you think you are so important that a class of 20-50 people will be focused on you and not the instructor!
Soozie1978 wrote 128 months ago:
You/re right, I've used some of those same excuses, mostly the too busy ones. But I also did try to eat healthy, get excercise, etc, and the weight didn't move. If this happens to you, be sure to see your doctor. You may have anemia, low functioning thyroid, or other health conditions that prevent you from achieving your weight loss or contribute to the gain. Once I got those and other health conditions balanced, then I have been able to loose the extra pounds.
baypathgradLyns wrote 128 months ago:
great post! I can def say some of these sound quite familiar :) I have pulled a 180 (for the most part, I still struggle @ social gatherings) and hopefully will keep this weight off for a LONG LONG LONG (ok, you get the picture) time!
baypathgradLyns wrote 128 months ago:
great post! I can def say some of these sound quite familiar :) I have pulled a 180 (for the most part, I still struggle @ social gatherings) and hopefully will keep this weight off for a LONG LONG LONG (ok, you get the picture) time!
slynnmiller wrote 128 months ago:
I needed this today ..thanks!
J3SSP3NNY wrote 128 months ago:
Awesome blog! Someone needed to say it :)
Hoppymom wrote 128 months ago:
Great post again! Easy to do at Christmas. "We always eat these for Christmas." "I have to eat what she cooks or she'll be hurt." and on and on and on....
denice0414 wrote 128 months ago:
So true ,so true. I may have used some of these a time or two myself. As alwawys, thanks for sharing, always enjoy your writings.
jlira01 wrote 128 months ago:
Great post! How about..healthy food doesn't taste good? I find that I"m cooking more and playing around with spices, etc.
TonyaLBC wrote 128 months ago:
Wow - did YOU just slap a few folks in the face! That was a serious dose of reality - and I appreciate you for it! I'm tired of excuses, too.
love22step wrote 128 months ago:
Today, I heard these excuses for not exercising: 1) I'm too old, and 2) I've never done it. Granted, she's old, and there are a whole lot of things she's never done, e.g., drive a car, ride a bike, cook a turkey, etc.,but she's getting too heavy for me to pick up off the floor when she falls! We're going to see the doctor and ask for physical therapy. She's a good example of what happens when you don't practice healthy habits. Start young and never stop!
JulieSchreier wrote 128 months ago:
I think if you are using excuses you probably just don't want to do it and wont. It's something that you need to work on to succeed.
anitam1987 wrote 128 months ago:
Haha nice I love this one:
Q: "I've heard that running puts me at risk for knee problems and arthritis later in life."
A: "LOL so swim"

Love it!
Rheatheylia wrote 128 months ago:
Love this! I'm so tired of hearing my mom talk about how much she needs to lose weight, but then whenever I try to talk to her about MFP or healthy weight loss there's always an excuse. Three months ago she had a craft show she was preparing for, and now it's "just too close to the holidays". *sigh* It's so frustrating when people ask for help and don't really want it.
cruiseking wrote 128 months ago:
leannamichelle wrote 128 months ago:
wow. well, I think you have covered all the excuses I could think of. Great blog. Thanks
chrisdavey wrote 128 months ago:
Great blog :) Don't agree with the cheat meal thing though as these can and are successfully used in dieting. Leptin/ghrelin reset. Otherwise, all good though.
sugardreams wrote 128 months ago:
Since I'm just starting (again) I love this list of things I will no longer use as excuses!! Great post!
becca1968 wrote 128 months ago:
Thank you for raining on my excuse parade the day after Just kidding. Really did enjoy reading your blog and yep, I've made most of those same excuses at one time or another.
Here is to MAKING 2012 the healthiest year of our lives.

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