• Amelia Sides

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Okay, I love this site. dumblittleman.com is great. Tips on how to stay sane and organized. This article on weight loss outlines the real reasons diets don’t work and how to lose weight for good! ( and that is perminent change in attitude and lifestyle, not a quick fix) http://www.dumblittleman.com/2008/02/overcoming-weight-loss-bs.html

Some Food for Thought (no pun intended).(You can still look away at any time). 1. External change needs to be accompanied (or preceded) by, internal change (for it to be lasting). 2. Most people who lose weight regain it (over 95%) because they haven’t really changed their attitude or thinking. They change their behaviors for a while but deep (deep, deep) down they haven’t really changed their core thinking, beliefs, attitudes or standards. On a subconscious level many people are waiting for it (the diet, the fitness kick) to be over, so they can go back to being ‘normal’. And even when they do eat less and exercise more they (often) slide into a deprivation mentality – constantly telling themselves that they’re ‘missing out’. 3. If we tell ourselves that losing weight will be a painful, horrible process – it will be (for everyone). Attitude = outcome. 4. The sooner we stop looking for ‘easy’ and start looking for ‘effective’, the sooner we’ll start to see real (forever) change. 5. Weight-loss martyrs are a pain in the ass – “I’ve been so good… I’ve been so good.” 6. While food, exercise and lifestyle are important ingredients and variables in the weight-loss process, it is the thing on top of our shoulders which determines how we eat, exercise and live, which in turn determines our physiological state. 7. The fat person with all the knowledge, education and resources… and a crap attitude, will stay fat. 8. The fat person with limited knowledge, resources and genetic potential.. and a great attitude, will produce much better results every time. 9. The sooner we stop getting in shape for ‘events’ (weddings, birthdays, reunions, parties) and start getting in shape for life, the sooner we’ll start to see forever results. 10. The fitness industry and medical profession often have a one-dimensional approach to weight-loss; physical. This is ignorant, naive and ineffective. Losing weight (effectively) is a complex, multi-dimensional process (physical, emotional and psychological). 11. Losing weight is not about finding the right program, diet, supplement or drug; it’s about finding the right attitude. 12. Many (okay, most) fat people make excuses and tell lies. A lot. Just ask the ex fat kid. Yes, I know this sounds offensive but if you had experienced the thousands of conversations with as many fat people as I have, you’d know that I’m telling the truth. You can get offended or educated; it’s a choice. 13. By the way, ‘fat ‘ is not an insult (in this discussion), it’s a physiological state. 14. The sooner we call fat what it is (as opposed to deluding ourselves by calling each other full-figured, big-boned, heavy-set and voluptuous) the sooner we will get serious about addressing obesity in a real, practical, no bullshit way. Perhaps we should worry less about political correctness and more about heart disease, diabetes, bowel cancer and the plethora of other obesity-related conditions.”Whatever you do, don’t mention the ‘F’ word.. you might hurt her feelings; she’s not fat, she’s voluptuous!”. 15. We love to play the blame game. We wanna blame someone or something for our obesity. It’s a time thing. It’s a genetics thing. As long as it’s not a ‘me’ thing. Otherwise I might have to get off my ass and take responsibility for my fat self.

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