This article is a straight talking no nonsense article. There are no flowery words or ridiculous excuses as to why you are fat. The very simple fact, and I'm not doubting it's a difficult fact to swallow but none the less it's still a fact: you and you alone are responsible for being fat. You're fat because of you!
Forget blaming your metabolism: bigger people have a faster metabolism than smaller people. It takes much more energy to move a big body than it does a small body. And that is a fact.
Stop telling everyone including yourself that you don't eat a lot: it is scientifically impossible to be fat without eating more food than your body requires. Your body burns energy and if you don't provide that energy through your food intake your body will burn existing energy (fat) in your body, hence you will lose weight. Your body needs energy to do everything including sitting, sleeping and even breathing.
While we all inherit different things from our parents, including genes: you do not inherit fat. Yes, you can be tall, short, broad, narrow, pear or apple shapped etc but not fat. The fat bit comes from too many calories coming in and not enough calories going out. Guess who's responsible for that? You are and that is a fact!
If you're tired of the same old excuses and are ready to face some straight hard facts read on. If not, time to leave this page :)
10 Reasons Why You're Fat and What You Can do About It
- You're Lazy:
You blame time, the kids, work, the cheap local chippy etc but that's not the whole truth. No, the truth is you're lazy. It only takes 20 minutes of exercise a day to aid weight loss. Are you honestly telling me you can't find 20 minutes in a 24 hour day (that's 20 minutes out of 1,440 minutes) to go for a walk? Thought not!
- You Have no Will Power:
Learn to say no. Say no to that piece of cake, bar of chocolate or large glass of wine. Aim to say no at least twice a day and build up from there. If someone has made you something special have a small portion and bring the rest to work or give it to the kids to bring to school. Tell your friends and family you are changing your eating habits and intend to choose more healthy options so treats will have to wait till the weekend and NO! you can't save them till then.
- You're Greedy:
We can all be a bit of a pig a times, but you have gotten so used to that extra portion that you don't even notice it. Cutting a few fine slivers of chocolate cake soon adds up to an extra slice. Eating leftovers because you don't want to waste food: make it into something else or simply cook less. Eating goodies while watching a movie, why not just watch the movie! Look at what you're eating. Are you even hungry? Cut back on your portions a little at a time and pass on second helpings: that's just greedy.
- You Blame Others:
It's your mother's, your partner's or whoever's fault your fat: they cook too good; stock the cupboards with treats; make huge dinners; pay for takeaways. And anyway they like you the way you are. Whatever! you're the one stuffing your face and they can't see the state your organs are in: bet they wouldn't like that too much.
- What You Eat:
Your diet consists of large quantities of high fat foods. High fat foods, sugary and salty foods will contribute greatly to you being overweight. Not only that, but high fat foods will make you feel tired and the last thing on your mind will be that 20 minutes of exercise we talked about, more likely a 20 minute catnap will be on the cards. Eating a healthy balanced diet (lean meats, fish, fruit and vegetables) will never ever make you fat.
- What You Drink:
Sugary drinks like sugary foods will add vast amounts of calories to your diet. A regular 330ml can of soda or fizzy drink has an average 200 calories. That's a lot of calories in one small can. Drink water, natural juices and herbal teas to keep your body hydrated without the calorie intake. Cutting back on sugar will also give you more energy, for that 20 minutes of exercise we keep talking about.
- You're Addicted to Junk Food:
Caffeine and sugar are addictive and of course both are present in junk food. If you can't do cold turkey cut back on the junk a little more each day over a period of time and you will reap the awards. Ask your Doctor to help you and check out my hub on homemade fries.
- You're Stuck in a Rut:
Your fed up being fat but can't get motivated. Join a slimming club or get a friend on board to provide that much needed encouragement. It's hard to lose weight: no one is saying it isn't but with a little help you can and will do it. You have to take the first step and slimming clubs are great for motivation as everyone is in the same fat boat.
- You Have Too Much Time To Eat:
Eating takes time. Where are you getting all the time to eat all this food? If you work from home or work part time perhaps you need a hobby. Getting healthy could be one: join a gym, go swimming or at least get out for a walk.
- You Don't Care:
Perhaps you don't care! Maybe diets aren't for you and you hate the gym. Lets presume you've tried all the diets out there and they don't work. Fair enough, but you can eat grilled meat instead of fried can't you? Surely cutting back on a few treats or changing the treats you eat is a move in the right direction. A walk won't kill you and who knows you might just take it a day at a time and lose a few pounds too. Before you know it those pounds will add up to a substantial weight loss. A pound a month is almost a stone a year, you can surely do that!
I do realise of course that a small percentage of people experience weight problems due to illness and of course their circumstances are completely different. That is not what we are discussing on this hub.
I hope those of you who struggle with your weight will have a good look at yourself, your diet and your life: it's very difficult to get motivated; to change habits; to stop blaming everyone and everything a part from yourself. The one true thing that is most important when losing weight is honesty. Be honest with yourself, your family and friends. Make changes bit by bit and stick to them.
If you've had a bad day, so what. It doesn't mean you've failed: you've just had a bad day. Think about it, if you've been successfully eating healthy for weeks and you have a bit of a splurge, how can that ruin all your good work? Go for an extra long walk and cut back a little over the next few days. Don't give up and don't dwell on the odd splurge here and there. We are all guilty of doing that from time to time, ok, I guess those skinny celebs don't and if they do, I don't think water and seeds count. Have you ever seen a fat bird (the feathered kind)? No! well neither have I. Go for it...
Plant Paradox: this book is rather unusual but full of interesting information and looks at health and diet from a different perspective than your usual option
Take a Vote
Admitting to yourself that you're fat because of you is the first step to losing weight. Knowing and understanding your reason for being fat, whether it's one of the above or something else is half the battle. Finding your weakness will help you lose weight once and for all :)
Oh! and well done to all those who voted: take the next step...
Come On Guys And Gals Be Honest
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© 2013 Gabriel Wilson
Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 12, 2019:
Change can always take time so keep doing what your doing :)
Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on July 11, 2019:
I can't think of any other options right now besides the one I suggested and the ones you have listed. Even now that I am more educated, my body works against me sometimes because it is used to the trashy way I have been treating it!
Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 11, 2019:
That's very true Tiffany, if you haven't been introduced how to eat it is very possible that you will eat too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the good ones are just not realise how your body works. It is boring but it's also true that our bodies need nurturing and some indulgence is also good. The deal is knowing how much. I will add another poll as I can't change the one I have. Do you have any other options you think would be advisable? And well done to you, it's always worth looking after your body, it works hard. Keep us updated or write a hub we can check out :)
Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on July 08, 2019:
I freaking LOVE this article! Straight to the point and just telling it like it is. I would have loved to see "I'm ignorant" on your poll because I think there are quite a few people (myself included) that fall into that category. We just didn't really know how much of what to eat. I say "didn't" because I have been taking the initiative to educate myself, and it is quite overwhelming!! Anyway, great freaking article...thanks!
Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on January 08, 2018:
Adam for some reason I am only seeing your comment now. You can't fast for two weeks and not lose weight. Two weeks fasting would leave you in a terrible state. I'm not saying I don't believe you, but seriously it is a little difficult to survive for close to two weeks, fasting. What were you eating when you did eat? or drink? I hope you are ok and I am being very genuine.
Adam Welds on May 06, 2017:
I would have loved all of this to be true and although I see the value of brutal honesty delivered respectfully none of these seem to fit my circumstance. I will eat coal if it delivered the results.
So many different diets I have tried and even the spiritual approached I even allow myself to eat whenever I am hungry but always the same results. I once fasted for close to 2 weeks and did not lose a pound this should be impossible.
What draws me to junk food is after major failures..... I rationalize that I can get nothing doing nothing. So why submit myself to the rigors of dieting when the result is the same. The only real success that I have ever experienced is starvation or Bernsteins but neither is sustainable.
I am trapped my spirit body mind wont allow me to just accept this situation because over the last 10 years or more I have invested so much in this pursuit.
Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on March 08, 2014:
Thank you for reading and leaving a comment too. I kow it's a bit blunt so it's great to get feedback. Also thank you for sharing :)
Inga from New York on March 07, 2014:
Very good article! love it! :) Shared!
Inga from New York on March 05, 2014:
Well done Gabriel! love it! :)
Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on April 05, 2013:
It's difficult when you want to lose weight; can't get motivated; feel in a rut; love eating, but blaming everyone and everything won't help. I believe facing the truth just like any problem is the start of change. Your comment inforces that khmazz; thank you :)
Kristen Mazzola from South Florida on April 04, 2013:
I love the brutal truth of it all! Great hub!